The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.
The best Master's thesis based on research related to Africa will be awarded with € 500 and will be published in the ASCL's African Studies Collection. Any final-year student who has completed his or her Master's thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least an 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands may apply. The thesis must be based on independent empirical research related to Africa and must have been examined in the twelve months prior to the deadline of 10 July 2016.
A new cohort of Muslim youth has arisen since the attacks of 9/11, facilitated by the proliferation of recent communication technologies and the Internet. By focusing on these young people as a heterogeneous global cohort, the contributors to this volume - coedited by senior researcher Benjamin Soares - show how the study of Muslim youth at this particular historical juncture is relevant to thinking about the anthropology of youth, the anthropology of Islamic and Muslim societies, and the post-9/11 world more generally.
The African Studies Centre presented the last book by its renowned colleague Professor Stephen Ellis (1953-2015), This Present Darkness: A history of Nigerian organised crime, on 9 June. The book was published posthumously in April. Former colleagues and friends paid tribute to Ellis, who was regarded as one of the key researchers in African Studies in the world.
The final book by the late Stephen Ellis, This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organised Crime, was launched at the ASCL on 9 June. To mark this occasion, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier on Crime in Africa, with a special focus on Nigeria. The dossier is divided into four themes: Crime general; Illicit trade, drugs and human trafficking; Corruption and commercial crime; Police and Vigilante groups. It opens with a personal word on Stephen Ellis by ASCL director Ton Dietz, and a thematic introduction on crime and the quest for integrity by ASCL researcher Chibuike Uche. Read the web dossier.
Miriam Siun, student of the Research Master African Studies and initiator of the seminar 'Where is the African in "African" Studies?' (31 May), was interviewed by the Faculty of Humanities. Read the entire interview. If you missed the seminar, you can now watch the video registration or read the presentations.
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