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  • Open access eBooks and translations on global smartphone use (including in Uganda and Cameroon)
    We would like to draw your attention to the publication and Arabic, French and Portuguese translations of ‘The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technology’, an open access eBook which presents a series of original perspectives deriving from the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA) project. A multisited research project at UCL Anthropology with two fieldsites in Yaoundé, Cameroon and Kampala, Uganda. The book is based on simultaneous 16-months of research in 11 countries around the world. The research highlights the impact of the smartphone on the experience of mid-life (people who do not consider themselves either young or elderly) around the world and considers the implications of the use of smartphones in the field of mHealth. They are available as a free download from UCL Press. We believe it is very important, where we can, to ensure the availability of our research findings to people whose first language is not English and we would be grateful if you can spread news of these publications to any networks you are aware of. For example, those who might find this useful for teaching purposes. Two key ethnographies in the book were conducted in Yaoundé, Cameroon and Kampala, Uganda. Patrick Awondo, a Cameroonian anthropologist, conducted his research in a middle-class district within Yaoundé. Most of the people in this area are senior civil servants working in central administration or in other public affairs such as education and culture. Many residents of the district are also involved in private businesses or work for private companies. They come from all over the country and include some expatriates. Charlotte Hawkins, a British anthropologist, carried out her research primarily in Kampala. To understand the use of smartphones specifically, Charlotte drew on methods such as surveys, as well as open-ended interviews and participation in community activities such as women’s and savings groups. English: The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technologyArabic: الهاتف الذكي العالمي: ما وراء تكنولوجيا الشبابFrench: Le Smartphone Global: Au-delà d’une culture jeunePortuguese: O Smartphone Global: Uma tecnologia para além dos jovensFor more translations and publications please visit here: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/collections/series-ageing-with-smartphones Best wishes,Alex Clegg
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    CFP: The 22nd Annual Africa Conference– The University of Texas at Austin
    Theme: Technology, Culture, and African Societies Date: March 31- April 2, 2023 Email: austinafricaconference2023@gmail.com   The 22nd Annual Africa Conference at the University of Texas at Austin calls for submissions of papers in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and other disciplines on the kaleidoscopic presence of technology and culture in African societies. The objective of this conference is to encourage conversations rooted in the histories of the African people, with the connection of science and technology to imagine alternate realities and a liberated African future. Culture is dynamic, and globalization has become an epoch for the constant reinvention of culture that transcends time and space. As globalization continues to spread, more people find themselves across spaces and borders, with their lives structured and oriented by connections to one or several other places. Africa’s rich history is multifaceted and complex, with multiple heritage that cut across centuries and regions. The distinctiveness of each culture is peculiar to their authentic traditional practices and identities, ranging from language to literature, music, visual art, and fashion. In present-day Africa, globalization paves the way for technology, which has aided the growth, adaptation, and transfer of African cultures worldwide. Artificial intelligence and the web are perhaps the most increasingly emerging technologies that are radically shifting normative paradigms in Africa today. The African continent requires new approaches that respond to the sociopolitical and economic needs of African societies. These approaches will define the future for the cultural, political, economic, and social spheres and on the national, regional, and international levels as they re-imagine a new future for Africa where humanity and technology meet. Accordingly, we invite proposals for papers, panel presentations, roundtables, and artistic works/performances that critically examine these and other related issues on African history, culture, and its intersection with technology. The conference will allow scholars from various disciplines and geographical locations to interact, exchange ideas, and receive feedback. As in previous years, participants will be drawn from around the world. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. Submitted papers will be assigned to panels based on similarities in theme, topic, discipline, or geographical focus, and selected papers will be published in a series of book volumes. We welcome submissions that include but are not limited to the following sub-themes and topics: Technology and African Historical Discourses Technology and African Literature Technology and the African Diaspora Cultural Dimensions in Africa and Technology Technology and Popular Culture Technology and Gender Constructions Technology and Environmental Security Culture, Urbanization, and Digital Urbanism Globalization, Technology, and Identity Formation Technology and Education Technology, Religions and Ritual Performance Technology and Performative Arts Visual Arts and Digital Culture Technology and Cinema Technology and African Fashion Technology and Health Sciences Cultural Practices, Indigenous Medicine, and Technology Technology and Linguistics Culture, Technology and New Media Technology and Postcolonial/ Postmodern Conditions Technology and Decoloniality Technology, Politics and Cultural Paradigms Festivals, Ceremonies and Technology Funeral Technology–Old and New Digital Economy for Africa’s Initiative Technology, Language, and Rhetoric Technology and Archival Studies Africa Trade and Technology Technology, Geography, and Natural resources Technology and Archaeology Anthropology and Africa’s Digital Revolution Social Mobility in the Digital Age Security Technology in Africa Technology and Peace and Conflict Resolution   Each proposal must include: Title of the work and an abstract of 200 words Name of the presenter (with the surname underlined) Mailing address Phone number Email Institutional affiliation Three to five keywords best characterize the themes and topics relevant to your submission.   