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“The uncertain promise of future happiness: Women, youth and urban change in Ibadan, Nigeria”

Professor Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin
Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University

Date: Wednesday,March 20, 2019 | 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: PA 433 (History Lounge), Carleton University.

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This paper is an introduction to the making of marriage as legal and social form in an emerging colonial-capitalist system of reproduction across race in nineteenth century Natal, a small British colony on the Southeast African coast. African, Indian and European customary practices of marriage became the focus of regulation, and of reformist discourse, under British colonial rule. The processes by which missionaries, settlers, state legislators and bureaucrats engaged these practices reflected the moral regulation inherent in state formation. By setting the contemporaneous regulation of different forms of marriage practices alongside each other, it is possible to view the differing historical and legal forms of gendered social order coming into being in this colony by the turn of the twentieth century for each of these colonial groups. In each case, the sedimentation of marriage regimes in the law was inflected by pre-existing forms of power which were appropriated and transformed by the colonial state’s legal institutions in conversation with its differently-constituted legal subjects.

Nafisa Essop Sheik received her PhD in African History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2012. She is Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Johannesburg, and for 2018/19 she is the Cornell Visiting Professor in History at Swarthmore College. She works on gender, law and nineteenth century British colonialism in South Africa.

Date: Friday March 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: PA 433 (History Lounge), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

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Vacancy | Assistant Professor, History  (Permanent)
Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position which will commence July 1, 2019 subject to final budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant Professor.

We are seeking a historian whose work focuses on the Islamic world, South or East Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, or the global south. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses in global/world history. The ability to develop and teach courses in global gender issues will be a strong asset, as will the ability to also teach existing history courses at Mount Royal. A Ph. D. in history is required.

New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. The successful candidate will be hired into the teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS). There is an option to change work patterns after tenure.

The successful candidate will be required to teach one course annually in General Education, with the rest of their teaching load in Humanities. 

For more information visit website here or contact Dr. Mark Gardiner, Chair, Department of Humanities at (403) 440-6541 or

Closing Date: March 11, 2019