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5th Annual IAS Undergraduate Conference Globalization, Media and the African City

The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University’s 5th annual undergraduate research conference holds 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 in 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.

For more information, send an email to communications.iasconference@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @IASSACarleton or Facebook at the Institute of African Studies Student Association – IASSA for more information.

Date: October 5, 2019 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
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Book Launch!

Refugees’ Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace
Beyond Beneficiaries

Megan Bradley, James Milner, and Blair Peruniak, Editors

​How are refugee crises solved? This has become an urgent question as global displacement rates continue to climb, and refugee situations now persist for years if not decades.
The resolution of displacement and the conflicts that force refugees from their homes is often explained as a top-down process led and controlled by governments and international organizations.

This book takes a different approach. Through contributions from scholars working in politics, anthropology, law, sociology and philosophy, and a wide range of case studies, it explores the diverse ways in which refugees themselves interpret, create and pursue solutions to their plight. It investigates the empirical and normative significance of refugees’ engagement as agents in these processes, and their implications for research, policy and practice. This book speaks both to academic debates and to the broader community of peacebuilding, humanitarian and human rights scholars concerned with the nature and dynamics of agency in contentious political contexts, and identifies insights that can inform policy and practice.

Date: September 26, 2019 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: The Learning Crossroads (CRX) – Room C020, 100 Louis-Pasteur Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N3

See more information here.
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Emancipation and the Politics of Identity

Dr. Firoze Manji
Adjunct Professor, Institute of African Studies

Abstract
I consider the politics of identity in relation to the concept of “African”. I trace the origin of the term used by Europe as a shorthand for the non-human or lesser-being to its emergence as an identity intimately linked to a struggle for human emancipation. I will discuss the consequences of delinking that identity from emancipatory struggles during the post-independence and neoliberal era which have resulted in the descent into ethnicism.

Date: October 18, 2019 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: 1811 Dunton Tower, Carleton University

This event is part of the Research Talk Series of the Department of English Language & Literature

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Call for Papers, Abstracts & Opportunities

Case studies and prototypes for Gendered Design in STEAM in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Carleton University in Canada is launching a call for expressions of interest on Gendered Design in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This call is part of an explorative research program and is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada).

Objective of the Call
Identify, support and promote a community of experts in LMICs engaged, or interested in engaging with Gendered Design as a potential field of practice and research. This call will do so by fostering and disseminating knowledge on how and by whom Gendered Design is practiced and could be practiced in LMICs, and by further supporting capacity building in this field.

Call Focus
The call will give priority to proposals that:

  • are led by women and/or that benefit women directly or indirectly in light of their lived experiences, perspectives and histories;
  • articulate with care and imagination how they fall within the category of ‘Gendered Design’ in their respective context in order to account for what gender and design can mean within different LMIC geographical and national contexts; and
  • concentrate on the following STEAM sectors: transport/mobility; renewable energy; manufacturing; housing/built environment/ public space; infrastructure; and accessibility (which can be cross-cutting).

Applicants must first respond to this call by submitting an expression of interest by September 27, 2019 11:59 PM

View detailed application guide here.

Informing Migration Policy: International Experience and Evidence Conference​

The Informing Migration Policy: International Experience and Evidence Conference will bring together experts at Carleton University and other universities in Canada along with experts in government and the NGO community to look at issues related to the politics and policy of migration. We have a diverse interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program of research on the factors that affect the political discourse related to international migration and support and/or hinder the way individuals navigate different international migration pathways.

The list of topics identified to be of particular interest are:

  1. Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy and Politics
  2. Development and Implementation of Global Refugee Policy
  3. Selection, Recruitment and Retention of Economic Immigrants
  4. Immigrant Economic Outcomes
  5. Immigrant Health Data: Outcomes, Services and Mobility
  6. Immigrant Settlement: Education and Technology

Our goal is to share insights and stimulate research partnerships that will ultimately lead to transformative changes in international migration policies and programs and to more positive and constructive political debates related to immigration and border issues.

Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 — Friday, October 4th, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Richcraft Hall, Second floor conference rooms, Carleton University

View conference program here.

September 26 – Panel Discussion
The outlook for Ethiopia, given the many changes in the last 18 months

The Africa Study Group is happy to announce its first event of the 2019-2020 season.

Time: Thursday, September 26th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: Colonel By Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West

The panel will be moderated by Tag Elkhazin, Carleton, who will give some background on existing Ethiopian constitutional arrangements. The panel will include:

  • Dr Sosina Bezu,  Christian Michelsen Institute, Norway, “Ethiopian Women in Government – implications for women empowerment”
  • Hone Mandefro Belaye, Concordia University “Reform under a Coalition of Ethnic Nationalist Parties: rhetoric and reality”
  • Logan Cochrane,  Carleton University  and Hawassa University, Ethiopia Pressures on the existing decentralized federation”
  • Tag Elkhazin, is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton and member (and Senior Outreach Co-ordinator) of the ASG’s Steering Committee.