Participants are expected to follow these guidelines.  ​Proposals for panels (3-5 presenters) must include: (1) the title of the panel and a collective summary of 250 words on the panel’s theme, including the title of each individual’s work (2) a 200-word abstract for each speaker’s presentation (3) mailing addresses (4) phone numbers  (5) email addresses (6) institutional affiliation of each presenter. ​ Proposals will be accepted on the official conference website (www.utafricaconference.com) and by email: toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu  (cc: austinafricaconference2023@gmail.com) from mid-August to mid-December 2022. Participants who require a visa to enter the United States must submit abstracts and register early, as it may take six months to book visa appointments. A mandatory non-refundable registration fee of $150 for scholars and $100 for graduate students must be paid immediately upon the acceptance of the abstract. This in-person conference fee includes a conference t-shirt and bag, admission to the panels, workshops, special events, and transportation to and from the hotel and conference events. Registration also includes breakfast for all three days, dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday, a banquet with DJ and an open bar on Saturday evening, and a closing celebration on Sunday.   All participants must have funds to attend the conference, including the registration fee, transportation, and accommodation. The conference and the University of Texas at Austin do not provide any form of sponsorship or financial support. However, the Holiday Inn Austin-Town Lake will have a special rate for conference participants, and transportation between the hotel and the university is included.   ​ *Events are subject to change in accordance with CDC guidelines and global health and safety concerns. We are currently exploring a possible hybrid model for attendees who may not be able to attend physically due to US travel restrictions. All official updates will be posted on the conference website as soon as they are available.  ​ If you have questions, please contact the conference coordinators via the official email. All correspondence, including submission of abstracts, panel proposals, completed papers, and all kinds of inquiries, must go through the official conference email: austinafricaconference2023@gmail.com     CONFERENCE TEAM   Organizers: Olayombo Raji-Oyelade, olayombo.raji@utexas.edu Victor Angbah, vangbah@utexas.edu Convener: Toyin Falola, toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    Call for Proposals: The Collections of Ousmane Sembène & Paulin S. Vieyra Workshop
    Workshop presentation We would like to invite academics (Graduate students, junior researchers, independent scholars, and university professors) to visit Indiana University’s collections on African cinemas (mainly Ousmane Sembène’s archives, held at the Lilly Library, and the Paulin S. Vieyra archives, held at the Black Film Center & Archive (BFCA), during a fixed period of approximately 10 days, in August 2024. Each attendee will use the workshop to conduct archival research for a chapter on these pioneers of African cinemas, to be finalized and submitted for December 2024. During this collective research stay, we will organize discussion tables, paper presentations, and film screenings to stress new perspectives on African Film studies and to share novel discoveries from the archives with specialists and the general public.   If Ousmane Sembène is to this day recognized as the “father” of African cinema, Paulin S. Vieyra, as his friend, mentor, and producer, was a key eyewitness and contributor to early sub-Saharan African cinema. Starting in 1954, Vieyra was a filmmaker, the first director of the Senegalese newsreel service, and a film critic and historian. During this period, Vieyra also directed a series of short films that documented the Independence of Senegal: Une nation est née (A Nation is Born, 1961) is a historical portrait depicting pre-colonial traditions and then European domination, before celebrating the wealth and collective strengths of the young Republic of Senegal; Lamb (1963) shows the social ramifications of traditional wrestling performances. Later in his career, he directed his only feature film, En résidence surveillée (Under House Arrest, 1981), which justifies the political choices of President Senghor and his administration. In his role as an administrator within the nascent African film industry, Vieyra helped young French-speaking African filmmakers to produce their first movies, advocating for them at film festivals in Russia, France, Burkina Faso, and Tunisia. Additionally, he wrote articles to promote African cinema and was a leader in organizing the Fédération panafricaine des cinéastes (FEPACI), using his political connections to procure funding for film production and distribution. Near the end of his life in the 1980s, Vieyra earned a Ph.D. (under the supervision of Jean Rouch) and became Professor of Film Studies at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD).   Writer and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007) drew on his experiences as the son of a Lébou fisherman in Casamance, in the French colonial army and as a docker in Marseille in order to stage colonial injustices. A well-known novelist, he sought in the early 1960s to reach an audience beyond the Westernized elites. Understanding film to be a privileged medium for this access, he trained in Moscow (Berty 2019). In 1962, Sembène directed his first short film Borom Sarret. Then he adapted one of his short stories, La Noire de... (1966), the story of a young Senegalese woman who takes her own life while working in France, a film awarded the Jean Vigo Prize. The recurring themes of Sembène's films are the history of colonialism, the critique of the new African bourgeoisie, and the affirming of the strength of African women. His films have been regularly presented at the Moscow International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and FESPACO, which in 2001 paid tribute to his extraordinary career. Sembène’s last film, Moolaadé (2004), explored the issue of female genital mutilation and received an enthusiastic reception at both FESPACO and the Cannes Film Festival.    