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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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“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: Billings 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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Casualty or Catalyst: Gender equality and the future of mining

The International Institute for Sustainable Development in collaboration with Carleton University, the Canadian International Resource and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) are pleased to invite you to a workshop to discuss gender equality and the future of mining.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jennifer Hinton, Director, East Africa Operations, M2Cobalt, Uganda and Adjunct Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University
  • Lema Ijtemaye, Manager, Socio-Economic Development Department, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • Mora Johnson, Head of Secretariat, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • Kelly Cooper, President, Centre for Social Intelligence
  • TBC, International Affairs and Trade Division, Lands and Minerals Sector, NRCan

The event will comprise of lightening presentations, a panel discussion and roundtables. We will be diving into timely issues such as:

  • What does a gender-equal future of mining look like?
  • What is needed to prepare the sector for growth while being gender sensitive?
  • How can we ensure that gender isn’t a casualty in artisanal and small-scale mining while acting as a catalyst in large-scale mining?

Register now

Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

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