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    Virtual Conference: Religion and Democracy on the African Continent
    Virtual Conference: Religion and Democracy on the African Continent: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Possibilities “A broad rethinking of political issues becomes possible when Western ideals and practices are examined from the vantage point of Africa.”—Pankaj Mishra, New York Review of Books Join us Saturday, May 7–Sunday, May 8, for a virtual conference, featuring scholars of Africana Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Law, and Politics, who will share their expertise on religion and democracy on the African continent. The event will feature a keynote address by Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University and author of the book, Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities, (Harvard University Press, 2020). The conference presentations will result in the publication of an edited volume to be made freely available next year.  Registration The conference will be hosted on Zoom; attendees must register separately for each session. Click on the linked session titles below to register and to learn more about the sessions and speakers. All sessions will be recorded and made available on the Religion, Race & Democracy Lab’s Vimeo channel. Schedule of Events Saturday, May 7: Looking Back 9–11 AM EST Historical Formations of Religion and Democracy   11:30 AM–1:30 PM EST African Religious Movements & Democracies   2–4 PM EST Keynote Lecture: Mahmood Mamdani, Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities    Sunday, May 8: Looking Forward 10 am–12 PM EST Contemporary Conflicts, the State, and Religion in Africa   1–4 pm EST New Theories and the Future of Religion and Democracy in Africa (followed by Closing Remarks)   Co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Democracy Initiative's Religion, Race & Democracy Lab, the Page-Barbour Funds, the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture, the Carter G. Woodson Institute, and the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion. Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: May, 7, 2022
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    CALL FOR WRITTEN RESPONSES TO THE CIES 2023 CONFERENCE THEME
    CALL FOR WRITTEN RESPONSES TO THE CIES 2023 CONFERENCE THEME "IMPROVING EDUCATION IN A MORE EQUITABLE WORLD"   The 2023 Conference Theme was announced in Minneapolis at our annual gathering on Apr. 18-22, 2022. The landing page of our next year’s conference is at this link.  You are warmly invited to submit a written response to the 2023 Conference Theme “Improving Education for a More Equitable World”. The response will be a 3,000 or more-word essay addressing anything meaningful around the conference theme, covering one or more of the three broad areas, i.e., improvement and equity (and social justice) in comparative/international education.This is a great opportunity for you to respond to the conference theme around such critical questions as: How should we critically look at and meet the desired outcomes across times and spaces? in what ways may micro, meso, and/or macro educational strategies, structures, and processes be improved along with their environments? How do we know through rigorous methods we ARE making progress responsively? What changes can bring about responsible and sustainable advancement in learning, teaching, and schooling? What implications may these changes have on individual systems, contexts, and the already vulnerable planet? How may our endeavors help redefine comparative and international education in a way that reconnects it with contextualized educational policy and practice?You are also encouraged to touch on any other critical questions about the conference theme.Your written response will have an opportunity to be published after review on the CIES 2023 website along with our online submission system this summer.Please submit your written response to the conference theme by June. 15, 2022. All submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment to cies2023@cies.us with Written Response in your subject line.Please follow APA style with a cover page including your full name and passport-size photo, affiliations, the title for your written response, and a complete reference list ending your essay. By your submission, you authorize CIES to publicize the information on the cover page together with your written response. As a by-product, written responses will be planned for an edited volume or a special issue after the annual conference in 2023! Please help circulate this announcement to anybody, especially academics, practitioners, and students, who may have an interest in joining our conversations for CIES 2023 Conference on February 18-22, Washington, D.C. Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Jun, 15, 2022
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    Call for Applications for the 2022 Ife Institute of Advanced Studies
    Call for Applications for the 2022 Ife Institute of Advanced Studies’ summer institute with doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the humanities, the social sciences, and STEM affiliated with your institution and related networks.The Ife Summer Institute is an international platform for nurturing a new generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences held for three years at Ile-Ife in Nigeria, and virtually in 2020-2021 to accommodate COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The institute hosts participants from all over the world and boasts distinguished faculty engaging contemporary scholarly topics.This year’s Institute will be held both in-person and via Zoom. Certificates of participation will be awarded to all registered participants at the end of the Institute.More details about the online application are available on our website: https://www.ias-ife.com/<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ias-ife.com/__;!!HXCxUKc!iFM-iw4Hrc2buEwZzpnc791_EE0KuPMSXRZ8ZM5i6kNVTuvob3AJYw2dQVuqTSc$ .We can also be reached for questions or clarification at  iiasng.office@gmail.com<mailto:iiasng.office@gmail.com  or summerinstituteife.ng@gmail.com<mailto:summerinstituteife.ng@gmail.com>. Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Jun, 1, 2022