Both Vieyra and Sembène were key innovators of a postcolonial film aesthetic and in the development of audio-visual means of production, both in Senegal and throughout French-speaking West Africa. As intellectuals and artists, but also as political activists, they made movies that were close to the African public. And, importantly for today’s researchers, they kept all of the papers and materials related to their storied careers. Now that their archives have been acquired by the Lilly Library and the BFCA, we have the opportunity to explore Sembène’s and Vieyra’s work and legacies and have a better understanding of the origins of sub-Saharan African cinema.   Workshop goals The primary goal of this workshop is to begin to fulfill Indiana University’s commitment to make available and to promote Sembène’s archives (Lilly Library) and Vieyra’s archives (BFCA).   The second goal is to facilitate the journey to and stay in Bloomington, IN of specialists in early African cinema and to involve junior scholars in this fascinating research field. We are planning to gather about ten to fifteen researchers for approximately ten days.   The third goal of this workshop is to produce a collection of essays linked to the archives, published by a major university press. Thus, each of the archival workshop participants will be selected according to the pertinence of their proposed chapter in this collective work. The final text will be expected before the end of 2024, after having participated in the archival workshop at Indiana University.   Call for chapter proposals   The co-editors will be Vincent Bouchard (Indiana University), Rachel Gabara (University of Georgia), and Amadou Ouédraogo (University of Louisiana at Lafayette).    We welcome proposals that focus on (but are not limited to) the following themes, with a particular interest in submissions that treat the links between these two key figures:  -Sembène’s and/or Vieyra’s intellectual legacies in their writings.  - The new aesthetic to which they contributed through their own audio-visual production, collaborations, and film criticism, in the early stages of sub-Saharan African cinema (1955-1980).  - Sembène’s and/or Vieyra’s contributions in the organization and administration of cinematographic institutions in West Africa.  - Sembène’s and/or Vieyra’s support, as producer or mentor, of other African filmmakers.   - Sembène’s and/or Vieyra’s contributions to the promotion of African cinema more broadly.     By October 30th, 2022, proposals (500 words, a short bibliography, and a brief professional biography) in English should be sent to the following email: clafouch@iu.edu.   Should you have any questions, please contact one of the co-editors: vbouchar@iu.edu, rgabara@uga.edu, amadou@louisiana.edu.   ---------------------   Information forwarded by the UCLA African Studies Center www.international.ucla.edu/africa  
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    Call for Papers Conference on Technological Advancement in Embedded and Mobile Systems
    The first International Conference on Technological Advancement in Embedded and Mobile Systems (ICTA-EMoS) is the first international premier research conference in embedded and mobile systems. It provides an international forum for presentation of original research results, as well as exchange and dissemination of innovative and practical development experiences. The conference covers all aspects of embedded and mobile systems and their applications. ICTA-EMoS draws researchers, application developers, and practitioners (industrial partners) from a wide range of embedded and mobile systems related areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, mobile applications development, etc. By promoting novel, high-quality research findings, and innovative solutions to challenging embedded and mobile application problems (EMoS), the conference seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in EMoS.CALL FOR PAPERS AS PDF Submission Guidelines and Springer Template Researchers are invited to submit original papers, which have not been published elsewhere and which are not currently under consideration for another journal, conference, or workshop. Paper submissions should be limited to a minimum of five (5) pages (mainly from industrial partners) and a maximum of ten (10) pages (academic researchers), in the Springer 1-column format including the bibliography and any possible appendices. Submissions longer than 10 pages will be rejected without review.SPRINGER WORD TEMPLATE Review All submissions will be triple-blind reviewed by the Program Committee based on technical quality, relevance to scope of the conference, originality, significance, and clarity. Submission via EasyChair Papers must be submitted via the EasyChair Platform: SUBMIT PAPER VIA EASYCHAIR Publication All selected papers will be included, in an expanded and revised form, in the the book “Advances, Trends and Applications in Embedded and Mobile Systems” published by Springer. Best Paper Awards Awards will be conferred at the conference to the authors of the best paper and the best student paper.  Important Dates – **All deadlines are at 11:59 pm East African Time** Call for paper Published: 15 June 2022 Paper Submission: 15 September 2022 (extended deadline) Acceptance Notifications: 5 October 2022 Camera Ready Submission: 4 November 2022 ICTA-EMoS Conference: 24 – 25 November 2022 Topics of Interest We particularly encourage submissions in emerging topics of high importance in embedded systems such as which brings innovation to a wide range of applications, often using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, including IoT security, robotics, medical devices, autonomous vehicles, vision technologies, System-on-Chip solutions. Also, we encourage articles from dominating mobile applications such as location-based technology, augmented reality, syncing wearable technology with mobile devices, revenue from mobile applications, mobile devices syncing with homes, enhanced mobile security, small business mobile apps. Attendance ICTA-EMoS is a premier forum for presenting and discussing current research in EMoS. The conference will be a hybrid one (i.e., online and in person attendance). However, it is encouraged that at least one author of each accepted paper must complete the conference registration and present the paper at the conference, in order for the paper to be included in the proceedings and conference program. Contact For querie regarding this Call for Papers, please contact the following email address: icta-emos@nm-aist.tz.  Conference website https://icta-emos.org/
