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March 2014
Features / Chroniques

Cry Freedom Rodrigues Island: Case for Self-Determination

Three hundred years ago, men and women in flesh and bone, were kidnapped from their villages in Guinea; trapped and captured like animals in Senegal; ripped from their families in Mozambique; herded aboard slave ships in Madagascar, and shipped across the Indian Ocean to this part of the World. Those who survived ended their days labouring like beasts of burden for foreign masters. They would never see Africa again. To the rest of the world, these unfortunate individuals lend a human face (...)

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Author(s): Alain L’Évêque  -   March 3 2014

Traveling Through Palestine While Black

In the first several days after returning from Israel and Occupied Palestine, I dreamed of Palestine each night. It was never a pleasant dream. While I cannot remember the details, I was always left with a feeling of anxiety and insecurity. In that sense the dreams matched the realities of the Palestinians, be they citizens of Israel or residents of the Occupied Territories. It also corresponded to the emotions raised in a recent trip in which I participated. Prison It has become almost a (...)

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Author(s): Bill Fletcher Jr  -   March 26 2014

Mandela: A Figure of Spectacle, a Historical Subject, and a Dream

In a recent CODESRIA newsletter, both Tandon and Ahmad describe Nelson Mandela as “humane” and “inspirational”; he “may be even a ‘saint.’” In this, and this alone, they do not differ from the almost universal proclamations of sainthood within corporate media and government circles. Certainly there are some on the far margins of rightist corporate orthodoxy (see, e.g., Rian Malan’s Telegraph article) who refuse to let go of the idea that Mandela is little but an unreconstructed and unrepentant (...)

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Author(s): Nicholas A. Jackson  -   March 26 2014

Brainstorming for the SDGs and beyond

We’ll be hearing a lot of “goal” talk this World Cup Football year. But goals are already trending in the development community, with governments, policymakers, researchers and international organisations hard at work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before delving into the highly complex but inspiring process of designing the SDGs, though, here is some background on how the whole thing started. The Millennium Development Goals In the year 2000, the international community came (...)

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Author(s): Saadia Iqbal  -   March 26 2014

The West’s Neocolonial Adventure: Africa and the Struggle Against Imperialism

Feb 21, 2014, marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik Shabazz, who was gunned down before hundreds of people in Harlem at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem in 1965. Nearly five decades since his murder there are still many remaining questions about the conspiracy to eliminate this heroic and iconic figure who was a legend in his own time and has been immortalized since he was taken away from his family, comrades and supporters worldwide. Malcolm X (...)

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Author(s): Abayomi Azikiwe  -   March 26 2014

Aventure néocoloniale de l’Occident : l’Afrique et la lutte contre l’impérialisme

21 février 2014 , marque le 49e anniversaire de l’assassinat de Malcolm X , El Hadj Malik Shabazz , qui a été abattu devant des centaines de personnes à Harlem à la salle de bal Audubon à Harlem en 1965 . Près de cinq décennies depuis son assassiner il ya encore beaucoup de questions en suspens au sujet de la conspiration pour éliminer cette figure héroïque et emblématique qui était une légende dans son propre temps et a été immortalisé depuis qu’il a été enlevé à sa famille, ses camarades et (...)

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Author(s): Abayomi Azikiwe  -   March 26 2014
Viewpoints / Opinions

Social science must respond to climate change

Climate change is not an external threat to society, but a problem with both natural and social roots. Social sciences therefore need to play a bigger role in environmental research. That is the thesis of the World Social Science Report 2013, recently presented in Stockholm. Fossil fuel emissions, deforestation, intensified agriculture, urbanization, emptying of the fisheries and deforestation – humanity has become a massive geological force. The social results are complex, and the question (...)

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Author(s): Leonidas Aretakis  -   March 26 2014
Announcements / Annonces

Codesria 2014 Democratic Governance Institute

Deadline: 13th June, 2014 Theme: Building more resilient societies: human security and risk management in Africa Date: 04 - 15 August 2014 Venue: Dakar, Senegal Call for Applications The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the 2014 session of its annual Democratic Governance Institute. It therefore invites researchers to submit their applications for participation in this institute to be held from 4th to 15th August, 2014 in (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Webs  -   March 20 2014

CODESRIA Methodology Workshop Series: Training the Trainers
Theme: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

Deadline: 30 May 2014 Venue: Dakar, Senegal - Date: 1st – 5th September, 2014 Are you a lecturer in an African university? Do you teach research methods? If so, this announcement is targeted at you. The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the 2014 session of an initiative targeted at those members of the African social research community who, in their universities, are responsible for teaching social science research methods (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Webs  -   March 14 2014

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Youth Unemployment in Africa

15 April, 2014 Programme on African Economies Date: 4-5 September 2014 Venue: Gaborone, Botswana Within the context of its effort to consolidate its work on development and economies in Africa into a Programme on African Economies, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its international conference on Youth Unemployment in Africa to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 4 to 5 September 2014. The conference is part of the (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Webs  -   March 13 2014

CODESRIA Methodology Workshop Series: Training the Trainers
Theme: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

Deadline: 30 May 2014 Venue: Dakar, Senegal - Date: 1st – 5th September, 2014 Are you a lecturer in an African university? Do you teach research methods? If so, this announcement is targeted at you. The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the 2014 session of an initiative targeted at those members of the African social research community who, in their universities, are responsible for teaching social science research methods (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Webs  -   March 14 2014

