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Call for Application | Globalization, Media and the African City

Calling all undergraduate students with a passion for African Studies!
The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University is hosting its 5th annual undergraduate research conference on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

This years’ theme; Globalization, Media and the African City, provides students a fascinating interdisciplinary and creative lens to explore the intersections of everyday life, urbanism and the future of Africa the context of globalization. We must not limit our understanding of the city to the physical but extend it to the imaginaries propelled by culture and urban design. The media, globalization, popular culture, and industrialization are continuously influencing the urban space, and this conference seeks to examine the intrinsic and synergic relations between Globalization, Media and the African City.

The organizing committee of the IAS undergraduate conference welcomes well-researched papers addressing any of the above-listed subthemes relating to the African City. Local and international
undergraduate students interested in participating in the conference are encouraged to submit an abstract by July 6th, 2019. The abstract should be between 250 and 400-word for a final paper suitable for a 20-minute presentation.

For more information, please email the organizing committee at communications.iasconference@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @IASSACarleton or Facebook at the Institute of African Studies Student Association -IASSA for continuous updates.

See more information here.

Call for Application | 2020-2021 Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct research for an academic year or for one semester in a range of fields related to African and African American Studies. With a record of supporting more than 300 Fellows since its founding, the Institute has arguably done more in its short existence to ensure the scholarly development of African and African American Studies than any other pre-doctoral or post-doctoral program in the United States.

Fellows work in such areas as art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, journalism, and creative writing.

NOTE: If you will be using Interfolio to send us recommendations, please have the Interfolio packet/PDF mailed to du_bois@fas.harvard.edu

See more information and how to apply here.

Call for Application | Writer’s Residency
Burkina Faso

The Goethe-Institut/ Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou is setting up a writer’s residency for young African writers (less than 40 years) in 2019/20 in Burkina Faso.

This residency program aims to give a platform for free expression
– to writers who project the vision of (another) future in their writings,
– to writers who have restrictions of expression in their country of origin,
– to activist writers who express themselves in relation to social and/ or political transformations and challenges in their countries.

The residence is open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, comic, etc.
The production of a text is mandatory for the authors in residence. The texts produced will be published at the end of 2020, either in physical or digital version.

The applications shall be sent to the following addresses:

Carolin Christgau, Director Goethe-Institut:
carolin.christgau@goethe.de
Francois d’Assise Ouédraogo, Assistant Goethe-Institut:
programm-ouagadougou@goethe.de
Goethe-

The closing date for sending applications is July 7, 2019, 23:59 GMT+0

See more information and General conditions of residency here.

Call for Papers | Rethinking Africa’s Urban Future(s)
2nd Concordia–McGill Universities African Studies Conference  3 – 4 October 2019

The Concordia African Studies Working Group, in partnership with the African Studies Program at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, presents the 2nd Concordia-McGill Universities African Studies Conference.

Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization. More than 22 million people are added to Africa’s urban population every year. By 2035 more than half of the continent’s population will be living in urban areas and Africa will host six of the 41 megacities of the world. For some, urbanization is the single most important transformation taking place on the African continent. Thus viewed, rapid urbanization bears critical implications on the future of Africa. Focussing on the social-cultural, economic and political dimensions, rapid urbanization can lead to efficient social service delivery, economic growth, and changes in state-society relations and regime politics on the continent.

We invite contributions that address the intertwined social-cultural, economic, and political relationships in the ongoing urban transformation of the African continent such as:
• Everyday life, inclusion and exclusion in urban Africa
• Social movements in African cities
• Urbanization and regime politics
• Urbanization and gender relations
• Posthumanism, assemblage urbanism and infrastructures of urban Africa
• Methodological and theoretical innovations for understanding urban Africa
• Urban planning and informality
• Technology, smart cities, and innovation in Africa

Submission Guidelines
Please send abstract of no more than 300 words to africasurbanfuturesconference@gmail.com by July 30, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers by September 13, 2019.

