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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,February 13, 2019 | 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University.

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Understanding the everyday politics of the global refugee regime: Collective action in a time of populism?

By James Milner
Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science

In the aftermath of World War Two, states created a global refugee regime to facilitate collective action to ensure protection for refugees and to find a solution to their plight. Today, the regime seems unable to reliably deliver on this objective: refugees face perilous protection environments in the global North and South, and the average duration of a refugee situation is now 20 years. At first glance, the recent experience of developing a Global Compact on Refugees within the UN system would seem to suggest that the prospect of future cooperation may be further constrained given the rise of populist leadership in states central to the regime’s functioning. Drawing on a more detailed understanding of the development of the Global Compact on Refugees and the early results of a 7-year collaboration with partners in Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania, however, this lecture will argue that a more nuanced understanding of the everyday politics of the global refugee regime, as observed through the making and implementation of global refugee policy, sheds new light on the preconditions for cooperation and collective action This insight raises important questions for the refugee regime and potentially other areas of multilateral cooperation.

James Milner is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University. He is also currently Project Director of LERRN: the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, a 7-year, SSHRC-funded partnership between researchers and civil society actors in Canada, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania focused on supporting the engagement of local actors in the work of the global refugee regime. He has been a researcher, practitioner and policy advisor on issues relating to the global refugee regime, global refugee policy and the politics of asylum in the global South.

Date: ThursdayJanuary 31, 2019
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: A602 Loeb Building, Carleton University

Admission is FREE

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Globalization, Trade and Development: Elements of a Sustainable Approach​

Presented by the CIPS and IPEN

Concerns around trade, migration, technological change, security and an apparent resurgence in nationalism are consistently in the headlines. Yet governments at the recent G20 Summit agreed on shared objectives of creating jobs and growth, and making the economy work for all, despite their different economic and political systems. Amidst current tensions, Jonathan T. Fried will share his perspective on the G20 outcomes, and on the path Canada is taking to support sustainable growth both at home and internationally.

Jonathan T. Fried is the Personal Representative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the G20. He served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO; Canada’s Ambassador to Japan; Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the IMF; Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister; and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance. Mr. Fried has also served as Associate Deputy Minister; Assistant Deputy Minister for Trade, Economic and Environmental Policy; Chief Negotiator on China’s WTO accession; Director General for Trade Policy; and chief counsel for NAFTA.

Date: MondayJanuary 28, 2019
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: FSS4006, 120 University Private, University of Ottawa

Admission is free; seating capacity is limited.

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“The Global Compact on Refugees: Challenges and opportunities for Canadian Leadership in Africa”
by Professor James Milner of Carleton 

The UN General Assembly endorsed the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) in December 2018. (Note that it also approved a separate Global Compact on Migration.) The GCR is the result of consultations with many stakeholders and pilot efforts at implementation in more than a dozen countries, many of them African. The GCR’s objectives are to enhance support to refugee-hosting states, the majority of whom are in the global South, through better collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, support for host communities, enhanced support for refugee self-reliance, and more efforts to find permanent solutions for refugees. With 85% of the world’s refugees in the global South, spending an average of 20 years as a refugee,  and with the number of forcibly displaced persons in the world at the highest levels since World War Two, finding solutions for the world’s refugees could not be more timely. Canada played a significant leadership role in the GCR’s development. With the GCR in place, what are the challenges and opportunities for Canada in supporting implementation, especially in the African context? 

James Milner is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton and Project Director of LERRN: the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, a partnership between researchers and civil society actors in Canada and developing countries, focused on supporting local actors who engage with the global refugee regime. He has worked on the global refugee regime, global refugee policy and the politics of asylum in the global South. In recent years, he has done field research in en Afrique et en Asie, and has presented his findings to stakeholders around the world. He has been a Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He is the author of Refugees, the State and the Politics of Asylum in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), co-author (with Alexander Betts and Gil Loescher) of UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (Routledge, 2012), and co-editor of Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications (UN University Press, 2008)

Date: Thursday January 31, 2019 
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Richmond room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West

Call for Papers | Somali Studies in Canada Colloquium: Identity and Belonging
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
October 18 – 19, 2019

Carleton University is happy to announce its second Somali Studies in Canada Colloquium, taking place on October 18 and 19, 2019. This year’s theme, Identity and Belonging, will focus on the thematic priorities that emerged from the roundtable discussions at the first Somali Studies in Canada Colloquium in 2017.

