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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.

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Call for Papers |  Slavery and its Afterlives: Blackness, Representation, Social Justice Vision

July 8 – 9, 2019 – University of London

The Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum will host its fourth ‘Diasporic Dialogues’ conference on 8th – 9th July 2019 at The National Maritime Museum and Goldsmiths, University of London.

The deadline for poetry readings, performances, panel and paper proposals is 8th May 2019. CCDS’ Diasporic Dialogue conference series aims to extend our understanding of diaspora, to connect diasporas and, in the process, to forge new critical directions. This year, we take up questions of slavery, about which, notably, UK universities have been overwhelmingly silent. Nonetheless, the recent ground-breaking UK report, ‘Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow’ centralises concerns with facing an institutional history embedded in the profits of Atlantic slavery (Mullen and Newman 2018). Key to the present day, the authors argue, is ‘how we intend to use our knowledge of this past’ in a “Programme of reparative justice.” Given the UK’s history of prestigious institutions and their entanglement with the ‘profits of racial slavery’ alongside its centuries-long established black presence, this conference intends to a) question practices that serve to inhibit such necessary intellectual labour b) connect related theorising and practice, especially that centring the Caribbean region, North America, Africa and Europe and c) bring into relation the past centred on slavery, the present built on continued racial inequalities normalised through practices of slavery and colonialism, and the future burdened, already, with pressing issues of restorative justice and equity.

Abstracts Submit an individual proposal of not more than 250 words and a brief biography (100 words) with full details including institutional affiliation. Complete panel proposals (250 word overview + 250 word abstracts for the papers + brief CVs) to the conference email. Both Abstracts and Bios are required. Please send both to the Conference Committee at

Submission Deadline: 8th May 2019
Notification of Acceptance: 17th May 2019

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“The South African Elections of May 8, 2019”
with David Hornsby and Shireen Hassim of Carleton University

Time: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West

Dr David J Hornsby is Professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) Carleton University. His research interests include the politics of science and risk in international governance, Canadian foreign policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, South African foreign policy and middle power cooperation. David taught at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg from 2009 to 2018.

Shireen Hassim is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and African Studies at Carleton University and Visiting Professor of Political Studies at the WiSER, University of the Witwatersrand. She has written and edited several books including No Shortcuts to Power: Women and Policymaking in Africa, and Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia and the Politics of Difference in South Africa.”

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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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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.

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. 

Date: Friday May 3, 2019 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Location: Carleton Dominion Chalmers Theatre, 355 Cooper St, Ottawa, Ontario

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