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.
Ethiopian prosecutors have brought multiple criminal charges against Dr. Merera Gudina, a political scientist and chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress in Ethiopia. Dr Merera was arrested on 1 December 2016. The African Studies Centre Leiden is concerned about Merera, who has been a visiting scholar to the African Studies Centre Leiden twice.
Are you interested in doing a (Research) Master's in African Studies? Join us for the presentations on the one-year Master's and the two-year Research Master's in African Studies. Date: Friday 10 March, time: 13.15-14.00, Lipsius Building, Leiden. Register now and watch the video about the Master's programmes in African Studies!
ASCL senior researcher Jan-Bart Gewald has written a chapter in the lavishly illustrated book 'Good Hope: South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600' that accompanies the exhibition with the same title in the Rijksmuseum (on show until 21 May 2017). ASCL honorary fellow Professor Emeritus Robert Ross is co-editor of the book and wrote the chapter about pre-colonial South Africa. The book explores what took place between 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape, and Mandela's visit to Amsterdam in 1990.
ASCL senior researcher Marcel Rutten wrote two new blog posts: in the first he compares witchcraft in the days of his ancestor Joannes Heurnius (1543-1601, a former Rector Magnificus at Leiden University!) with today's accusations of witchcraft in Coastal Kenya. In the second he describes a conman in a Dutch TV show about the most dangerous roads in the world, that tricks the participants about water draining clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy!
A special issue of Vice Versa on land rights pays extensive attention to land rights in Africa. The issue has features on land rights in Mozambique, Uganda, and the city of Beira (Mozambique). ASCL director Ton Dietz is quoted in an article about the coherence of the Aid & Trade policy of the Netherlands. Matthijs van Leeuwen is interviewed about his research project 'Grounding Land Governance'. An essay by Annelies Zoomers (director of LANDAC, of which the ASCL is a partner) highlights the land grab and how to 'leave no one behind'. Her book 'The Global Land Grab: Beyond the Hype', written with ASCL researcher Mayke Kaag, is also quoted.
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