    By: Bettina Onyango
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  • Call for Applications for the MSc Embedded and Mobile Systems (EMoS) Programme
    The Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania, offers a 2-year Master in Embedded and Mobile System that imparts theoretical scientific background knowledge, as well as practical methods, techniques, and tools to enable young professionals todevelop and marketize digital solutions, that are crucial for the transformation of industries and development. The Master includes elements such as an internship, an applied Master thesis, summer schools, guest lectures from the private and public sector, as well as Entrepreneurial and Soft Skills training.  The following research topics stand in the centre of CENIT@EA and are addressed in the master’s programme . Mobile Computing Embedded Systems Project Management Soft Skills Entrepreneurship Information Systems  Who can apply? The call is aimed at graduates with a first academic degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields related to Embedded and Mobile systems, as well as professionals working already in the academia or private and the public sector. The CENIT@EA project especially aims to strengthen the role of women in STEM-related fields and the ICT sector. Female graduates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. How to apply? Interested students can apply for admission to the master programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems through the NM-AIST Online Admission System. The admissions process is fully handled by NM-AIST. You can find more information about the Master on the CENIT@EA website. For assistance or more inquiries on general admission applications to the EMoS programme at NM-AIST please write to admission@nm-aist.ac.tz or call +255 628 183 676 during office hours. Want to advance your career and make an impact? Then go ahead and apply for the MSc EMoS at NM-AIST!
    By: Bettina Onyango
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    Technology and Material Culture in African History: Challenges and Potentials for Research
    Technology and Material Culture in African History:Challenges and Potentials for Research and Teaching An international conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, January 4 – 8, 2023   Call for Papers and Roundtables   The conference seeks to consolidate and foster the further development of history of technology and material culture in Africa. By gathering scholars from Tanzania and across Africa, as well as colleagues from other continents, the conference will demonstrate the discipline’s high degree of relevance—to the research and teaching of history and adjacent fields, as well as to contemporary political agendas. The organizers wish to use this event to discuss how historians of technology and material culture may contribute to the writing of a “usable past” for further generations.   The organizers invite historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers, sociologists, and urban scholars to discuss the potentials of interdisciplinary and international collaboration around present intellectual, social, technological, and environmental challenges in Africa and globally. In the recent past, African countries have increased citizens’ access to up-to-date mobility and communication technologies—electric household items, mobile phones, and engine-driven vehicles. As the variety of terms indicates—daladala, matatu, tro tros, bodaboda, bajaji, and so on—artifacts are not just simply imported, but constantly modified to fit local circumstances and needs. By and large, however, a historical understanding of these processes of domestication and reinvention is still lacking. That present-day historians of technology do not limit themselves to the study of modern, Western machines and systems, but include broader aspects of (pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial) “material culture,” also means the discipline plays a central role both in research projects and teaching programs.   There have been growing initiatives to integrate Africa into the global history of technology and material culture, but such efforts rarely focus on issues of teaching. Considering the ongoing curricular review at African universities, it is a pressing concern to discuss the potentials of including the history of technology and material culture in Bachelor and Masters programs. The organizers are convinced that the discipline of history needs to include an African perspective and showcase Africa’s contribution to global history of technology and material culture. Therefore, the conference focuses on policies, practices, and use to rethink the historiographic role played by material artifacts and systems. We believe there is a certain urgency in researching, writing, and teaching the history of technology and material culture from a truly African perspective. The organizers hope that the workshop will provide important additions to the nationalist and materialist views which have dominated African history research, writing, and teaching since independence. By giving participants an opportunity to discuss existing research projects and teaching programs, the organizers aim at laying the foundation for an international network of historians of technology and material culture in Africa. We thus ask interested teachers and researchers from Africa and beyond to contribute with standard workshop sessions and papers, roundtable discussions, and further innovative formats. Proposals may be on any thematic area in history of technology and material culture, for example: The place of technology and material culture in the teaching of African history The political “usefulness” of technological and material history Gender and material culture in African history Craft technologies (e.g., basketry, carpentry, weaving, pottery, metal working). Farming, fishing, and hunting technologies The adoption of material objects (e.g., cars, bicycles, electronic and domestic appliances) Infrastructure histories (e.g., transportation, water, power, sanitation) Repair and maintenance cultures Archaeological evidence Please submit 300-word proposals and one-page CVs to:Emanuel L. Mchome at emanuellukio@yahoo.com orFrank Edward at f38edward@yahoo.co.uk no later than August 31, 2022.   