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De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Afrikastudies (NVAS) is een nationaal netwerk van en voor Afrika-deskundigen en liefhebbers in Nederland. De NVAS wil de publieke belangstelling voor Afrika-onderzoek in Nederland bevorderen en actuele informatie aanbieden.

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Meeting: ‘Opportunities for diaspora engagement in humanitarian action in Africa’

Date: Friday 24 June
Time: 09:30 – 12:00 Expert meeting, 14:00 – 17:00 Public seminar
Place: Stichthage, Den Haag CS, The Hague

The Centre for Collective Learning and Action (CCoLA), in partnership with the Migrant Consortium Against Ebola (MCAE) – and under the auspices of The Hague African Festival, will hold a one-day event: ‘Opportunities for diaspora engagement in humanitarian actions in Africa’. The purpose of the expert meeting is to share reflections on the recent Ebola crisis – particularly experiences of engaging the African diaspora in the Netherlands in humanitarian action. Input will come from several presentations, followed by a facilitated and analytical dialogue between gathered experts. The goal is to outline an analysis of lessons learned that can be relevant in planning for future engagement of the Diaspora. More information.

Submissions Africa Thesis Award 2016

ThesisawardStudents can now submit their Master’s theses for the Africa Thesis Award 2016. Please submit your manuscripts before Sunday 10 July 24:00 to Trudi Blomsma, asc[a]ascleiden.nl. The winner, will have his/her thesis published in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection.

Any student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least an 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands may apply. The thesis must be based on independent empirical research related to Africa and must have been examined in the twelve months prior to the deadline of 10 July 2016. More information

International Conference: Education for Life in Africa May 19-20, 2017

Education is thPosterEfL2017e most powerful weapon we can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela

Dates: 19 &  20 May 2017 [when NVAS celebrates its 20th anniversary]
Venue: The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, The Hague (5 minutes walking from train station Den Haag HS)
Organizing committee: Anneke Breedveld (NVAS), Jos Walenkamp (HHS), Jan Jansen (NVAS), Marlies van der Wee-Bedeker (NVAS), Beer Schröder (EP-NUFFIC)
Language: English (French and Dutch on demand)
Outcomes: 1. Reviewed book with selected contributions on the theme of the conference; 2. Communiqué on the conference for policy makers, practitioners and consumers of education in Africa. Continue reading

ASCL Seminar “Where is the African in ‘African’ Studies?”

SAfrica in African StudiesThe dominance of non-African scholars in African Studies is well-documented, which raises questions such as: Why is there a lack of African scholars represented within the field of African studies? Where are the established and celebrated African scholars in this interdisciplinary field? What implications does this have? Who is allowed to speak for whom and for what reason? What validity does research produced about Africa by non-Africans have for Africans? And, can Africans not speak for themselves? Continue reading

50 years Centre for International Conflict – Analysis & Management

On Thursday June 2nd, the Centre for International Conflict – Analysis & Management celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. NVAS members are kindly invite to join in the celebrations. Stathis Kalyvas and Bertrand Badie will speak about ‘Images of the Enemy in the 21st century’. Their remarks will be followed by a public debate with the audience, moderated by Petra Stienen. Continue reading

CFP: Sahelian Identities in Times of Crisis, Past and Present

Programme Point-Sud Workshop
Sahelian Identities in Times of Crisis, Past and Present
Date and Place:
Bamako, 10-14 December 2016

Recent years have witnessed growing interest in Sahelian societies as they confront the effects of various forms of violence, internal and external, that have disrupted or modified the way individuals and groups relate to each other and conceive of self. The aim of the proposed workshop is to provoke a critical reflection around ongoing socio-political processes in the Sahelian region, particularly in Mali and by linking them to historical and political configurations that have given shape, and continue to give shape and form to the Sahel as a geographical, a political, a moral as well as an ideological field of enquiry. Continue reading

PhD Defence: Monument of Nature? Marlous van den Akker

Universiteit LeidenDate: 25 May, 2016
Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Promotor: Prof. Peter Pels

Summary: In her dissertation ‘Monument of Nature. An Ethnography of the World Heritage of Mt. Kenya’ Marlous van den Akker examines the World Heritage status of Mt. Kenya, an alpine area located in Central Kenya.  In 1997 Mt. Kenya joined the World Heritage List for its extraordinary ecological and geological features. Nearly 15 years later Mt. Kenya World Heritage Site expanded and came to include a nearby wildlife conservancy.
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