This second conference is designed to play a key role in facilitating dialogue and partnerships among the Somali Studies academic community at local, regional, and national levels. We are interested in papers that address issues of identity for Somalis in Canada such as: identity conflict, historical trauma, the influence of less-studied periods of Somali history, cultural resurgence and practice, systemic barriers including access to higher education, economy and labour market integration, the promotion of wellbeing and social justice.
Interested academics, researchers, educators, and health and social work practitioners are invited to submit their work. We ask applicants to submit a 200-word abstract describing their proposed paper, their academic/professional biography (100 words) and a full paper (approximately 5000-7000 words, including references).

Application deadline: March 15, 2019.
Please send your papers, abstracts and biographies to Dr. Nimo Bokore

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Challenging power structures in the context of global change

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Social Sciences Building (room 4007), University of Ottawa, 120 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on gender, power structures and global change

This event is free but seating is limited, so please register.

As part of its Solutions for Gender Equality speaker series, IDRC is hosting a special panel in collaboration with the International Development Week 2019 Conference at the University of Ottawa.

The panel will explore the intersection of power structures with efforts to foster greater autonomy among vulnerable groups; in particular, the conversation will consider issues of decision-making and access to resources when facing the local impact of global changes.

In the context of the many emerging and ongoing socioeconomic and environmental changes worldwide, panelists will share their observations and experiences challenging established power structures and fostering transformational approaches for socially inclusive resilience. The discussion will focus on successful approaches and solutions that have helped women and girls, improved community resilience, transformed food systems, and enhanced the livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable communities in the Global South.

Our expert panel of researchers and experts consists of:

Nitya Rao, Professor of Gender & Development, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Daniel Morchain, Senior Adviser – Resilience & Climate, Oxfam GB, United Kingdom
Amina Maharjan, Livelihoods Specialist Migration, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
Maureen Kemunto Miruka, Director, Agriculture and Market Systems, CARE USA, Kenya

Santiago Alba Corral, Director, Agriculture and Environment, IDRC, will moderate the panel.

The Solutions for Gender Equality speaker series is inspired by Women Deliver 2019 — the world’s largest conference on gender equality — which will take place in Vancouver from June 3 to 6, 2019. The speaker series focuses on the conference theme of power and how it can drive or hinder progress and change.

French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.

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Vacancy | Postdoctoral Position in Political Science at The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI

The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI, is a knowledge centre focused on Africa. It is jointly financed by the governments of Finland, Iceland and Sweden and is seeking a postdoctoral candidate who will be involved in the research project “The Space and Role of Political Science in the Evolving Democratic Transformation in Africa”. The Postdoctoral will work closely with Professor Liisa Laakso.

Project Description
Political science can have an impact for the legitimacy, functioning and consolidation of the political systems. The project will first analyze the profile of political science research and education in African political systems with different levels of democratization: What is studied and taught about political systems in Africa? The resources of political science? The employment of political science graduates? Secondly the project will look at the visibility of political science in Africa: Do political scientists feature in public discussion and media? Do they contribute to preparatory work on electoral laws, constitutional changes etc.? Do they cooperate with political parties?

Applications should be sent:

a) preferably by email to (Including publications to the extent possible or by indication of internet addresses where they might be available).

b) or in hard copy by regular post to The Nordic Africa Institute, P. O. Box 1703, SE–751 47 Uppsala, Sweden.

Closing Date for applications: 31 January 2019

See more information on how to apply here

Call for Papers | Media and Terrorism in Africa: 
Issues, Policies and Challenges
University of Toronto, Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2019

Conveners: Alexie Tcheuyap (University of Toronto) and Abdoulaye Gueye (University of Ottawa)
Guest Speaker: Francis B. Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town)

Media dependence on terrorist group sources is coupled with a dependence on governmental information in terrorist situations (Moeller, 2009). This element is further amplified in Africa where the media have fewer resources. Thus, they are often limited to embedded journalism (Tuosto, 2008) as a means of covering the different fronts of the fight
against terrorism. In such a context where security is a priority, the handling of information can be strongly influenced.

Security has also quickly become a pretext for exceptional legislation and arbitrary practices that jeopardize not only freedom and the duty to inform, but also other ethical requirements in the journalistic field. As such, it is important to move beyond security aspects and focus not only on the sometimes-excessive media coverage of terrorist acts, but also on the implications for journalism, communications and public policy.

