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August 27, 2015
The Global Africa workshop will bring public intellectuals, journalists, artists, academics, and activists from Africa, India and elsewhere to discuss and “workshop” their draft chapters for the book Global Africa, edited by Dorothy Hodgson (Rutgers) and Judith Byfield (Cornell), under contract with the University of California Press. Through short, lively, engaging articles, profiles, interviews, photo-essays and more, contributors to Global Africa document some of the significant global connections, circulations and contributions that African people, ideas and goods have made in the world – not just in the United States, but in Latin America, South Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

August 12, 2015

The Journal of International Affairs is seeking student submissions for its semiannual Cordier student essay contest. The author of the winning article will receive $500 and publication alongside noted scholars in the Journal's forthcoming issue on the Geopolitics of Energy. Published by Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, the Journal of International Affairs is one of the oldest and most respected foreign affairs periodicals.

Fall 2015: The Geopolitics of Energy


August 12, 2015
Call for Papers: Mazrui Seminar (Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Herndon, VA)

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is commemorating the first death anniversary of Prof. Dr. Ali. A. Mazrui (1933-2014)by convening a one-day seminar devoted to his extensive scholarship on Islam in Africa as well as Islam and Globalization. In doing so, IIIT would also like to honor the close and lasting relationship between Dr. Mazrui and IIIT.





May 7, 2015

The Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint an outstanding researcher and teacher to a permanent academic post in the Centre of African Studies, in the School of Social and Political Science. S/he will be joining a dynamic and interdisciplinary community of some 20 academics and 100 postgraduate students located in the centre, as well as many more around the university.



April 13, 2015

On Thursday, April 2d, the cruel news came: Professor John O. Hunwick had passed away. After long years of poor health, the man so many knew as the shaykh had left us. Word arrived just as a few of us were sitting down for a seminar on the Tarikh al-Fattash. There could hardly have been a more fitting way for us, so far away, to honor his memory and his life’s work than to bring to life what he had taught us by plunging into the tangled history of Timbuktu’s chronicles.


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