Africa 2020

2020 is the year in which 17 countries on the African continent will celebrate 60 years of independence. The Africanists from Leiden University with partners from TU Delft and Erasmus University (united in ‘LeidenASA’, hosted by the ASCL) will organize "Africa 2020", a year full of workshops, film screenings, peer coaching for PhD students, seminars and two large conferences: ‘Africa: 60 years of independence’ in January and  ‘Africa knows!’ in December of that year. 
 

The preliminary timeline of the events in 2020 can be found below. If you have any questions regarding the events, please contact Maaike Westra (LeidenASA@asc.leidenuniv.nl).


28-29 January 2020

Workshop: Law, governance and rights in Africa. A look to the future

Organizing committee:

Annelien Bouland, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, Leiden Law School, Leiden University
Danse de Bondt, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University and Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Tanja Hendriks, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Thandiwe Matthews, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Carolien Jacobs, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, Leiden Law School, Leiden University

Read the call for papers
Read the workshop report
 


29 January 2020

Conference: Pushing Boundaries in Advocacy for Inclusion


30 January 2020

International conference: Africa, sixty years of independence

Watch the film registration of this conference


20-21 February 2020

Workshop: The Nile. Inclusion and Exclusion over a trans-boundary resource

Organizing committee:

Abeer Abazeed, FGGA, Leiden University
Bert Enserink, TU Delft
Abby Onencan, TU Delft
Lama El Hatow, Erasmus University Rotterdam

This workshop will only be open to the general public on Friday 21 February from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., room SA49 (basement), Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden (registration not required). More information.
Participants are also encouraged to attend the event Nile Pop - The river like you have never experienced it before (registration required), on Friday 21 February, 5-7 p.m., National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden.

Read the workshop report


CANCELED
12 March 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peer-Coaching for PhD candidates (to be followed by a session in June, September and November)

Organizer: Karin Nijenhuis, ASCL

A PhD research trajectory is long, sometimes lonely, and often strewn with daily issues to be addressed e.g. cooperation with supervisors, motivation, security issues in the fieldwork area, planning of work, or a writer’s block. The basic idea of peer supervision is that people can learn from each other, laying out their problems, receiving feedback and suggestions. In the sessions, preferably organized on a regular basis, one or more PhD students open themselves to scrutiny by their fellows; they describe their own actions and their peers give their own understanding, ideas and reflections on the course of action to be taken. High trust in each other is therefore indispensable, as well as a willingness to become vulnerable.

The discussions are guided by moderator (Karin Nijenhuis) who applies a set of rules and follows a certain procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session.
Register: leidenasa@asc.leidenuniv.nl

Venue: Leiden University, exact location to be announced.
Please be informed that it is not possible to attend via Skype. Participants do not have to attend all four sessions.


POSTPONED 2 April 2020

Somali Day

Organizing committee:

Jan Abbink, ASCL
Annachiara Raia, ASCL
Gerard van de Bruinhorst, ASCL

Open registration: leidenasa@asc.leidenuniv.nl


POSTPONED 30 April 2020

Morocco event

Guest speaker: Abdelkader Benali (to be confimed).
This event will be held in Dutch.

Organizing committee:

Mayke Kaag
Rik Jongenelen
Maaike Westra
Joost Röselaers

Open registration via the ASCL website. Registration will open soon.


18 June 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How to handle my PhD supervisor and other bumps in the road
 
Online Peer-Coaching for PhD students

A PhD involves doing amazing fieldwork, reading libraries full of literature, analyzing interesting data, and presenting your innovative findings at lively conferences –it is exciting and enriching. At least, that’s what we are told! But …. there is also a downside. A PhD trajectory is long, can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, and can leave you needing to address all kinds of daily yet serious issues. For example, your supervisor might not give appropriate feedback to your draft chapters; you experienced feeling very insecure when doing fieldwork or perhaps even sexual harassment; you are facing a writer’s block; you are running out of time; you miss having contacts with peer PhD students; you are doubting your future as a researcher….
 
Peer-coaching (or, inter-vision) is a way of sharing your issues with peer PhD students. It can make your problems lighter or at least more manageable. The basic idea of peer supervision is that you can learn from each other by sharing your problems and receiving and giving feedback and suggestions. Trust is indispensable in this regard and therefore the information shared will remain confidential.

The online discussions are guided by a moderator (Karin Nijenhuis) who applies a set of rules and follows a specific procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session. You can register per session (next sessions are scheduled in September and November). After registration a link to Kaltura Live Rooms will be shared.

You are most welcome! Please register before 11 June: m.a.westra@asc.leidenuniv.nl


POSTPONED 16 & 17 July 2020

Two day workshop: From the ashes reborn. Reconsidering the “Time of Troubles” in Southern Africa in the context of global history

Organizing committee:

Jan-Bart Gewald, ASCL
Alicia Schrikker, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Sabine Luning, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
Thomas Molony, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Authors workshop. By invitation only.


POSTPONED 3 September 2020

This conference will be integrated with the Africa Knows! conference, early December. Plans for a separate side event are still under development. Further updates will be announced closer to the meeting.

One-day Conference: Multilingualism in Education: Africa and the Netherlands
Venue: Academy Building, 'Klein Auditorium', Rapenburg 73, Leiden and the Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden

Organizing committee:

Maarten Mous, LUCL, Leiden University
Bert van Pinxteren, LUCL, Leiden University
Anneke Breedveld, Dutch Association for Afican Studies
Madi Ditmars, African Studies Centre Leiden

Keynote speakers: Kwesi Prah, Ekkehard Wolff.

