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Upcoming Events

“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.

See more details here

African Film Festival 2019

The Canadian Film Institute, CFI is proud and excited to present its 4th African Film Festival, an inspiring five-film festival of Ottawa premieres of contemporary films from the five regions of Africa. Presented in collaboration with Carleton University’s School For Studies in Art and Culture (Film Studies) and African Studies Program.

Date: February 9 – 16,  2019
Location: Ottawa Art Gallery, Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3) Entrance: 10 Daly Ave. or 50 Mackenzie King Bridge


$14 : General Admission – Adults
$10 : Discount Admission – CFI MembersOAG Members, Seniors 65+, Students, Children under 12 (Valid membership card, proof of age, or valid student ID will be required)
FREE : CFI Ambassador Members

See more information here

Migration and Diaspora Student Research Conference

You are invited to the Migration and Diaspora Student Society’s main event of the year: the Migration Student Research Conference. This year, the conference will take place on Friday February 8th (next week) from 8:30-11:30 in Southam Hall 415, and from 11:30-3:30 in Richcraft Hall (River Building) 1201. Nine students from various disciplines will present about their migration-related research. The conference is free. All are welcome. Free food will be provided. For more details, see the schedule below

When: Friday, February 8, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. 
Where: Southam Hall 415 & Richcraft Hall 1201 Carleton University, Ottawa

See more information here

A Decent House, a Decent Job, a Decent Life: Social Reproduction Theory and Working Class Organizing in Cape Town

Presented by CIPS and IPEN

While progressive coalitions continue to oppose neoliberal restructuring, organizing on the left remains fragmented and the underlying unity of the multitude of working class struggles undertheorized. Overcoming these theoretical and practical obstacles is an urgent task in the face of both renewed attempts by the state and capital to ensure stability and deepen market penetration into the remaining untouched corners of working class life, and threats to unity generated within the left by narrow understandings of class and identity. Drawing on empirical research around struggles for housing and public services in Cape Town, South Africa, this paper argues that Social Reproduction Theory (SRT) may provide just such an integrated theorization of the diverse experiences and struggles of the working class. SRT recovers class by building from the material, everyday experience to generate unifying understandings of class struggle within a capitalist totality in which difference within the class is constitutive

Adrian Murray, is a PhD Candidate with the School of International Development and Global Studies, at the University of Ottawa

Event Date: February 14, 2019 – 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: FSS5028, 120 Université Privé , Ottawa

Call for Papers | Devils and Daemons: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

August 8 – 10, 2019
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

In Plato’s Symposium, the wise woman Diotima reveals to Socrates that “Daimons” (later Latinized to “Daemons”) are the intermediaries between the gods and humans, mediums for divination, prophecy, and other moments of divine possession. “Love” reveals immortal beauty to mortals in the Symposium, while Socrates’ “daimonion” whispers prophetic warnings into his ear in Plato’s Apology. Even happiness had a touch of the divine for the ancient Greeks; their word for happiness was “Eudaimonia.” As monotheism took hold in Europe, however, the Latin “Daemon” became the evil “Demon” of the Christian era, identified with the devils and fiends that meddle with the good work of angels. Thus, contact with these spirits became a sinful act, a change with real material consequences for peoples accused of witchcraft or spell-casting.

The Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English (DAGSE) invites submissions of paper presentations for “Devils and Daemons: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference.” Proposals from students at all levels and in all areas of graduate study are welcome. We encourage proposals from marginalized voices and prospective presenters are welcome to self-identify in their proposals. This three-day conference will be held August 8th to 10th, 2019 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Childcare will be provided upon request.

Submissions: Please submit a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word biographical statement that includes your name, current level of graduate study, affiliated university, and email address to Panel submissions are also welcome.

Please include the words “Devils and Daemons Conference Abstract” in the subject line.

Deadline: 31 March 2019. Accepted presenters will receive notification in mid-May.

Contact the organizers at if you have questions about the conference. Visit the conference website at 

Call for Papers | AU ECHO 2019 “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”

The African continent hosts over a third of the world’s forcibly displaced persons are found in Africa, including 6.3 million refugees and 14.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). The continent is also home to 509,900 asylum seekers and 712,000 stateless persons. 

In recognition of these challenges and the prevailing need to recognize links between displacement and peace and security and its development dimension, the African Union (AU) Assembly at its 31st Ordinary Session held in Nouakchott, Mauritania on 1-2 July 2018 adopted a decision declaring 2019 as the year of “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”.


