Competition for Best Masters Thesis on Sub-Saharan Africa, 1000 Euros (English and Français)

Posted on 28 May 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Africa Thesis Award 2009

[Editor’s Note: Although this award is not specific to disability issues, it does say that topics should be “socially relevant.” We Can Do readers in Africa or the Netherlands may wish to consider using this competition as an opportunity to submit Masters’ theses on disability issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. I also hope that students with disabilities will compete for the 1000 Euro prize, regardless of the topic of your thesis. Please do NOT inquire with We Can Do. Instead, please consult the official award web site directly for instructions on how to participate in this competition.. The submission deadline is June 16, 2009. Missed the deadline? This is an annual opportunity—consult the official award web site for future details.]

The African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, has an annual award for the best Masters thesis on Sub-Saharan Africa by a student at a university in the Netherlands or in Africa. Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least 8) can apply. The ASC specifically encourage students from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit their theses for this annual competition.

Any thesis thematically related to socio-geographical, economic, political, juridical or anthropological issues or focusing on the humanities such as history, religion and literature (but with the exception of language and/or semiotic studies) can be submitted. The thesis must be socially relevant and can be be written in English, French or Dutch.

The award consists of a price of 1000 euros. The winning thesis will also be published in the ASC African Studies Collection. Submitted theses may be (partially) published on The Broker’s website: www.thebrokeronline.eu.

More detail is available on ASC’s website, including instructions for contacting the people responsible for organizing this opportunity: http://www.ascleiden.nl/Research/Award/

Date limite: le 16 juin 2009!

Vous vous intéressez à l’Afrique et vous avez écrit votre thèse de Master sur un sujet ayant un rapport avec l’Afrique ? Le Centre d’Études africaines (Afrika-Studiecentrum, ASC) vous offre la chance de gagner le Prix de la thèse d’études africaines d’une valeur de 1000€.

Ce prix vise à encourager les étudiants à faire des recherches et à écrire sur l’Afrique sub-saharienne, et à promouvoir les études sur les cultures et les sociétés africaines. Il est décerné une fois par an à un étudiant qui aura achevé sa thèse de Master sur la base d’un travail de recherche sur l’Afrique.

In French/en français: http://www.ascleiden.nl/Research/Award/MastersThesisAward-FR.aspx



I learned of this opportunity via the Deaf Studies Africa listserver and collected additional information via the official award web site.

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CONFERENCES About Africa and African Studies

Posted on 6 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , |

Looking for conferences that are either located in, or focused on, Africa and African studies? An updated list of up-coming conferences related to the African region can be found at:

http://www.conferencealerts.com/africa.htm

You will not necessarily find conferences specifically focused on disability issues on this page. But some exploration could lead you to conferences where it could be possible for presenters to submit papers and workshop proposals that would allow you to bring a disability dimension to an otherwise mainstream conference. This could offer opportunities for disability-oriented professionals to bring a disability rights message, and the concerns of people with disabilities, to conference participants who might not ordinarily take disability issues into account in their daily work.

A few examples of upcoming conferences that could possibly lend themselves to incorporating a disability dimension include: a November 2008 conference on research into HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis (does this include research into how these diseases impact people with disabilities differently?); a November 2008 forum for African business leaders (what of disabled business leaders?); a February 2009 conference on South-South cooperation, focused on Africa (presenters could try submitting proposals for workshops focused on cooperation among African nations focused on disability issues); a March 2009 conference on globalization and human rights in the developing world (this would be an obvious place to submit proposals related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and more.

For more upcoming conferences related to Africa, explore the links offered at http://www.conferencealerts.com/africa.htm

People interested in participating in any of these conferences will need to contact conference organizers directly, NOT We Can Do. This is obviously of particular importance for any one who would need disability-related accommodations, such as sign language interpreters, Braille materials, etc. With some of the conferences you might need to work in coordination with other people with disabilities to advocate for your needs.



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