Read the call for proposals. Deadline: 1 June 2020.


POSTPONED 18 September 2020

HANDS! Festival on African Sign Languages and Deaf Studies

Organizing committee:

Victoria Nyst, LUCL, Leiden University
Monika Baar, Institute for History, Leiden University


FULL 22 September 2020, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Online PhD peer coaching: How to handle my PhD supervisor and other bumps in the road

A PhD involves doing amazing fieldwork, reading libraries full of literature, analysing interesting data, and presenting your innovative findings at lively conferences - it is exciting and enriching. At least, that’s what we are told! But there is also a downside. A PhD trajectory is long, can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, and can leave you needing to address all kinds of daily yet serious issues. For example, your supervisor might not give appropriate feedback to your draft chapters; you experienced feeling very insecure when doing fieldwork or perhaps even sexual harassment; you are facing a writer’s block; you are running out of time; you miss having contacts with peer PhD students; you are doubting your future as a researcher… 

Peer-coaching (or, intervision) is a way of sharing your issues with peer PhD students. It can make your problems lighter or at least more manageable. The basic idea of peer supervision is that you can learn from each other by sharing your problems and receiving and giving feedback and suggestions. Trust is indispensable in this regard and therefore the information shared will remain confidential.

The discussions are guided by moderator (Karin Nijenhuis) who applies a set of rules and follows a certain procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session.
Register: this workshop is fully booked. You can still register for the 15 October or 23 November session. Send an email to: m.a.westra@asc leidenuniv.nl

After registration a link to Kaltura Live Rooms will be shared.
 


15 October 2020, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Online PhD peer coaching: How to handle my PhD supervisor and other bumps in the road

A PhD involves doing amazing fieldwork, reading libraries full of literature, analysing interesting data, and presenting your innovative findings at lively conferences - it is exciting and enriching. At least, that’s what we are told! But there is also a downside. A PhD trajectory is long, can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, and can leave you needing to address all kinds of daily yet serious issues. For example, your supervisor might not give appropriate feedback to your draft chapters; you experienced feeling very insecure when doing fieldwork or perhaps even sexual harassment; you are facing a writer’s block; you are running out of time; you miss having contacts with peer PhD students; you are doubting your future as a researcher… 

Peer-coaching (or, intervision) is a way of sharing your issues with peer PhD students. It can make your problems lighter or at least more manageable. The basic idea of peer supervision is that you can learn from each other by sharing your problems and receiving and giving feedback and suggestions. Trust is indispensable in this regard and therefore the information shared will remain confidential.

The discussions are guided by moderator (Karin Nijenhuis) who applies a set of rules and follows a certain procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session.
Register: m.a.westra@asc leidenuniv.nl

After registration a link to Kaltura Live Rooms will be shared.


23 November 2020, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Online PhD peer coaching: How to handle my PhD supervisor and other bumps in the road

A PhD involves doing amazing fieldwork, reading libraries full of literature, analysing interesting data, and presenting your innovative findings at lively conferences - it is exciting and enriching. At least, that’s what we are told! But there is also a downside. A PhD trajectory is long, can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, and can leave you needing to address all kinds of daily yet serious issues. For example, your supervisor might not give appropriate feedback to your draft chapters; you experienced feeling very insecure when doing fieldwork or perhaps even sexual harassment; you are facing a writer’s block; you are running out of time; you miss having contacts with peer PhD students; you are doubting your future as a researcher… 

Peer-coaching (or, intervision) is a way of sharing your issues with peer PhD students. It can make your problems lighter or at least more manageable. The basic idea of peer supervision is that you can learn from each other by sharing your problems and receiving and giving feedback and suggestions. Trust is indispensable in this regard and therefore the information shared will remain confidential.

The discussions are guided by moderator (Karin Nijenhuis) who applies a set of rules and follows a certain procedure.

Only open to PhD candidates (all disciplines, all universities). Maximum of 6 participants per session.
Register: m.a.westra@asc leidenuniv.nl

After registration a link to Kaltura Live Rooms will be shared.


November 2020

(exact date to be determined)

Workshop & publication: A General Labour History of Africa, 1600-1900

Organizing committee:

Stefano Bellucci, Institute for History, Leiden University
Klaas van Walraven, ASCL
Karin Willemse, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Institute for History, Leiden University
Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University of Berlin

Authors workshop. By invitation only.


November 2020

(exact date to be determined)

Film programme in the framework of the Leiden International Film Festival. Four or five recent films by African directors from various regions will be shown.

Organizing committee:

Marieke van Winden
Elvire Eijkman


2 December 2020 - 28 February 2021

International conference: Africa Knows!

Organizing team:

Ton Dietz, ASCL
David Ehrhardt, FGGA, Leiden University
Robert Tijssen, CWTS, Leiden University
Chibuike Uche, ASCL
Antonio Frank, De Haagse Hogeschool
Ingrid Samset, FGGA, Leiden University
Harry Wels, ASCL and VU University
Jan Nouwen, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Antony Otieno Ong'ayo, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Paul Nugent, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
David van Kampen, Nuffic
Samira Zafar, Nuffic
Michael Bollig, University of Cologne
Marieke van Winden, ASCL, conference organizer


From 2016 to 2019, LeidenASA (the Leiden African Studies Assembly) had the privilege of creating synergy between Leiden-based Africanists, later on joined by Africanists from TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Edinburgh, via collaborative research projects, research leave (temporary relief from teaching), field schools, e-learning initiatives, visiting research fellowships, lectures, workshops, and much more, made possible financially by Leiden University. From 2020 onwards, LeidenASA will continue to exist as a network of  Africanists.