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    Displacement and Belonging: Lessons from the Indian Ocean and Beyond/ Circulations et appartenances
    Displacement and Belonging :Lessons from the Indian Ocean and BeyondIn Honor of Pier Larson Circulations et appartenances :leçons de l’océan Indien et au-delàEn l'honneur de Pier Larson Online international conference organized by:Klara Boyer-Rossol (CIRESC and BCDSS, Bonn University),Jennifer Cole (The University of Chicago),Tasha Rijke-Epstein (Vanderbilt University),Samuel Sanchez (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne),Dominique Somda (Huma - University of Cape Town). Thursday 5 May 2022 & Friday 6 May 2022 PROGRAMMEAbstracts Register here Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: May, 5, 2022
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    AAP Public Dialogue “Peace and its Reflection in African Art”
    AAP will be hosting our next Public Dialogue “Peace and its Reflection in African Art”, Wednesday, April 27th at 8:00am- 9:30am EDT. This dialogue session will be co-hosted by AAP consortium member -Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako. Art is a reflection, a mental representation of an object, an idea, or a concept whether it be abstract or concrete. Therefore, when we pass any judgment on a work of art based on the image or the idea that we have of this object and outside of its historical, geographical, social, or ethnic context, it is likely that this will be a subjective judgment and often based on prejudices. Unfortunately, contemporary artistic production on the African continent is often focused on and reflects fixed concepts and structures "imposed" by the West. It no longer responds to the aesthetic concerns of the populations who, in principle, should generate it. This panel will bring together specialists focused on art and peace within Africa. This subject is especially timely given the current context of global upheaval.   To register please visit: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/7716492601543/WN_FyyKDq_zT6ug4vxHi_ApEw?fbclid=IwAR0sa0-aPf6sGkp5GbY8ScMZsEJZwIhPAz6K1QEOWqURxqhngLA_tYc9mRc Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Apr, 27, 2022
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    FRIDA's 8th grant cycle
    Applications from young feminist groups from all majority countries to apply. More information is here.
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    By: Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan
    Due Date: May, 4, 2022
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    New edited collection on LGBTQI+ displacement in and from East Africa
    Since the early 1990s, political, social and economic instability in East Africa,1  including long-running conflicts in Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burundi, has produced high rates of displacement. Movement within and from the region has led to substantial refugee populations being housed in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as a large diaspora of East Africans scattered across the globe.   Among those leaving their countries of origin are a significant number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons. Many are fleeing state-sanctioned violence, including arrest, prosecution and imprisonment, while others seek to escape oppressive social norms and community opprobrium, often experienced as gossip, beatings, outings, extortion, familial abuse and forced marriage. These efforts to preserve the heteronormative social order are buttressed by the expansion of colonial-era penal codes, the growing influence of anti-LGBTQI+ religious movements and the strategic use of anti-LGBTQI+ discourses by political elites looking to consolidate their power and authority.   While LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers in East African have recently begun to attract media attention, there is yet to be sustained academic engagement with their lives and experiences. This collection will address this knowledge gap by bringing together diverse scholarship on the drivers, impacts and consequences of displacement linked to sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. It will do so by exploring all aspects of LGBTQI+ migration, including displacement catalysts, mobility pathways, transit routes, migration governance, encampment policies, humanitarian interventions, resettlement challenges, integration strategies, livelihood programmes and public advocacy. By centring the experiences of LGBTQI+ East Africans who move, the collection will produce new insights into the geographical, historical and cultural specificities of a region that both produces and hosts individuals fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution.   