The African Studies Centre in Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic research institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public.
Two new books out by ASC researcher Walter van Beek
Two new books out by ASC senior researcher Walter van Beek: Contes Kapsiki du Cameroun (Kapsiki Stories from Cameroon) and Sacred Spaces and Contested Identities: Space and Ritual Dynamics in Europe and Africa. For the first book, Van Beek and Henry Tourneux collected and edited stories from the Kapsiki in Cameroon. Animals, human beings and supernatural beings are the main characters. The second book, edited by Van Beek, Paul Post and Philip Nel, is a volume on the position of sacred space, within the broader context of ritual and religious dynamics. Both books can be borrowed from the Library!
Africa Works! Creating new partnerships, 16-17 October
The Africa Works! conference on 16 & 17 October was a big success! More than 700 people joined in the Holiday Inn in Leiden. The conference brought together knowledge institutes, companies, NGOs and policymakers to create new partnerships. Julia Duncan-Cassell, the Liberia Minister of Gender and Development, was guest of honour. Hans Docter, Dutch Special Envoy on Ebola, received a petition that was drawn up during the conference. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, closed the conference. Read on to find some of the keynote speeches and an overview of media coverage. Have a look at the pictures!
Winner Africa Thesis Award 2014: Pedzisai Maedza for 'Theatre of testimony: an investigation in devising asylum'
The jury of the Africa Thesis Award 2014 is pleased to announce that the winner of this year's Award is Pedzisai Maedza from Zimbabwe. Pedzisai wins the Award for his Masters thesis 'Theatre of testimony: an investigation in devising asylum' that concluded his studies at the Department of Drama at the University of Cape Town. The prize of 1000 euro will be handed over to Pedzisai at the Africa Works! conference on 16 and 17 October in Leiden. The jury received 32 theses this year. Runner-up is Enid Guene, former Research Masters student at the ASC.
Web article: Ebola virus: current realities and myths
ASC researcher Akinyinka Akinyoade and Bisola Adebayo from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, currently drafted to the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EEOC) in Lagos, have written an ASC web article about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and elsewhere. The article goes beyond giving statistical updates of the spread of the Ebola virus; it highlights medical as well as socio-cultural issues, like the strong advise not to shake hands anymore - 'The social soul is now seen as a possible route of transmission of the dreadful disease' -, patients suffering from other diseases getting rejected at medical facilities, and rising foodstuff prices.
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