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Lapidary Practice: The Twentieth Century’s First Death Camp, William Kentridge, and the World’s Last
Northern White Rhinoceros Male

Dr. Brian Macaskill, John Carroll University

Macaskill’s presentation circles and cycles around the insufficiently known genocide committed against the Herero nation in German Southwest Africa, locus of the first death camp in twentieth-century history. It celebrates the artistic response to that disaster by internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge, who memorializes the catastrophe in “Black Box / Chambre Noire” (2005), a beautifully and sympathetically nuanced multimedia reaction to this genocidal atrocity. Glimpsing rhinoceri now and then along its also intermedial trajectory (voice, image, music, text, genealogy too), the presentation pauses—with a sideways glance at the Shoah—over some difficulties confronting memorial commemoration in lapidary practice.

When:  Friday, April 26th, 2019
Time:    3:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Location:  Dunton Tower, 1811
Audience: All Welcome

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Call for Papers | 
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 or follow us on Twitter @IASSACarleton or Facebook at the Institute of African Studies Student Association -IASSA for continuous updates.

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Reflections on being an “Africanist” scholar in the 21st Century: A Tribute to Pius Adesanmi

Nokoko is calling for submissions of original manuscripts that critically reflect on what it means or what it should mean to be an “Africanist” scholar in the twenty-first century. This special issue of Nokoko is dedicated to our friend, colleague, editorial board member, and Director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies, Professor Pius Adesanmi, who tragically died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, 2019.  Given his varied academic and public intellectual dispositions and practices – his multiple interests, commitments and contributions as an academic scholar, regular columnist in Nigerian (on-line) papers, strong mentorship activities in Africa and North America, his artistic productions, an immensely busy schedule of public talks in Africa, Europe and North America, and his social media posts engaged with by tens of thousands of followers – we ask contributors to use Pius Adesanmi’s organic intellectual activism as a catalyst for thinking about the role of an institutional builder and public intellectual and an “Africanist” scholar in this century.

Pius Adesanmi was extremely dexterous in his productions and interventions, using all forms of writing and speaking, and thus we welcome a range of genres of writing to explore one or more of these topics – be they academic, social activist, or artistic.

First, we are asking for submissions of 200 word abstracts of potential papers by May 30, 2019.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and individuals who submitted selected abstracts will then be contacted by June 15, 2019 to go ahead and produce their full papers.

Your final manuscripts should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words. Articles should follow Nokoko’s submission guidelines. They will need to be submitted by October 31, 2019 for review.

Please submit your abstract to

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Black Mental Health Matters:
Community Conversation Series #BMHM

Join us for informal community conversations to discuss the stigma of mental health in the black community. This is an opportunity to have an open dialogue on how we can break down these barriers and encourage the community to make mental health a priority. We are pleased to have FAMHAS FOUNDATION as our presenters for our spring 2019 session. FAMHAS FOUNDATION Founder & President Marie Remy will be our guest speaker for the afternoon.

Presentation will include:
– Fabiola’s story & short video clip –
– Mental health within the black community
– FAMHAS programs & services
– Q & A interactive discussion.
The presentation will be in both official languages. English & French.

Date and time: Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 1 PM – 3 PM
Address: One Resource, 133 Besserer St., Ottawa
Free admission. Light refreshments will be served. 
*Spaces and tickets for this event is limited.*
*Attendees are asked to RSVP*
by registering here:

Call for applications: African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Postdoctoral fellowships on Mobility and sociality in Africa’s emerging urban

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is seeking post-doctoral fellows to join a five year research programme entitled ‘Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban.’ This initiative is a scholarly response to unprecedented levels of urbanisation and mobility driven by conflict, ambition, and respatialising economies. It is intended to develop African-based contributions to theories of human mobility and transforming modes of social engagement, authority, representation and expression. This initiative brings together five African Universities dedicated to cultivating a generation of African scholars who can reshape global social theory and scholarly conversations on mobility, cities and social change. 
Post-doctoral fellowship proposals are invited for recent social science and humanities graduates dedicated to answering one or more questions: See research areas here

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter summarising past research, qualifications, and the location for the post-doctoral fellow. Applicants should also indicate if they would consider being hosted by an alternative institution;
  • A complete academic CV;
  • A short proposal (1500 word maximum) outlining a yearlong research and publishing programme;
  • Three professional reference letters speaking to abilities to publish, work collaboratively, and development a future research agenda;
  • A writing sample of not more than 15,000 words (e.g., book or dissertation chapter; article).