Governance Research Programme: Comparative Research Network: Africa’s changing security sector institutional landscape

Deadline: May 31, 2014 Within the framework of its strategy for building comparative knowledge on Africa produced from within the African continent, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of a special Comparative Research Network (CRN) on Africa’s changing security sector institutional landscape. The primary purpose of CRNs is to encourage (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web  -   February 26 2014

Vacancy Announcement: Deputy Executive Secretary
(Extended Deadline)

Deadline: 31st March, 2014 The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified African scholars for the post of Deputy Executive Secretary in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. This position is categorised as one of the most senior management posts in the Secretariat and the successful candidate is expected to function as part of a team of senior programme staff under the overall supervision of the (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web  -   January 20 2014

Youth Unemployment in Africa

Programme on African Economies   Conference Announcement and Call for Papers   Youth Unemployment in Africa   Date: 4-5 September 2014 Venue: Gaborone, Botswana   Within the context of its effort to consolidate its work on development and economies in Africa into a Programme on African Economies, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its international conference on Youth Unemployment in Africa to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from (...)

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Author(s): March 26 2014
Reports / Rapports

SPECIAL EDITION: Notes from the World Social Science Forum 2013

The HSRC and our partner organisations, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), presented their work at the conference of the World Social Science Forum 2013 (WSSF) on the theme, ‘Social transformations and the digital age’, in Montreal. In this special edition of HSRC Review, we present seven articles based on papers delivered during different sessions at the WSSF 2013. Enhancing digital citizen (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web  -   March 27 2014
News and Information / Actualités et informations

Prof. Ousmane Kane’s Inaugural Lecture : Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School

He is an active member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the author of “Non-Europhone Intellectuals» published by CODESRIA. * Ousmane Kane, a scholar of Islamic studies and comparative and Islamic politics, joined Harvard Divinity School in July 2012 as the first Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society at the Harvard Divinity School. Since 2002, he was an associate professor of international and (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Webs  -   March 21 2014

Social science must respond to climate change

http://www.sida.se/Svenska/Nyhetsar... WORLD SOCIAL SCIENCE REPORT 2013 Climate change is not an external threat to society, but a problem with both natural and social roots. Social sciences therefore need to play a bigger role in environmental research. That is the thesis of the World Social Science Report 2013, recently presented in Stockholm. Fossil fuel emissions, deforestation, intensified agriculture, urbanization, emptying of the fisheries and deforestation – humanity has become a (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web  -   March 20 2014

Coverage of Copper Colonialism in Zambia

http://www.postzambia.com/post-read... Report dismisses claims that KCM is loss-making By Kabanda Chulu, Thu 13 Feb. 2014 THE Zambian government must not believe the perception created by Vedanta Resources that KCM is a loss-making company that needs to be rescued by the state, says a UK-based civil society group. But Vedanta Resources’ subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines public relations manager Joy Sata says the mining company does not want to discuss any aspect of the report as it is (...)

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Author(s): March 26 2014

Nouvelles Editions Numériques Africaines (NENA)

Nouvelles Editions Numériques Africaines (NENA) a le plaisir de vous informer de l’ouverture de la Librairie Numérique Africaine (LNA). Cette plate-forme de commerce électronique dédiée au livre africain est maintenant totalement fonctionnelle. Les lecteurs du monde entier peuvent y créer un compte et se procurer en ligne les livres numériques de la quinzaine d’éditeurs africains avec qui NENA a conclu une entente de coédition numérique. Nous vous invitons donc à visiter le site de la LNA, à y ouvrir (...)

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Author(s): March 26 2014

OUR LAND, OUR BUSINESS campaign

The World Bank is a structural driver of the land grabs that is dispossessing and impoverishing rural communities across the globe. It is a central player that is using its financial and political might to force developing countries to follow a pre-prescribed model of development, based on the neoliberal principles of privatization, deregulation, low corporate taxation and ‘free market’ fundamentalism. Evidence clearly shows that this model overwhelmingly favors large agribusiness interests (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web  -   March 26 2014
Events / Événements

Young Diplomats Forum 2013

Following the success of the Young Diplomats Forum 2013 in Ankara -Turkey, we are delighted to host the next events this year in Mexico (Querétaro and Mexico City) and In the UK in London.  Applications are now open for the Young Diplomats Forum 2014. We are looking for a good international mix and would be grateful if you share this information with your colleagues in the UK and also globally. We highly encourage applications from Young Diplomats, postgraduate students and young civil (...)

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Author(s): March 26 2014

RAS TAFARI: The Majesty & The Movement

Call for Papers RAS TAFARI: The Majesty & The Movement A Symposium May 24-25, 2014 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia has always been important to the imagination of those familiar with this civilization and its status as the cradle of humanity. This no doubt is connected to the dynamism of Ethiopia’s leadership over the centuries, with mythical lore surrounding that land from even before the time of Sheba’s union with Solomon and the dynasty’s enduring presence three millennia later through (...)

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Author(s): March 26 2014

New Paradigms Factory: Nationalism and Patriotism Fellowship Opportunities from the Arab Council for the Social Sciences

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce the second round of its New Paradigms Factory (NPF) competition. The theme of this cycle is “Nationalism and Patriotism” in the Arab region. NPF aims to identify and facilitate writing and publishing by Arab activist-scholars as well as junior academics currently residing in the Arab region. Up to nine fellows will receive intensive mentoring as well as translation, editing and publication support in the period between March (...)

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Author(s): March 26 2014
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