Monthly Archives: September 2013

South Africa Mobile Library Project

South Africa Mobile Library Project provides free and easy access to the books for children especially in remote areas. Aiming for equity of primary education in South Africa, Sony supports NPO, South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI) to continue this project.

Death of poet Kofi Awoonor

The H-Net list server for Africa alerted us this week to the death of poet Kofi Awoonor, killed during the attack on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Westgate, a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. A tribute by Kwame Dawes on the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog offers further details.

Do you know where your PhDs are?

US universities produce 60,000 Ph.D.s annually, as reported in the Chronicle last year. In today’s article, Do you know where your PhD’s Are? Professor Dean B. Savage’s pet project to track the careers of CUNY Sociology Ph.D. graduates provides insight into the diversity of many of their careers, many years later. An interactive chart is also provided.

Kongo across the Waters

Update: Opens today! The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is working together with the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA Tervuren) to display and travel the first exhibition in the United States to deeply explore the legacy of Kongo culture. Kongo across the Waters, opening first at the Harn Museum on […]

World Bank Group Fellowship Program

Ph.D. students of African descent, particularly women, are eligible to apply for the new World Bank Group Fellowship Program. Fellows will spend a minimum of six months getting hands-on experience at World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. and will work on economic policy, technical assistance to countries, and lending for eliminating poverty and increasing shared […]

Maps of a “World of Equal Districts”

An interesting thought experiment at the World of Equal Districts Tumblr This speculative map imagines a world divided into 665 territories of approximately equal population (10-11 million people each). The logic of the map does not entirely discount existing ethnic or national boundaries, but neither is it beholden to them. The particular political rationale behind these divisions […]

Screening features Wanuri Kahiu’s science fiction film, Pumzi

The African Studies Association announces its annual film screenings for Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD (USA). The 56th Annual Meeting will feature three film screenings, in addition to the traditional video booths in the Exhibit Hall. This year, two of the […]

Databib directory of research data

Databib is a searchable directory or “tool for helping people identify and locate online repositories of research data. Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can search.” I just learned of it this week from a presentation by Megan Sapp Nelson, Associate Professor of Library Sciences at Purdue University (her Supporting Information […]

Mellon IDRF Accepting Applications

2014 Mellon IDRF Competition Now Accepting Applications The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts […]

Rwandan children’s genocide testimonies

The University of South Florida Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center (HGSC) announces a “soft launch” of its collection of Youth and Children’s testimonies during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Included are handwritten testimonies by children who were living in Gitarama Prefecture in Rwanda at the time of the genocide (April-July, 1994), and written as high school students five years […]