This will be an interdisciplinary publication, and we invite submissions from all academic fields, including migration studies, gender studies, border studies, religious studies, media studies, legal studies, literary studies, public health, history, sociology and anthropology. We also welcome abstracts that consider the lives of LGBTQI+ East Africans in the diaspora and the impacts of LGBTQI+ East Africans on global, regional or local protection mechanisms. Those working outside of the academy (humanitarian workers, legal practitioners, service providers, etc.) are welcome to submit abstracts of a scholarly nature. Possible topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following: The state of research: Trends in LGBTQI+ migration research and knowledge gaps. Theorising LGBTQI+ displacement: Looking beyond South-North migration trajectories, rethinking movement, boundaries and borderlands, challenging European 'exceptionalism' and so on. Methodological tensions: Unpacking the ethics and practices of researching and representing LGBTQI+ mobilities, the use of arts-based methodologies, decolonial approaches to migration research and so on. Law and justice: Making sense of legal challenges and opportunities relating to LGBTQI+ migration, including local, regional and international protection mechanisms, state responses to decriminalisation and so on. Structures of asylum and migration: Encampment, waiting, documentation, border controls, online fundraising campaigns, illegality as orientation, the finitude of language and so on. Documenting, archiving and disseminating knowledge: Partnerships (civil society, government, policy-makers, etc.), research uptake beyond the academy, data security, keeping LGBTQI+ communities safe when 'going public' and so on. Representations in film, literature and media: Reflections on how LGBTQI+ displacement in/from East Africa is produced, discussed and circulated through creative works. The role of religion and culture: The relationship of institutions, practices, networks and discourses with migration, with faith as a mediator of belonging or dispossession.  Research in action: Empirical findings from recent studies on LGBTQI+ displacement in the region. Prospective authors are asked to submit an abstract (500 words max) and a short bio to queerdisplacementea@gmail.com by 1 April 2022. Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Apr, 1, 2022
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    Journal for the History of Knowledge – Call for Proposals
    The Journal for the History of Knowledge features an annual special issue, compiled by guest editors, which explores a theme central to the journal’s scope. The special issues of previous years have been Histories of Bureaucratic Knowledge (2020) and Histories of Ignorance(2021). We are currently accepting proposals for the 2024 Special Issue. Proposals should contain the following: A description of the proposed theme (1500-2000 words) highlighting its significance for the history of knowledge A table of contents (typically 8-12 articles of 8000 words) Abstracts of the articles Two-page CVs of the editors; short biographies of the contributors An outline of the production process up to manuscript submission. All manuscripts must be submitted to the journal by May 2023. Please send your proposal to: jhokjournal@gmail.com Proposal deadline: 1 May 2022Notification of acceptance: by 30 July 2022   After submission, all manuscripts will go through a process of peer-review, author’s revisions, and copy-editing. JHoK is a diamond Open Access journal, at no charge to the authors. Details of the journal’s scope and a full list of the editorial team and advisory editorial board is available on the journal's website. Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: May, 1, 2022
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    Call for Papers: Global Village Review-COVID-19 and Global Africa
    Theme: COVID-19 and Global Africa For its maiden issue, the editors of the Global Village Review are inviting scholars, essayists, and book reviewers to submitscholarly articles, critical essays, or book reviews on topics that center around the wide variety of issues that impact COVID-19 has had on Africa and peoples of African descent, globally. We encourage submissions from researchers, educators, artists, and policymakers from around the world in all disciplines, in both the social sciences and the humanities.Suggested Topics Status of Vaccine Science in Africa/Vaccine Hesitancy Among African-Americans/Reasons for Low COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Africa/Impact of COVID-19 on African Economies/Impact of COVID-19 on Caribbean Economies/Virtual Learning Experiences at African Institutions under COVID-19/Impact of COVID-19 among African Diasporans in Latin America/Impact of COVID-19 on African Diaspora in Britain/Plight of Front-Line COVID-19 Healthcare Workers in the African Diaspora/Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism in Global Africa/Post-COVID-19 Recovery in Africa   Submission Guidelines:Reference Style: APA (7th Edition):https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/apaLength of Submissions:Articles & Essays: 5000-8000 wordsBook Reviews: 1000-3000 wordsAuthor’s Bio: Brief (1-3 lines)Abstract Submission: 75-100 wordsEmail Address for Submissions and Inquiries:mwwilliams91@webster.edu   Submission Deadline: May 1, 2022   Journal Profile The Global Village Review (GVR) is an online, bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal, designed to provide critical analysis ofglobal affairs from an Africana-centered perspective. Its primary focus is to examine matters of global significance affectingthe African World. GVR consists of three parts: research articles, critical essays, and book reviews. Based on a double-blindreview process, the editorial policy of GVR will ensure that all submissions, regardless of political leanings, will begiven equal consideration.   To learn more: Call for Papers: Global Village Review-COVID-19 and Global Africa | H-Africa | H-Net Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: May, 1, 2022
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    Using Digital Finance to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agriculture