Contributions are being sought from all AU organs, Regional Economic Communities, Member States, academia, think tanks, civil society organizations, women’s organizations and the wider public. The editors reserve the right to reject papers they deem to be inconsistent with the guidelines outlined in this call for papers.

• Languages: Articles for publication may be submitted in any of the AU working languages i.e. English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

• Word count: Not more than 2000 words per article.

• Illustrations: Photographs and other illustrations that enhance the article are welcome, although these must be original to the author and/or under a creative commons license.

• All submissions must contain the full name and contact of the sender, his/her organization and job title (if applicable).

• Send your manuscript to the Editor at MusabayanaW@africa-union.orgwith a copy to and

See more information here

Viola Desmond and the Vertical $10

Join a bank-note content specialist for a fascinating hour-long presentation, a behind-the-scenes look at the visual and thematic development of the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond. Visitors will learn more about this remarkable woman and how this bank note can help bring her actions into the present to inspire the future. A note exchange will follow where visitors can trade in their current money for a brand new $10 bill.

Admission is free. 
More info: 613-782-8914,  

When: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: Presentation: 2:00pm –3:00pm; Note exchange: 3:00 pm –6:00pm
Venue: Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington Street) 

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 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.

Date: Wednesday February 13, 2019 
Venue: Woodside Hall, Dominion-Chalmers, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario

See more information and register here.

The African Day on the Hill Planning Committee in coordination with the Black community leaders are bringing together the larger black community for 2019 Black History Month Celebration Gala.
This event will celebrate African Heritage, Culture, Food, Music and Entertainment, African Fashion Show, Story Telling and Dancing.

This year event will highlight the UN International Decade for People of African Descent with our focus on the past, present and future.

Date: Saturday February 16, 2019 
Venue: Sir John A Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street Directly facing the Parliament Hill.

Photo Identification is required for security to enter the Gala Event Hall.

Free Parking at World Exchange Plaza, Ottawa, ON K1P 5T3

See more information and register here.

Do You Know Where the Gold in Your Ring Comes From?

The Shadow of Gold is a global investigation of the ultimate talisman of wealth, beauty and power. Filmed in China, Peru, Canada, the U.S., London, Dubai, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Shadow of Gold reveals the impact of gold mining and the gold trade on our economy, environment and conflicts. Watch to discover what our lust for gold costs. And who pays the price.

About the Film
An international Canada-France co-production by award-winning filmmakers Robert Lang (Canada), Denis Delestrac (France) and Sally Blake (France), The Shadow of Gold pulls back the curtain on the world’s most coveted heavy metal.

As the global economy undergoes rapid and profound change, the gold industry continues to grow. Over the past 15 years, we have mined more gold than ever before. Filmed in Canada (Mount Polley, BC), the U.S., London, Dubai, China, Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo this incisive investigation examines the trade of this precious metal from raw material to market while exposing its consequences and impact. With political, economic, and ecological implications, how is the thriving industry changing our lives and the world around us—and at what price?

The Shadow of Gold reveals positive advancements in the industry and engages with engineers, scientists, jewellers, and responsibly-sourced advocates who work with miners to tackle gold’s worst environmental and social problems.

World Premiere, Toronto
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, February 22

Ottawa: Mayfair Theatre, February 27

Remembering and Understanding the Heritage of African Canadians – Part of Canada’s Heritage All-Year Long

This event, presented in association with Black History Ottawa, will explore the military heritage of African Canadians during the First World War and how the voices of minorities are heard in the telling of Canada’s history.

Adrian Harewood of CBC Ottawa will moderate presentations by:

  • Anthony Sherwood – award winning producer of documentaries and educational material celebrating the heritage of Canadians of African descent
  • Blake Seward – teacher, recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History, and founder of the Lest We Forget project
  • Kathy Grant – advocate for current veterans who also works tirelessly for the remembrance of Black veterans as she continues the legacy of her father, Owen Rowe

FREE ADMISSION (FOOD DONATION AT DOOR) but donations of non-perishable food for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre are encouraged

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 7 – 9 pm
Venue:  St. Andrew’s Church, Corner of Wellington and Kent Sts., Ottawa Across from the Supreme Court of Canada

For more information visit or telephone 613-232-9042