October 3 – Panel Discussion 
The several crises in Cameroon, their root causes and possible way out, with Chris Roberts of the University of Calgary and Maxime Jong, a political analyst from Douala

Time: Thursday October 3 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Place: La Relance, 270, boul des Allumettières, Gatineau (entry by the rear door from the parking lot).  Free parking is available with La Relance’s parking and on nearby streets.

**This event will be in both English and French**

  • Chris Roberts teaches political science at the University of Calgary, specializing in African politics, security, and development, as well as Canadian foreign policy in Africa. He is also president of African Access Consulting (est. 1995). He was Western Canada-Vice President (2004-2009) of the Canadian Council on Africa. See his article on Cameroon here:
  • Maxime Jong has degrees in management, strategy, international affairs from UQAM and Université de Montréal. He lives in Douala, where he supports efforts for inclusive dialogue to address the multifaceted crises affecting Cameroon. He was a strategic adviser to candidate Akere Muna during the 2018 presidential election.

Vacancy | Assistant Professor of History
Faculty – Full time

The Department of History at the UW-Madison invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in U.S. International and Diplomatic History. The successful candidate will hold the William Appleman Williams & David G. and Marion S. Meissner Chair in U.S. International and Diplomatic History.

We welcome candidates of all specializations and time periods, including applicants whose expertise focuses on U.S. foreign relations, diplomacy, and/or how the U.S. as a member of the global community responds to matters such as human rights, immigration, empire, environmental concerns, and cultural productions. Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. The appointment is expected to begin in August 17, 2020.

Ph.D. in History or related field by start of appointment.

Applications received until position is filled.

See more information and how to apply here.

Call for Fellowship Applications | Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)

“Point Sud, Muscler le savoir local”, a Bamako based Institute for Advanced Studies, invites applications for a three year fellowship from early career scholars based at African universities. Successful applicants will be part of a cohort of 15 early career scholars in the Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA). PAPA is a Three-year post-doctoral training programme, held mostly in French, and generously funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Mamadou Diawara (University of Frankfurt, Germany) and Prof. Elísio Macamo (University of Basel, Switzerland). The courses in Bamako will take place every year in the first two weeks of March and September, starting in March 2020 and ending in September 2022.

Fellows will receive a monthly grant of 300 € on top of travel funds allowing them to attend the courses in Bamako. Meals and hotel expenses are covered in Bamako. A lump sum fund of 10.000 € is foreseen to organize workshops at the home institution, invite researchers and collaboration partners, to attend conferences (in their home countries and abroad), conduct research and work on their publications.

Application Deadline is October 31, 2019. 
Contact:  Dr. Stefan Schmid, ZIAF, s.schmid@em.uni-frankfurt.de

See more information and how to apply here.

Call for Applications | Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future

The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2020–2021 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 5th to November 7th, 2019.

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at leading universities worldwide. The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers by lowering the barriers women face when entering STEM disciplines, thus reducing the gender gap. Faculty for the Future Fellows are expected to return to their home countries after completion of their studies to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions. They can also make contributions in the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making. In so doing, they become powerful role models and help to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.

Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD50,000 per year for a PhD and maximum of USD 40,000 per year for a Post-doc and may be renewed through to completion of studies. Renewal grants are subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendations from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country.

Application closes November 7, 2019.

See more information and how to apply here.

Fundraiser to support the University of Khartoum

First established in 1902 as Gordon Memorial College until it became an independent University in 1956. UofK is the largest and   oldest university in Sudan. A Sudanese Diaspora Group and the “Friends of the University of Khartoum” have planned a fundraising event on September 28th at the Kanata Recreation Services Complex,

to give you an overview of the initiative and also give you a taste of the Pentatonic Music of Sudan (and indeed of most of Africa, India, China, Japan and other Asian countries). You will also see the colourful wrapping dresses (Tobe) or African Sari worn by graceful Sudanese women. Mali has similar Tobes.

We would love to have you with us. Tickets can be paid for and collected at the gate. You can also make e-transfer through friendsofuofk@gmail.com. Please send an e-mail before/after your e-transfer to confirm receipt for tickets paid for this way. For more information, kindly visit “Friends of the University of Khartoum” website https://www.friendsofuofk.com

Should you have any questions, please contact Tag Elkhazin by phone 613-834-7817 or by email elkhazin@subsaharacentre.com.

THE AFRO-CARIBBEAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM!

ACMP’s 2-hour event will focus on helping first-year ACB students transition from high school to post-secondary education while continuing to support those who are returning to Carleton. ACMP will be working in solidarity with other racialized and non-racialized to offer 2 hour orientation day event, as a way to create inclusive and safe Carleton University.

Date: Thursday Sept. 26, 2019 Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Location:  Room 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

CARIBBEAN CULTURE DAY!

A one-day Caribbean Culture Day celebrating Caribbean Culture through creativity, the arts, and well- being. Family friendly entertainment, showcasing various Caribbean islands through arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, poetry, music and dance, Caribbean Food on sale, Swag Bags (while supplies last)

Date: Saturday Sept. 28, 2019 Time: Noon – 8:00 PM EDT
Location:  Ottawa Masonic Centre 2140 Walkley Rd.

See more information here