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SID Discussion: Understanding the Other: Religion as Dialogue

Religion is nowadays often portrayed as the cause of tension and conflict. However, religion can also be seeFlickr-lostintheredwoodsn as an adequate way to deal with polarization and disagreements. As part of the monthly debate series on ‘Understanding the Other’, this session will explore the role of religion as dialogue. What type of experiences are we referring to? Under which conditions can religion serve as a tool for dialogue? Three introductory speakers will highlight their experiences with religion as dialogue from various backgrounds and contexts. The objective is to trigger an interactive discussion, opening up avenues for dialogue and understanding.

Date: 15 March 2016
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (door open at 15:30)
Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
Admission: €7.50 (includes a drink) – free for students and SID members

For more information and to register for the discussion, see:

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Film seminar African Studies Centre Leiden ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ (Mali) and interview with Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar

This film is part of the Movies that Matter festival 18-26 March in The Hague. Apart from The Hague, the film will be shown in Leiden at the African Studies Centre. Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar, one of the main characters, has been invited to the Netherlands by the festival organization and will be present at the screenings both in The Hague and in Leiden. After the film screening in Leiden she will be interviewed by Henrike Florusbosch (Department of Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University), followed by a discussion.



CALL FOR ABSTRACTS WORKSHOP at UTRECHT UNIVERSITY: ‘Migration and mobilities in an urbanising world’

The ‘Migration and mobilities in an urbanising world’ Workshop will take place on 16-17 June 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The workshop is organised by Utrecht University (Department of Human Geography and Planning) and the Transnational Mobility-Development Network.

For more information, please see: CFP TransMob workshop 2016 revised

Nieuw rapport onethische geneesmiddelentests in Zuid-Afrika, Kenia en Zimbabwe

In de vierde editie van het rapport ‘Dirty Profits’ van de Duitse organisatie Facing Finance schrijft Annelies den Boer van Wemos over onethische geneesmiddelentests door farmaceutische bedrijven in Zuid-Afrika, Kenia en Zimbabwe.

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Call for conference panel The Nordic Africa Days: gender and change – global challenges for Africa?

The Nordic Africa Days (NAD) is the biennial international conference of the Nordic Africa Institute and it has been organized since 1999 in the Nordic countries. NAD invites panel organizers/researchers working on Africa-related knowledge production and representing the state of the art on African studies.

The Nordic Africa Days 2016 has a thematic focus on gender relations in contemporary Africa. Gender has been central in the Nordic cooperation with Africa, and will continue to be a major focus also in the global development agenda, as recently indicated in the Sustainable Development Goals. NAD 2016 wishes to establish a platform to discuss gender in contemporary Africa, building on existing research and opening new perspectives on the transformative processes lived in the continent. We encourage discussion on both structural elements shaping gender relations (state legislations, markets and economic processes, global religions) and local dynamics of re-appropriation, agency and identity creation. Theoretical and methodological research on gender with relevant reference to Africa is also welcome. The conference aims to be a venue for highlighting emerging issues and setting new agendas for research and policy. Continue reading

Schoffeleers Scholarship for Students Social and Cultural Anthropology

Schermafbeelding 2016-01-14 om 18.03.17The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology is proud to announce the installment of the Matthew Schoffeleers Scholarships for students Social and Cultural Anthropology. It concerns two grants, one for bachelor students of VU-University and one for international students.

Matthew Schoffeleers was a professor of anthropology. His main contributions lie in the ethnographical study of the Manganja in Malawi and in the anthropology of religion. 

See: Schoffeleers Scholarship final

Call for Pre-Proposals: Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

This is a call for pre-proposals, which might especially be of interest to young African posSylvanus Spencer, Freetown, Sierra Leonetdoctoral researchers. The call is launched within the framework of the Volkswagen Foundation’s initiative “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”.


The funding initiative is open to all disciplines and aims at the development and sustainable reinforcement of research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Research projects, developed and carried out by African scholars and scientists in close cooperation with their German partners, shall provide junior researchers in Africa with an opportunity to enhance their skills and academic qualifications. Special emphasis is put on the development, reinforcement, and extension of academic networks inside Africa beyond existing language barriers.

Deadline: the 6th of April, 2016

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Betty Bigombé roept vrouwen op mee te onderhandelen

In een recent interview met OneWorld pleit Ugandees LRA-onderhandelaar Betty Bigombé voor vrouwelijke inbreng bij vredesbemiddeling. Bigombé was in Den Haag voor het Clingendael programma African Women Mediators, dat deze maand vrouwelijke Afrikaanse diplomaten trainde als vredesbemiddelaars.

NVAS Africa and Technology day, report by Iva Pesa

On Saturday 17 October the NVAS Africa and Technology day was held at UNESCO-IHE in Delft. More than 100 participants attended this highly informative, but pleasantly informal, day full of various presentations on the meaning and use of technology in Africa and exhibitions of technological objects used in Africa.

report by Iva Pesa

POSTER Africa and technology 2015The first keynote speech was given by Jeroen van der Sommen, from AKVO,
a not-for-profit foundation that creates open source, internet and mobile software and sensors. He offered a good introduction to what the opportunities of ICTs in Africa are – detailing about how one can monitor water levels in boreholes in Liberia by using a mobile phone, and how this information can subsequently be shared through open source software to generate information databases which can make development planning more efficient and effective. After that, there were four parallel sessions on various topics, by Katrien Pype on technology cultures in urban DR Congo; by Sjaak van der Geest on medical anthropology; by Roos Keja on mobile phones and civic participation in Togo; and by Tessa Pijnaker on game developers in Ghana.

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