Application deadline is 1 May 2019. Selections will be completed by 31 July 2019 with successful candidates expected to be in their positions no later than February 2020.
Members of historically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
All queries and application materials must be emailed to

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Call for Applications: “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence 2019-2020 Fellowships

The “Africa Multiple” Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) invites scholars working in the field of African studies to apply for fellowships in the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (BA). Funded through the Excellence Strategy of Germany’s federal and state governments since January 1, 2019, the aim of the cluster is to reconfigure African studies at the conceptual and the structural levels. The cluster is conceived as a transformative space for the systematic study of African and African diasporic ways of life, enabling new forms of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation. The BA was founded in 2012 as a space for engaged scholarship and debate in the study of Africa and is now part of the “Africa Multiple” cluster. 

Please send all documents by e-mail as a single pdf file to the cluster’s Vice Dean of Research, Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber at the following address:

The application deadline is April 30, 2019. Reference letters should go to the same email address; they are due three days later and will not be accepted beyond May 3, 2019.

For further information and questions, please contact the coordinator of the BA, Robert Debusmann:

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Carleton University’s Sociology and Anthropology Department, in collaboration with the Glebe Collegiate Institute, presents Theatre of the Oppressed: The stereotypical notions of gender, race, and sexuality among young Canadians. This event encourages undergraduate students, high school students, and the broader Ottawa community to critically think about the relation of gender, race, social class, age, ability, and sexuality among young Canadians. Recognizing how gender relations in mainstream society is generally perceived, it can be difficult for young people to express themselves while encountering misconceptions about their personhood.

As a way to express student learning, and build confidence in young people, both Carleton undergraduate, and Glebe high school students have put together two plays, while keeping in line with the “The Theatre of the Oppressed” model, by Augusto Boal. These two sets of plays will highlight discrimination and social oppression young people face in a Canadian social climate.

Theatrical themes

  1. “The Misguided Councilor” 
    The subtle and overt racial discrimination that racialized Canadian youth encounter within high schools.
  2. “The Rumour Mill” 
    Young people’s struggle to express their sexuality in a heteronormative society

Characters in the play are not based upon and do not represent, any real person(s). These characters were created to provoke uncomfortable experiences and challenge guests thinking around these social issues. This play does not depict any student or faculty at Glebe Collegiate Institute or Carleton University. 

Theatre of the Oppressed is a dramatic game in which a problem, or symptom of oppression, is shown in an unsolved form. The dramatic action revolves around a selected issue of social inequality; it involves visible oppressors and protagonists who are oppressed. The “Theatre of the Oppressed” performance will be an interactive piece that allows the audience to get involved, as an attempt to STOP THE OPPRESSION! At certain points during the plays, audience members will be encouraged, positively, to replace one of the existing characters within the plays in the hopes of creating a learning experience, and a positive outcome. The only characters who are not allowed to be replaced are the oppressed character and the character who is identified as the oppressor.

The event will be held on Friday, May 3rd at Dominion Chalmers Theatre (355 Cooper St, Ottawa, Ontario). Doors will open at 5:00, showtime begins at 5:30 pm and the performance will conclude at 8 pm.

Following the last performance (8 pm to 8:30 pm), there will be a panel discussion. Guests will have the opportunity to ask the performers and theatre directors question about the development of the play. This serves to build confidence in our young people!

 This event is a FREE event for students and community members!

Trigger Warning: This play contains coarse language and mature subject matter. It may not be suitable for those 13 years or younger. Please be advised that some of the content may potentially be offensive, challenging and/or upsetting. 

Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be opportunities to network. 

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Memories of Mogadishu

On behalf of the Memories of Mogadishu initiative, we are very pleased to present to you the Memories of Mogadishu Conference on May 4th2019. In partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), MCIS Language Solutions, Carleton University, TakingITGlobal and Concordia University, this conference will explore the use of oral history and digital archives in preserving cultural heritage and collective memory in post-conflict societies.

The Memories of Mogadishu initative examines the use of memory in the reconstruction of a once cosmopolitan city by the global Somali diaspora. Through the use of oral history in combination of archival footage and personal interviews the goal of project is to document the collective memory of the pre-civil war city.

Date: Saturday May 4, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Location: Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, Ontario K1N 0C5

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Where: Studio X Ottawa 250 City Center, Unit – 122 (Bayview Station)
When: Every Thursday || Spring & Summer 2019 Session 
Time: 7pm – 8pm Beginner & Intermediate Levels
Duration: 12 Weeks 

Fee: 140$   *Open to all ages*

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*** Limited spots available ***