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Empowered Africa: Creating Our Own Space & Changing the Conversation

Taking place on the eve of President Obama’s African Leaders Summit, the Empowered Africa Dialogue at Howard University’s Blackburn Center from 9:00-5:30 on Monday, August 4 will provide an alternative space where grassroots citizen-activists, scholars, progressive NGOs and community organizers from Africa and the United States will not only critique significant issues related to US-Africa policy, but also discuss alternative strategies and policies from a progressive and proactive perspective.

International Conference on International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: The ICC and Beyond 10th - 12th July, 2014

Happening now in Dakar- Watch the live webstream here

Concept Note



The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) African Peacebuilding Network (APN) with contributions from CDD West Africa and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are undertaking a joint two-phase program titled International Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: the ICC and Beyond. This programme is founded on the observation that the ICC has captured the imagination of many on the continent and come to represent for various parties either the epitome of many of the things that are wrong with the international justice system or a key instrument in the prevention gross human rights violations in Africa and the insurance of justice for its victims.

Letter from the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee (LAC)


Dear Members of the African Studies Association:
We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee for the upcoming 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, to be held in Indianapolis from November 20-23, 2014. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University- Bloomington are pleased to be serving as the local host institutions this year and are joined by Martin, Marion, and Butler Universities in this effort.  The members of the LAC have been working diligently over the past year to help publicize the conference and the call for papers to scholars and practitioners of Africa in coordination with the ASA Secretariat.  We have sought to expand participation by inviting more students to attend and be exposed to scholarship on Africa.  We have also invited politicians, diplomats, members of the broader community, and members of the ecumenical community who have provided support to African countries in a variety of ways through the years. Finally, we have been working assiduously to develop a variety of activities and events to make your visit to Indianapolis an enjoyable and memorable one. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to each and every one of you in November. 

“Producing the Common”: Dak’Art 2014 and Dr. Ugochukwu-Smooth

By Toyin Falola

It is time to commend our friend and colleague, Smooth, co-curator, and rejoice with him over the overwhelming success of Dak'Art 2014. Smooth and Dak’Art require no introduction, but as I am sending this to thousands of people some of whom do not follow this big event, I plead to art lovers and artists to forgive me for telling them what they already know.

Boko Haram and the necessary state of emergency for transforming the intractable conflict in Nigeria

by Toyin Ajao

Toyin Ajao is a Peace and Conflict doctoral fellow and an assistant lecturer at the University of Pretoria. She is also an alumnus of the Africa Leadership Centre, King’s College London and Obafemi Awolowo University. Her research focus includes: human security, conflict transformation, citizen journalism and gender and sexual rights.

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