See more information here.

Call for Application | 2019 Aspire Grant Program

The Aspire Grant Program provides competitive research grants of up to $5,000 USD for African graduate students and early career professionals working in the areas of biodiversity, conservation and environmental sustainability in the Congo Basin region.

CARN established the Aspire Grant Program in 2014 to support and encourage young African scientists to conduct novel conservation research and management activities that address the critical challenges facing wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystem health in the Congo Basin. Critically, these small grants can build the foundation for young African researchers to become independent, providing “bridge funding” that allows them to compete in larger international arenas. Most importantly, small research grants will encourage and provide a means for young Africans to remain engaged in their research and stay in their native countries to practice their trades.

Why the Congo Basin?

The Congo Basin rainforests comprise one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world and harbor an estimated 20% of all known species of plants and animals. While efforts are underway to implement conservation projects, habitat conversion, mineral extraction, forest degradation and deforestation continue at accelerating rates. Exacerbating these threats, the African continent, and the Congo Basin in particular, is predicted as one of the regions to be most severely affected by climate change. Recent projections suggest rainfall patterns will change dramatically and 50% of African mammals are at risk of extinction if the rise in mean global temperature exceeds 3°C, an increase predicted to occur by the end of the century (IPCC 2014). Furthermore, impacts from severe water and food scarcity, environmental deterioration, agricultural pests, emerging human diseases, and climate change impede the development of constructive and sustainable conservation solutions. To meet these challenges, Central Africa desperately needs a new generation of environmental and conservation experts.

See more information about this grant and how to apply here.

Call for Papers | 15th International African Studies Conference 
Moscow May 26-29, 2020

On May 26-29, 2020 in Moscow the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in co-operation with the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries, holds the 15th African Studies Conference titled Destinies of Africa in the Modern World. The Conference main events will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee have considered all the panel proposals received by it. The list of accepted proposals can be found below. The deadline for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts within 300 words in Russian or English) is November 15, 2019. The proposals should be sent directly to the respective panel convener(s) who is (are) to inform the applicant about his (her) application’s fortune by December 1, 2019 – the date by which the panel conveners are to submit their compiled panels to the Organizing Committee.

The information to be submitted alongside with the paper abstract includes full name, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number.

In the case the proposal is accepted and you need a Russian entry visa, the Organizing Committee will contact you with regards to your visa application support at a Russian Consulate or Embassy in the beginning of the year 2020.

See more information here.

Call for Application | ICM Fellowship at Cornell University – Spring 2020

Cornell University’s Institute for Comparative Modernities welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean etc.) for a resident fellowship at Cornell University for a period of between two and four months to undertake research, writing, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to the Institute’s work on comparative modernities. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students; to introduce their work to new audiences through a public presentation; and to involve themselves in the activities of the Institute.

The ICM will award one fellowship for the Spring semester of 2020 (January to May). The Fellow will receive up to $7,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. ICM cannot guarantee success in obtaining a visa, as this is issued by the US government. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow.  ICM can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability. 

Requirements        

  • Applicants must be from and resident in the Global South at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.       
  • These fellowships cannot to be used for doctoral dissertation or master’s degree research. 
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America in recent years (since 2014) are not eligible.  

Application

Applications must be submitted online by the July 31, 2019 deadline via email to icm.fellowships@cornell.edu

See more information about this fellowship and how to apply here.

Film Screening

Ottawa African Festival 10th Anniversary

Exciting line up featuring:
2Baba (2face) • Lorraine Klaasen • Ferre Gola • Benny Paladin • Wonder Boy • Ras Fiery • Alton • Idelity • Thabo • Marielle • Highlight Band • Y K Dalas featuring Naijacomedy&Theater group • Hamid Ayoub • TYAF (Benin Republic) • Moh Paco (Algeria) • and many more

Dates: July 26 – 28, 2019
Location: Queen Juliana Park 870 Carling Ave., West, Ottawa, ON