This unique event will be organized by the History Department at University of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with the ERC-funded research project “A Global History of Technology, 1850-2000” at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and the Foundation for the History of Technology in the Netherlands. The event will take place on site in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lodging and main meals are provided by the organizers; a one-day excursion is also included. Participants from Africa are invited to apply for travel grants. Selected applicants will be notified Sept. 15, 2022, and they will be requested to submit preliminary conference papers (min. 2,500 words) by Nov. 15, 2022. Representatives of leading scientific journals will be present at the event. Contact Info:  Professor Mikael Hård ERC Project “A Global History of Technology, 1850-2000” Institute of History Technical University of Darmstadt Schloss, Marktplatz 15 64283 Darmstadt Germany Contact Email:  hard@ifs.tu-darmstadt.de URL:  http://www.global-hot.eu
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)
    Application now open for the next competition of theCarnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)DEADLINE: September 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce that the next round of competition for the CADFP is now open.Apply now or share this message with those who might be interested.   What is the CADFP? The CADFP is a scholar exchange program for African higher education institutions to host a diaspora scholar for 14-90 days for projects in curriculum co-development, research collaboration and graduate student teaching and mentoring.   Who is eligible? Accredited universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, and member institutions of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) (including Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the University of Rwanda; Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal; and University of Mauritius) can submit a project request to host a scholar. Scholars born in Africa, who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries, can apply online to be placed on a roster of candidates for a fellowship. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field and may hold any academic rank.  How do I apply?Links and information about the African host institution project request application, scholar roster application and review guidelines are posted on the CADFP website.  Interested parties are invited to register for one of our informational webinars:  Information for Diaspora Scholars, Webinar #1: Wednesday August 3 at 12 noon Eastern US TimeInformation for Potential Hosts, Webinar #1: Thursday, August 4 at  12 noon West Central Africa Standard TimeInformation for Diaspora Scholars, Webinar #2: Tuesday, August 23 at 2:00 PM Eastern US TimeInformation for Potential Hosts, Webinar #2: Wednesday, August 24 at 2:00 PM West Central Africa Time After the webinars, we will post a recording on our YouTube Channel. TimelineThe deadline for project requests from host universities and scholar applications for diaspora scholars is September 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST. Selection decisions will be made in October-November 2022; project visits can begin as early as January 1, 2023 and must be completed by November 30, 2023. BenefitsSelected fellows receive a $150/day stipend, visa costs, limited health insurance, round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from home and the U.S./Canadian airport. Selected Host Fellows and Diaspora Fellows can apply for supplemental funds to be used for fieldwork, publication costs and workshops. The CADFP Team manages the fellowships and payments to fellows. Host institutions are encouraged to provide cost-share for the fellow’s meals, lodging and in-country transportation.For more information on the fellowship program and application process, as well as the projects of current fellows, please write to us at AfricanDiaspora@iie.org visit our website and our communities on Facebook and Twitter. The program is made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.     Please contact:Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)Institute of International Education (IIE)Email: africandiaspora@iie.orghttp://www.iie.org/AfricanDiaspora
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition
    The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the call for 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The overall purpose of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas. The call targets young entrepreneurs and incubates below 35 years of age to compete for 20 awards that show case their innovations, enterprises, business concepts and propositions. This fifth round of the RUFORUM Young Innovators Competition will be a regional competition and specifically targets only Southern Africa countries[1]. The awards will be made in Harare, Zimbabwe during the RUFORUM Annual General Meeting “AGM” slated for 12 to 16th December 2022. RUFORUM targets to recognise young innovators and entrepreneurs especially in the following fields: Food and agribusiness, ICTs, Health, Engineering, Natural Resources, and Meteorology, among others. All the 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021 RUFORUM Young Innovators Awardees are NOT eligible to apply. The RUYAEC operates within RUFORUM’s thrust of promoting creativity and seeks to offer opportunities to develop innovative solutions both in addressing the problems faced by smallholder farmers, and in designing innovative solutions to emerging challenges and opportunities.   Remarks:  Kindly note that you will not be required to upload a word document as an application form but you need to fill the form online. For Any question, kindly contact Mr. Yamungu Alongo Boniface at b.yamungu@ruforum.org for assistance. Call Announcement: deadline 15/September/2022 For more information, please visit https://ruforum.smehub.africa/ The Application form will be accessed at https://smehub.africa/calls/8/form  
