ASCL Newsletter October 2016

African Studies Centre Leiden Newsletter, No. 20, October 2016
ASCL Highlight

Africa Thesis Award 2016 nominees announced!

The jury of the Africa Thesis Award 2016 has announced this year's final four nominees (in alphabetical order): Seun Abimbola (University of Ibadan, Nigeria); Leonor Faber-Jonker (Utrecht University); Silvana Gamboa (University of Groningen); Tanja Hendriks (Leiden University). Read more about these students' MA theses on our website. The winner will be announced on 25 October.

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Research news

Best Practice Award for research project 'Community Based Health Insurance in Ethiopia'

The ISS-led research project Community Based Health Insurance in Ethiopia, in which the ASCL participates, has won the PEGNET Best Practice Award 2016. PEGNET is the Poverty Reduction Equity and Growth Network. The prize was awarded during the PEGNet Conference in Kigali on 15-16 September.

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New research project documenting Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language in Ethiopia

Azeb Amha has started a new research project entitled 'Placing the Dead and Nurturing the Living: Documentation of house construction and terrace farming in Zargulla, an endangered Omotic language'. 

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Kick-off workshop in Bangui for research project ‘Being young in Times of Duress in the Central African Republic’

Mirjam de Bruijn, Catherina Wilson and Jonna Both were in Bangui (Central African Republic) last August for a workshop that marked the beginning of the research collaboration between the ASCL and the Anthropology Department at the University of Bangui.

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News from knowledge platform INCLUDE

On 30 September, INCLUDE held a research-policy dialogue on ‘How to make development policies in Africa more inclusive?’. The research presentations and the discussions between policymakers, researchers and INCLUDE platform members highlighted partnerships and knowledge sharing as key to achieving more inclusive development in Africa.

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Library news

Web dossier: Sport in Africa

On the occasion of the NVAS Africa Day (15 October) 'Sport in Africa', the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier containing titles from the ASCL Library catalogue published from 2010. The introduction is by Victor Onyebueke, senior lecturer at the University of Nigeria and former Visiting Fellow at the ASCL. Onyebueke conducted research on Nigerian fans of the European football leagues.

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Library Highlight: 'Du piment sur les lèvres'

The ASCL Library recently acquired the documentary film 'Du piment sur les lèvres', made by French filmmaker Laurène Lepeytre. The film follows Cameroonian rapper Gaston Abe, better known as Général Valséro, who has become a leader of his generation. 

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ELIAS Annual Meeting 2016: Treasures of Tervuren

Librarians and archivists on African Studies in Europe (ELIAS) meet every year to discuss recent developments in collections. The 2016 meeting of ELIAS was held in Tervuren, Belgium, last summer. Tervuren houses the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

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Vacature: bibliotheekmedewerker (0,5 fte)

De afdeling Bibliotheek, Documentatie en Informatie van het interfacultair instituut Afrika-Studiecentrum van de Universiteit Leiden zoekt m.i.v. 1 november 2016 een allround bibliotheekmedewerker (0.5 fte).

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LeidenASA News

27 October: LeidenASA PhD Meeting

Are you a PhD student or Junior Researcher doing research on Africa, and are you based at a university in the Netherlands or Belgium? If so, register for the LeidenASA (Leiden African Studies Assembly) PhD Meeting on 27 October!

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ASCL Community News

Visiting community members from Ghana, Finland and Germany

Four community members from Ghana - PhD candidates within the research project 'Society and Change in Northern Ghana' - are currently visiting the ASCL. In addition, community members from Finland and Germany are in Leiden for a study visit. 

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ASCL in the media

Akinyinka Akinyoade in Nieuwsuur about famine in Northeastern Nigeria

Akinyinka Akinyoade was interviewed in Nieuwsuur about the famine in Northeastern Nigeria, where the land has been virtually completely destroyed under Boko Haram rule.

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Jan Abbink on the radio about state of emergency in Ethiopia

Jan Abbink was interviewed in radio show 'Met het oog op morgen' about the state of emergency that has been declared in Ethiopia.

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Festivals and seminars

15 October: NVAS Africa Day 2016: Sport in Africa

Sport is used increasingly as an instrument for positive social change in Africa. But what exactly is it that sports (can) do and how can they effect change? Are some sports more likely to be effective for socio-economic advancement? These questions will be addressed during the 2016 NVAS Africa Day on 15 October in Utrecht.

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20 October: Seminar: 'They Will Destroy Our Wamarde': Mbororo youth dance in transition in Cameroon

Visiting fellow Tea Virtanen (University of Helsinki) explores the changes taking place in the indigenous youth dance of the pastoral Mbororo Fulani of Cameroon. The changes are related to broader socio-religious adjustments to the increasing pressure that is put on the Mbororo to abandon their “coarse” cultural practices in order to attain a more decent and modern Muslim identity.

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24 October: Country Meeting: DR Congo: Electoral democracy in the balance

Elections are supposed to take place before the end of this year. There are, however, concerns that DR Congo’s President Joseph Kabila will manipulate the system so as to stay in power for longer than his constitutionally allowed two terms. What are the likely scenarios for Congo’s democracy? With (a.o.) Mirjam de Bruijn (ASCL, Humanities), Ingrid Samset (LUC), Carolien Jacobs (Van Vollenhoven Instituut), and artist Sapin Makengele.

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Other news

25 October: PhD defence Maru Shete Bekele

Maru Shete Bekele will defend his dissertation Economic and Agricultural Transformation through Large-scale Farming. Impacts of large-scale farming on local economic development, household food security and the environment in Ethiopia, at Leiden University on 25 October at 16:15 in the Academy Building.

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5 November: Afrikadag 2016 KIT Amsterdam

The Africaday 2016 is the annual event on Africa and international cooperation, organized by the Foundation Max van der Stoel. The ASCL is involved in the workshop 'What do you see? A glimpse into everyday life of youth with a disability'. The workshop will be presented by Willem Elbers (ASCL), Anneke Donker (Liliane Foundation) and Emma Frobisher (ISS). 

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10-11 November: NABC conference 'Africa Works! Innovation in Finance'

With over 500 participants, 'Africa Works! Innovation in Finance' is expected to be the largest conference in Western Europe which focuses on doing business in Africa. Chibuike Uche, senior researcher at the ASCL and member of the organizing committee, will be hosting a workshop 'Opportunities for Lease financing in Africa'. 

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Highlight Africa

18 October: West African Ministerial Conference on Youth Employment in Africa

A West African conference on youth employment will be held on 18 October at the African Development Bank Group headquarters in Abidjan. It will bring together ministers, youth organisations, business leaders, universities and representatives of civil society to collaborate and strengthen regional AfDB member countries' capacity to improve operations and develop policies that support youth employment and entrepreneurship.

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