Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

News & Announcements

November 23, 2015

Please join the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability for their annual conference, The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past. The conference aims to explore issues relating to memory, victimhood and violence.

November 23, 2015

Call for contributors: Race in the World: A Comparative Exploration

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Editors: Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Trica Keaton, Vanderbilt University, USA; Elisa Joy White, the University of California, Davis, USA; Kathryn Pillay, University of KwaZulu

November 16, 2015

The UN Association of New York presents the Ambassador Series, Special Edition Fall Panel. This week, ambassadors discuss the topic "Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate: Illegal Trade in Wildlife." Come see Ambassador Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN, and Ambassador Heiko Thoms and Minister Counsellor Do Hung Viet. All non-members must register online in advance only. See here for details.

Date: November 19, 2015 - 6:30 pm, followed by a reception

Location: Columbia University Club of New York, 15 W 43rd St

November 12, 2015

The 2016 WARA Fellowship competition is open for applications. This year WARA will be funding awards for research at pre- and post-doctoral levels, a Diaspora graduate internship in West Africa, the WARC Library Fellowship, and, for Institutional members, the WARA Residency Fellowship.

You can view and download grant announcements on the WARA website by clicking here:

November 9, 2015

Boston University's Graduate Student Conference in African Studies will be celebrating its 24th consecutive event. This year's conference will feature the work of emerging graduate scholars engaging Africa from a variety of disciplines and focusing on the themes of innovation, syncretism, and appropriation. The 2016 conference will be held at Boston University, March 25-26th. The application deadline will be January 15, 2016.

November 9, 2015
The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium is presenting this year on November 14th, 2015 from 9:30am to 5:30pm under the theme of "African Memory and the Crisis of the Present." This event is free and open to the public.

November 9, 2015

Film scholar Michael Cramer joins director Abderrahmane Sissake to discuss his award-winning film Timbuktu, his career, and cinema's importance as a force for hope in a volatile world. In English. Free and open to the public; no RSVP necessary.

Location: Albertine Books, 972 Fifth Avenue, NY 10075

Date: Monday, November 9th at 7pm

November 9, 2015

During a period of mass conversions to Islam in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Zara peoples in Bobo Gbe, or continue to dance white masks in public spectacles that celebrate the life of a distinguished deceased Muslim. Rather than ask how masquerade is reconcilable with Islam, this study contradicts the stereotype that Muslims owning, designing, and dancing masks is a problem to be solved. Instead it poses the question, choose to invest in it?


Guest Speaker Lisa Homann, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte



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