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition
    The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the call for 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The overall purpose of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas. The call targets young entrepreneurs and incubates below 35 years of age to compete for 20 awards that show case their innovations, enterprises, business concepts and propositions. This fifth round of the RUFORUM Young Innovators Competition will be a regional competition and specifically targets only Southern Africa countries[1]. The awards will be made in Harare, Zimbabwe during the RUFORUM Annual General Meeting “AGM” slated for 12 to 16th December 2022. RUFORUM targets to recognise young innovators and entrepreneurs especially in the following fields: Food and agribusiness, ICTs, Health, Engineering, Natural Resources, and Meteorology, among others. All the 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021 RUFORUM Young Innovators Awardees are NOT eligible to apply. The RUYAEC operates within RUFORUM’s thrust of promoting creativity and seeks to offer opportunities to develop innovative solutions both in addressing the problems faced by smallholder farmers, and in designing innovative solutions to emerging challenges and opportunities.   Remarks:  Kindly note that you will not be required to upload a word document as an application form but you need to fill the form online. For Any question, kindly contact Mr. Yamungu Alongo Boniface at b.yamungu@ruforum.org for assistance. Call Announcement: deadline 15/September/2022 For more information, please visit https://ruforum.smehub.africa/ The Application form will be accessed at https://smehub.africa/calls/8/form  
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    New Open Access Issue: Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography (Vol. 17, No. 1)
    The editorial team of the new Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography (EJAB) is pleased to announce the publication of its first issue in 2022: Verbuyst, Rafael.  "Khoisan identity, politics, and representation in post-apartheid South Africa (1994-2022): a selective and annotated bibliography."  Electronic journal of Africana bibliography  Vol. 17, no. 1 (2022): 1-35.  https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/ejab/article/view/9888   The author is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University, who earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of the Western Cape (2021) and a Ph.D. in History from Ghent University (2021).   Together with global shifts in the fields of postcolonial studies, anthropology, and history, South Africa's democratic transition of 1994 invigorated debates about Khoisan identity, politics, and representation in South Africa and elsewhere. While classical themes continue to inform Khoisan Studies research, the increasing number of people self-identifying as Khoisan and engaging in activism accordingly has brought new debates, topics, and perspectives to the fore. In this selective and annotated bibliography, scholarly works that epitomize this trend are discussed.                                                                                              ****************************************************   EJAB is a refereed, online, open access journal of annotated bibliographies and bibliographic essays. Originally published by the University of Iowa Libraries between 1997 and 2014, the journal has been relaunched in 2022 by Columbia University Libraries with a US-based editorial team composed of African studies librarians from Columbia University, Harvard University, The Library of Congress, Michigan State University, and The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The mission of the journal is to serve the global research community in African and African Diaspora Studies by publishing freely-accessible, online annotated bibliographies and bibliographic essays on any aspect of Africa and the African Diaspora, including its peoples, their homes, cities, towns, districts, states, countries, and regions, and in all subject areas, with a special interest in history, politics, social movements, sustainable development, technology, creative literature, and the arts. The editorial team is still interested in receiving manuscript proposals for 2022.  We are particularly keen to publish works which address one of the following topics: cultural, economic, political, and/or social responses to COVID-19 in Africa  African youth in the 21st century  environmental and human security in the Sahel region identity, conflict, and peace in the Horn of Africa or the African Great Lakes region Islamic revival in Africa in the 21st century China-Africa relations in the 21st century human rights movements in Africa since 1990 involving persons with disabilities, women and girls, or LGBTQI* persons the international reparations movement for the descendants of those enslaved in the era of the transatlantic slave trade cultural and political expressions of Black internationalism since 1994 See our "Submission Guidelines" If interested in publishing with EJAB, please contact the Managing Editor, Dr. Yuusuf Caruso, African Studies Librarian, Columbia University, atcaruso@columbia.edu
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    Call For Papers: Conference in Honour of Professor Bolanle Awe @ 90
    CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PROFESSOR BOLANLE AWE AT 90 ORAL TRADITIONS, WRITTEN HISTORIES Organised by: The University of Texas at Austin University of Lagos University of Ibadan Conveners: Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin Professor Olufunke Adeboye, University of Lagos Professor Rasheed Olaniyi, University of Ibadan Dr Sharon Omotoso, University of Ibadan   Keynote Address: Professor Olabisi Aina Department of Sociology Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria   Date:  February 13-14, 2023                                                                       Venue: University of Ibadan     Call for Papers History is undoubtedly the lifeline of every human society. It is an integral element in the intertwined processes of development and civilisation, which influence cultures, beliefs, and perceptions. Whether oral or written, history promotes data collection that helps put past trends in perspective and predicts future happenings as part of its role in achieving a sense of socio-philosophical coherence in any human context. Professor Bolanle Awe has made unrivalled contributions to Nigerian female historiography in particular and African history in general. As a result, the Bolanle Awe at 90 Conference tagged “Oral Traditions, Written Histories” will draw on the scholarship, career, and legacy of Nigeria’s foremost female history professor as she hits the nonagenarian milestone in January 2023. During her illustrious academic career, Professor Bolanle Awe, a former Professor of Oral History at the University of Ibadan, was Editor of The Journal of the University of Lagos School of African Studies, a visiting scholar to several universities within and outside Nigeria, a consultant to governments and international bodies and agencies, as well as a member of several public and private-sector boards. It is no exaggeration that Professor Awe’s life is the veritable definition of a fulfilling academic career fused with commendable non-academic stints. At her core, the nonagenarian is a researcher who focuses on solution-driven approaches to national and global problems, as evident in the posts she has held as Director at the Institute of African Studies, with the Women’s Research and Documentation Center (WORDOC), University of Ibadan, and with organisations including MacArthur Foundation, UNESCO, and UNFPA. Remarkably, oral history is a forte of this amazon around whose works this conference is woven. Oral history has proven valuable in the collection and analysis of ancient, recent, and even contemporary historical data. Given the value it has placed on the spoken word from time immemorial, the African continent continues to rely heavily on oral history. Indeed, pre-colonial Africa was peopled by diverse civilisations with distinct histories, cultures, and beliefs, which influenced their paths to indigenous growth and development, and oral literacy was a key feature of each civilisation. However, oral literacy has its downsides, especially as it concerns inter-generational transmission and sustainable preservation of history. For instance, a ton of historical data and stories, mostly in the form of written history, have been lost owing to the lack of a proper tracking system. Oral historiography has always been beset by the incremental loss of its credibility and the regrettable loss of humongous amounts of oral historical data and stories due to a lack of documentation. Moreover, the more stories were orally transmitted, the less reliable they tended to become. Luckily, African History as a discipline has greatly benefited from the emergence of Oral History as an academic subfield in history. African History is now in less danger of not being preserved due to the methodologies of oral history that allow historians to collect oral historical data and transform them into written form. While the rest of the world has largely transitioned to written history and documentation, African historians are yet to achieve full documentation of histories that were formerly oral. Nevertheless, practitioners must be mindful that written history cannot fully replace oral historical data, especially when it comes to the role of human historical sources in traditional religious practices across Africa, for instance. Thus, it should be noted that oral history and studies in oral history form only an integral and indispensable part of history as an academic discipline. Therefore, a major question that this conference seeks to answer is: What are the most important landmarks in oral historical studies in the past sixty years? As valuable and integral as oral history is to the continued existence of human societies, it faces a wide range of challenges, including a lack of access to its custodians. Certain studies in oral history have stalled due to the inability to access a key informant; therefore, we expect participants at the conference to interrogate such issues as well as others, particularly those concerning the past, present, and continued roles of both academic and non-academic historians in the study of African societies. We expect presentations to cover unique and general issues in oral and written history while examining the breakthroughs and challenges of oral history as a sub-field of History. Ideally, we will place primacy on the past sixty years as a significant marker of when Professor Bolanle Awe started her academic journey as a historian. Also, we will welcome articles that seek directly to expand the frontiers of her works, be it reviews, critiques, and/or theoretical developments. However, studies that go further back in time will be accepted too. Another main turf of this celebrated scholar is women/gender studies in Nigeria – how did this additional frame intersect with oral and written histories? This announcement calls for papers that will examine various themes related to the studies, challenges and breakthroughs of oral history, the impact of written histories, and the role of both academic and non-academic historians. We, therefore, invite papers on the following areas and closely related ones: Bolanle Awe and Oral History Bolanle Awe and Gender Studies Bolanle Awe and WORDOC (Leadership, Mentorship and Succession) Bolanle Awe and Yoruba/Nigerian History Illustrious Women in Nigerian History Women and Domesticity in Modern Nigeria Women in the Nigerian Public Sphere Nigerian Women in Popular Culture and the Arts Gender Studies in Nigeria Women Historians in the Past 60 Years Studies of Oral History in the Past 60 Years Professional Oral Historians Outside the Academy Advances in African Historiography Oral Traditions and Digital Technology New Sources in African Historiography   Participants are expected to follow these guidelines:  Each proposal must include:   Title of the work and an abstract of 250 words Name of the presenter (with the surname underlined) Phone number Email Mailing address Institutional affiliation Three to five keywords that best describe the themes and topics relevant to the submission.     Proposals for Panels (3-5 presenters) must include: Title of the panel and a collective summary of 250 words on the panel’s theme, including the title of each individual work A 250-word abstract for each speaker’s presentation Mailing address Phone number Email Institutional affiliation of each presenter.  Interested authors should follow these editorial guidelines: Please use Bolanle Awe at 90 Conference as the subject title for your submission. Font: Times New Roman, Size 12, double-spaced. All abstracts must be submitted by September 30, 2022, to: bolanleawe90@gmail.com Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2022 Full papers are to be submitted by January 10, 2023   Conference Registration Academics within Nigeria  -- N20, 000  Students within Nigeria                 -- N15, 000 International Faculty           -- $100 International Students         -- $50   For enquiries, please contact: Olusegun Olopade (bcmanager@toyinfalolanetwork.org
