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Call for contributions: a transcontinental career: Essays in Honour of Wim van Binsbergen

leopard_SMALProfessor Wim van Binsbergen is Honorary Fellow at the African Studies Centre in Leiden and emeritus Professor of the Foundations of Intercultural Philosophy at the Philosophy Faculty of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Proposed contributions to the Festschrift  for Professor Wim van Binsbergen may be in English or French. Prospective contributors are hereby invited to submit the title and abstract of their proposed contribution by April 30th 2016. 

What kind of a Festschrift do we have in mind? We aim in the first place at a scholarly volume, which critically assesses the contributions of our author in the several disciplinary fields in which he has been active, and that constructively sets out argued trajectories for future reflection and research. 

For the full description of the call, please see: Call for Contributions.

For a biographical and bibliographical introduction to Wim Van Binsbergen’s academic life and oeuvre, please see:

Vacancy: One World Youth Ambassador

Word ONE Jeugdambassadeur in een sleuteljaar 2016 wordt het jaar waarin wereldleiders het Global Goals-tijdperk inwijden. Met veel bravoure, vol belangrijke vergaderingen rond voeding en globale gezondheid. ONE wil dit jaar – naast ons andere lobbywerk om de hulpbeloftes waar te maken – een zo groot mogelijke stempel drukken op deze meetings.

Om onze invloed te versterken zijn we op zoek naar enthousiaste Jeugdambassadeurs. See:

Call for papers: Third Colloquium on the African language, 28 oktober 2016

Tijdens dit internationale congres, georganiseerd door het Gents Centrum voor het Afrikaans en de Studie van Zuid-Afrika, zullen twee uiteenlopende onderzoekslijnen uitgewerkt worden, zoals uiteengezet in de samenvattingen hieronder. De twee lijnen zullen parallel behandeld worden tijdens het colloquium en ze verwijzen beide naar innovatief navorsingswerk waarmee men onder andere aan de Universiteit Gent druk bezig is.

Deelnemers worden uitgenodigd abstracts (in Afrikaans of Nederlands) van maximum 300 woorden in te dienen voor 1 juni 2016 ( Gelieve daarbij aan te geven of uw abstract aansluit bij het letterkundige of taalkundige deel.

Als keynote sprekers zijn Prof. dr. Theo du Plessis (Universiteit van die Vrystaat) en Prof. dr. Wannie Carstens (Noordwes Universiteit) uitgenodigd voor de taalkunde. Prof. dr. Andries Visagie en Prof. dr. Alfred Schaffer, allebei verbonden aan de Universiteit Stellenbosch, zijn de centrale sprekers voor het gedeelte letterkunde. Continue reading

Call for applications: Annual Africa Summit – Africa within a Global Context

On the 22nd and 23rd of April 2016 the London School of Economics and Political Science will organise its third annual Africa Summit. This year’s summit brings together leading policy-makers, researchers, business leaders and practitioners around the theme of “Africa within a global context”.

 The research conference held on 22 April 2016, themed “Challenging Conventions”, will feature expert panel discussions on law and illicit financial flows, the politics of knowledge, and the importance of social media as a space for agency. In the afternoon, a breakout session based on research papers will be held around three themes: China in Africa, the ‘global’ land grab and global responses to gendered realities. Continue reading

Call for update of your personal profile for the NVAS website

afbeeldingPossibly, you have been a member of the NVAS now for quite some time. Therefore, your biographical details and the photograph that you sent to Marieke van Winden as part of your first encounter with the NVAS might now be outdated. The NVAS board would now like to give you the opportunity to update your NVAS profile. The webmaster will place your updated profile on the NVAS website under the heading ‘introduction NVAS members’ (‘Leden stellen zich voor’). If you would like to make use of this NVAS service, please email your updated document to the NVAS webmaster, Louise Müller. Her email address is:

Meine Pieter van Dijk

Meine Pieter van Dijk is economist and em. professor of Water Services Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, professor of entrepreneurship at Maastricht School of Management and em. professor of Urban management at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and at the Institute of Housing and Urban development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is member of the research schools CERES and SENSE. He worked on and in developing countries since 1973 and as a consultant for NGOs, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, different bilateral donors and UN agencies.

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Thera Rasing

Thera Rasing (Ph.D.) is an anthropologist specialised in Gender Studies and Anthropology of Religion. Her specialities are female initiation rites, gender, sexuality, African traditional religion, Christianity, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, community based volunteers, tertiary education and urbanization. She has predominantly conducted research in Zambia, but also in Malawi and Uganda. She was senior lecturer and Head of Department of Gender Studies at the University of Zambia and at the Catholic University Malawi, and taught courses at other universities in Zambia. She conducted research for the Zambian Ministry of Community Development, on health systems strengthening and development among community based volunteers, and worked at the Centre of Infectious Disease Control Zambia (CIDRZ), where she conducted research to develop new health systems to provide better services for people living with HIV. As independent consultant she conducted research for UN organisations and various NGOs.

Menno Welling

mennoMenno Welling (abd) studied African Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, University of Dar-es-Salaam and Syracuse University, NY. He is the owner and lead consultant of African Heritage Ltd in Malawi and African Heritage Consulting in the Netherlands. His interests are in African archaeology, cultural landscapes, heritage tourism and intangible cultural heritage. Since 2010 he has been an active member of ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM). He recently also joined the International Scientific Committees for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ISCICH) and Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL). As a consultant he is engaged with heritage impact assessments, World Heritage nominations and heritage management. African Heritage Ltd also has a tourism division which consists of a café and art gallery and offers guided heritage tours in Malawi.

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Linda van de Kamp

In February 2015, I joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. I previously worked at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University. I obtained my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam with the African Studies Centre, Leiden, in 2011 (cum laude).

My research interests are urban space, transnationalism, religion, ritual, gender, industrial and cultural heritage, and media. I conducted research in Mozambique, Brazil and The Netherlands. During my doctoral research I studied the growth of transnational religious movements in a city in transition, looking at the case of Brazilian Pentecostalism in Mozambique. I conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork in various areas of the capital Maputo, using a mix of qualitative methods. Embedded in theories of cultural and religious anthropology, urban studies, and globalization, my dissertation argued that transnational religious engagement should not only be approached as a coping mechanism in times of rapid social change. It also implies investing in socio-cultural innovation by its followers, such as entrepreneurial initiatives and alternative family forms.

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