The African Studies Centre Community is a dynamic network of (international) Africa experts. The purpose of the Community is sharing knowledge and information between researchers, students, policy makers, NGO employees, business people and journalists.
Becoming a member will get you a profile page on our well visited website. You will also receive the monthly newsletter Habari and via the Community you can send notifications of new publications, research projects, vacancies, etc. Through the ASC community LinkedIn group (community members only) you can start a discussion on a Africa related subject.
In the framework of the Community each year we organize a series of country meetings. For 2014 the idea is to link these meetings to elections in African countries.
There are three types of community membership:
- Fellow of the African Studies Centre: members have a PhD, are an academic researcher (at a university or in some other academic setting) and have published at least three refereed publications on Africa in the last five years;
- Affiliate of the African Studies Centre: members are working on a PhD on a topic related to African Studies (or will be a Research Masters student), and are affiliated to a Dutch institution or working with support/involvement from Dutch Africanists; and
- Associate of the African Studies Centre: members do not fit into either of the two categories above but want to have a fully recognized relationship with the ASC Community.
All prospective members (whether fellow, affiliate or associate) must have a link to a knowledge centre (broadly defined) in the Netherlands. View our present Community Members.
What does the ASC expect from its members?
- You will be an active member of the ASC Community in your country and will (try to) be engaged in collaborative research, information or documentation projects with other colleagues in the ASC Community, and preferably also with staff at the ASC in Leiden.
- In some countries, you will be able, if you are interested, to be involved in attempts to encourage ‘participatory history writing’ about your country and its recent history of development and change. As part of this project, you will be contributing to the activities of Dutch scientific, business and aid agencies and organizations in your country.
What does the ASC offer its members in return?
- You will be visible on the ASC website either as a fellow, an affiliate or an associate of the ASC Community, with the information you have submitted.
- You will receive a monthly newsletter (in English) that will be sent to all members of the ASC Community.
- You can order any of our publications with a 50% discount (please send your order to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you would like to inform the community members of a new publication or project, you can do so by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
- Your assistance might be requested from time to time in attempts to get research funding or organize research collaboration.
- If you wish, you will be able to have an ASC business card although a small charge will be made to cover the printing and postage costs (please contact Marieke van Winden: firstname.lastname@example.org). In all other respects, ASC Community membership is free of charge. Members will not be paid a honorarium.
Each country has its own ASC coordinator in Leiden and there is a (volunteer) country coordinator as well in each of the nineteen countries that have been selected for in-depth collaboration with the ASC.
If you would like to become an ASC Community member, please fill in the application form and return it via e-mail to email@example.com. Applications for fellowship will first be reviewed by the ASC executive board. There is no deadline for applications.
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