    By: Raquel Acosta
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    CALL FOR PROPOSALS 21ST CENTURY SOCIALISM AND EDUCATION
    CALL FOR PROPOSALS21ST CENTURY SOCIALISM AND EDUCATION: GLOBAL ALTERNATIVES TO PATRIARCHY, RACIAL CAPITALISM, MILITARISM, AND CLIMATE CHANGECIES 2023 CALL FOR PROPOSALSTHEMATIC TRACK   At CIES in February 2023, we will once again be organizing a thematic track of panels focused on 21st Century Socialism and Education: Global Alternatives to Patriarchy, Racial Capitalism, Militarism, and Climate Change. This series of panels, workshops, and papers will continue the discussion begun during roughly 20 panels each in CIES 2001 and 2022 on alternative education and development for the new millennium.  The 2023 CIES theme is “Improving Education for a More Equitable World”. The description references the “dream” of education for all and the abundant educational reforms around the world that fall short of realizing equity. It highlights some of the structural problems that constrain progress - power imbalance, income disparity, and neocolonialism, for example. The theme also emphasizes social factors like gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, language, ability, culture, religion, geopolitics, and the current crisis context of pandemic and climate change that our education improvement agendas must address. Our “21st Century Socialism and Education” panel series for 2023 offers a unique opportunity to illuminate deeper critical analyses of the drivers of inequity and highlight the outlines of a number of promising alternatives that do in fact demonstrate a transformative pathway forward.  We refer to socialism to evoke contributions that recognize the fundamental problems with capitalism and its connections to structures of patriarchy, racism, militarism, and ecological crisis. “Socialism" is not well-defined, and "21st-century socialism" even less so; however, we use it as an attempt to deepen participatory praxis in all spheres of social life, including the state, the economy, the workplace, social and cultural spheres, media, technology, and, of utmost importance for CIES, the education system. As a society, CIES needs to reflect on how our scholarship, academic priorities, and approaches can better contribute to continuing and new struggles for eco-balance, social/economic justice, and more representative democracy. In 2022, we approached the site of CIES, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a site of contestation and local engagement. We highlighted how it had become the epicenter of Black Lives Matter and wider global racial justice protests confronting the long history of structural racism in the US and other societies, and how this region of the US is home to struggles for refugee/immigration rights, indigenous rights, workers’ lives, and climate justice. We visited with local activists outside CIES to learn with them. In 2023, we intend to approach the new CIES site in Washington, DC in a similar way as a site of contestation and local engagement where democracy itself is under assault,  reactionary pushback against progressive progress is the current policy norm, and where civic activism resists these efforts. We see the CIES gathering in 2023 as an important opportunity to communicate the power of more just economic systems and social relations (what we call “progressive alternatives”) in the global and national power center that is the US capital city.  We invite you to propose papers or panels for the 21st Century Socialism and Education thematic track for the CIES 2023 conference - the call for submissions period is now open. Your paper or presentation or panel proposal does not have to tackle the whole theme. The theme is meant to be evocative, not restrictive. You can propose an individual paper on a topic of your choosing, an individual paper that fits with one of the suggested topics below, or an entire panel.We are particularly interested in research and perspectives from the Global South.     What is Socialism for the 21st Century? What is the Role of Education in Promoting this? Education and the Climate Emergency  Education and Social Movements  Educator and Youth Resistance and Organizing  Education and the Re-emergence of Labor Activism Racial Capitalism, Education Policy, and Politics Global and Cross-National Perspectives on Black, Feminist, and Queer Movements in and through Education EcoSocialism and Eco Pedagogy Educational Alternatives: Global Examples of Concrete Praxis Indigenous Approaches to Education and Development  Imperialism, Empire, Neo-colonialism, and Learning Militarism and new forms of 21st Century War The Internet, Social Media     If interested, please submit your paper or panel proposal to the 21st Century Socialism and Education track in the All-Academic system (listed with the SIGs) accessible online at www.cies2023.org by the CIES 2023 deadline on Monday, August 8, 2022.Feel free to contact any one of us below with questions.Also, if you know others who might be interested in proposing a paper or panel for this track, please share this invitation with them. Organizers:Frank Adamson                                              Diana Rodríguez-GómezSalim Vally                                                      Michael GibbonsMark Ginsburg                                               Sangeeta KamatSteve Klees                                                    Hugh McLeanNanre Nafziger                                               Carol Anne SpreenRoozbeh Shirazi                                             Krystal StrongBecky Tarlau                                                   Alice Taylor
    By: Raquel Acosta
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