    Digital financial services have the potential to positively affect women’s economic empowerment, despite limitations that restrict their access to and use of financial resources and services. Building on the Digital Finance and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Beyond Production Roles in Agriculture and Food Systems report published by the Feed the Future Advancing Women’s Empowerment Program, this webinar will invite participants to learn about promoting women’s economic empowerment in agriculture using digital financial services.  Presenters will share out the findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the report, highlighting through a fireside chat the lessons learned and best practices from implementers and service providers working in the DFS space, and provide time for participants to pose questions to the presenters.    To learn more/Register: Using Digital Finance to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agriculture | Agrilinks Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Mar, 30, 2022
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    Young African Landscape Leadership Program
    Do you have a demonstrated commitment to advancing sustainability for Africa’s landscapes, seascapes and communities?Do you want to be part of a global community of friends working to promote sustainable and equitable land management through the landscapes approach?Are you between 18 and 35 years old?The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), in partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), is launching the first ever “Young African Landscape Leadership” program, an 8-months program filled with networking meetings, regional dialogues, workshops and more.Let us know who you are, and your motivation to join. With a median age of just 19.7 years, Africa’s diverse population is by far the youngest  of any other continent in the world. These unique demographics offer a significant advantage in the drive to revive ecosystems and safeguard livelihoods. Africa’s youth have immense potential to forge a new development model and vision for the continent as they are already champions for landscape action and community-based solutions.    The GLF, in partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, is launching the first ever Young African Landscape Leadership, an eight-month annual program filled with networking meetings, regional dialogues, workshops and much more.    Learn more/apply: Young African Landscape Leadership 2022 - Youth in Landscapes Initiative (globallandscapesforum.org) Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Mar, 31, 2022
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    Young African Leaders Programme
    The Young African Leadership Programme funded by the European Commission is a tailor-made fellowship and training programme aiming at catalysing and fostering changes as envisioned in the Africa Agenda 2063 and in the Africa-EU Partnership. After a pilot cohort in Autumn 2021, the second cohort of Young African Leaders is expected in Florence in September 2022   The Young African Leaders Programme is a fellowship scheme that provides a unique opportunity for policy experts from Africa (all regions) to further develop their policy work and professional and leadership skills amidst international experts.   Furthermore, the Programme aims at creating new networks, connecting a strong cohort of leaders committed to driving change in their own countries and across the continent, as well as address the gender gaps and foster inclusivity in leadership roles.   In the dynamic academic environment of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, selected participants will take part in workshops, training and skills development sessions, conferences, and study visits in Europe. Interaction with the other fellows, policymakers and the academic community at the EUI will make this a truly unforgettable experience. The structure of the Programme will be as follows: Executive Training Seminars on thematic issues; Professional Development Workshops, providing a set of leadership skills, tools and concrete case studies; Study Visits to EU institutions, relevant academia, and international organisations Final individual written assignment Award of the YALP certificate of attendance Connection to network of scholars and practitioners knowledgeable in relevant transnational governance The three-month leadership programme takes place from the 1 September 2022 to the 30 November 2022. Fellowships are fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month. The selected African fellows must live in the area of Florence for the duration of their stay. The language of the Programme is English. Where possible, the STG will seek to integrate French. The Programme has an intensive training schedule, and is therefore a full-time and fully-funded fellowship scheme.     Who should apply? The Programme targets mid-career, high potential policy-makers, diplomats, and professionals from Africa, working in national and local authorities, regional, continental, international organisations and development partners, civil society organisations, academia, media and private sector, in Africa. More precisely, the Programme is open to professionals (M/F/X), mid-career and executives alike, who are nationals of African countries, residing in Africa and are up to the age of 35.   This Programme is supported by the European Commission, Directorate-General for International Partnerships. This Call for applications is launched under a suspension clause, related to the final approval of the financing decision of the Programme by the European Commission. According to such clause, should not the financing decision be taken, the EUI/STG reserve the right to cancel the call without any prejudice to the Institute and potential beneficiaries.   This programme is supported by the Directorate-General for International Partnerships of the European Commission. For enquiries about applications please vist: Young African Leaders Programme • European University Institute (eui.eu)    Or contact: apply.fellowships.stg@eui.eu Read more
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    By: Raquel Acosta
    Due Date: Jul, 4, 2022
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