Possible Topics and Themes

  • Ethical Issues
    • To say or not to say? Challenges to the duty to inform
    • Terrorism, treatment of hate speech and hearsay
    • Terrorism: declaration, denunciation and demonstration
  • Political Aspects
    • Terrorism and official media
    • New legislation on terror: issues and perspectives
    • Governmental communications and the language of violence
  • Practical Challenges
    • Terrorism and social media
    • Theories and research methods on media and terrorism
    • Journalist or citizen? How to document terror?
  • Islam in the media, the media of Islam
    • Surah in the media
    • Interpretations of the conditions of violent action in the Qur’an
    • Comparative analysis of the media treatment of Islamic terrorism and other forms of terrorism

Conditions for submission
The paper proposals, of maximum 500 words, should be sent to They should be written in French or in English, and should include the following information:
• Last name
• First name
• Affiliation(s)
• Bio-bibliography

Submission deadline: April 15th, 2019
Notification of decision: June 1st, 2019

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You are invited to the 2019 Ottawa Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony! 

When: Saturday 26 January, 2019 | 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Where: City of Ottawa Jean Piggott Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa.

For the 2019 Black History Month, the people of Ottawa can look forward to several wonderful events, highlighting the many achievements and valuable contributions made by people of African descent, to science, world history, culture and civilizations. To launch the 2019 Black History Month observance in Canada’s capital, Black History Ottawa has teamed up with various associations to present the Launch & Opening Ceremony.

Theme “Our Canadian Story: Nothing About Us, Without Us!”, to advance the spirit and intention of the U.N. Decade of People of African Descent (2015-2024)., the evening’s program will reflect the linguistic and cultural diversity of Ottawa’s Black community. It will include the presentation of the 2019 Black History Month proclamation by Mayor Jim Watson, the official unveiling of the 2019 Canada Post Black History Month stamp, remarks from dignitaries, as well as live performances by local artists. As well, a number of individuals will receive the Black History Ottawa Community Builder awards.

Join us to make February 2019 the most memorable Black History Month ever!

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 Who we are

  • Registered Canadian charitable organization
  • Recipient of the 2009 Community Partner award from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
  • Member of Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa

 What we do

  • Celebrate the contributions of people of African descent to the Canadian mosaic;
  • Support local community leaders, artists, designers, writers and innovators;
  • Organize child and youth-centered mentorship and leadership programs;
  • Organize community centered activities.

As a non-profit organization, Black History Ottawa is volunteer-driven and relies predominantly on membership fees and donations to carry out its work.

Black History, a legacy worth preserving!

Black History Ottawa
P.O. Box 81081
111 Albert Street, Suite 108
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A5

Free Movie Screening: One World in Relation

SAW Video is hosting a one-night-only screening of Malian filmmaker Manthia Diawara’s Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation, a documentary made in dialogue with the renowned and influential Martinican philosopher, writer, and poet Édouard Glissant. The film, comprised of a series of interviews that Diawara conducted with the thinker during a transatlantic voyage, offers an introduction to Glissant’s complex constellation of thought that is both generous and profound. The free screening will be held at the Knot Project Space;

Date:  Wednesday,January 30, 2019 
Venue: Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave #240, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

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Celebrating Black History Month: 

The Canadian Museum of History is celebrating Black History Month this year by presenting the award-winning theatrical production
Once: Africville Stories. Performed by Nova Scotia’s Voices Black Theatre Ensemble, this groundbreaking play gives voice to the people of Africville — the African-Nova Scotian community in Halifax — who were moved and dispersed in the 1960s.There are two performances; one taking place on January 31 and one on February 1. Note that Friday’s performance includes a post-show reception and an opportunity to meet the cast.

Tickets: $20; $15 for students
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 7pm & Friday, February 1, 2019 | 7pm
Venue: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau QC
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On behalf of Carleton University’s Black History Month Committee, we would like to cordially invite you to our upcoming Black History Month event, Still Standing: 400 Years of Black Excellence in Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Christo Bilukidi 

Come and join us on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 for an evening showcasing Canadian Black Excellence through performances, guest speakers and a panel discussion.

Doors will open at 4:30 pm. Dinner will be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and the program will begin at 6:00 pm.

Venue: Woodside Hall, Dominion-Chalmers, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario

See more information here. All attendees are to register by clicking the link: