Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

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February 16, 2016

In a rapidly changing continent in which the states often act insufficiently to meet the needs of their populations, the association of civil society movements are critically important. African governors act like despotic rulers, usually abusing of concentration of power, using violence as an instrument of social control and denying fundamental rights for their citizens and persons under their jurisdiction. In such adverse situation, social activism movements act as demanding movements and so as a resistance to the state action.

February 1, 2016
41st Annual Conference of the New York African(a) Studies Association at The City College (CUNY) and Columbia University, 1-2 April 2016
Call for Proposals/Abstracts (Final Deadline: 12 February 2016)
NYASA’S 41st conference is historic on all levels. It is the first time we will present the theme of Music and the Arts and a first time collaboration between The City College (CUNY), Columbia University, and the organization. It is also the first time the conference will present live performances, film screenings, and exhibitions.

January 25, 2016
April 16-17, 2016
Yale University, New Haven, CT

With more than 2,000 professional and student participants, the Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference.

January 25, 2016
Call for Papers
Avenues of Social and Political Change: 
Five Years of Contention in the Middle East and North Africa
April 8, 2016
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016

Five years after the eruption of mass protests across North Africa and the Middle East, citizens of these countries now live under



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