The Centre of African Studies Visiting Fellowship 2016-17

Visiting research fellowships – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2016-17

With generous support from the A G Leventis Foundation, the Centre of African Studies is able to appoint visiting research fellows from disciplines in the humanities and social sciences each year.

The aim of the fellowships is to enable the visiting academics to focus on a period of research and writing in Cambridge.

Further details of the application process for Visiting Research Fellowships in 2016-17 are available in the Application package.

The Caine Prize for African Writing

Entries for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing are now open. The prize is open to writers from anywhere in Africa for work published in English. Its focus is on the short story, reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.  The deadline for entries is 31st January 2016. Continue reading

The Badilisha Poetry Pan African Event


This December, Badilisha Poetry X-Change will be hosting a poetry event to celebrate the end of the Badilisha Road Trip. The Badilisha Poetry Pan-African event will take place on December 4th 2015 at The Beautiful Life, located at 70 – 72 Bree Street in Cape Town. It will feature a host of award winning internationally acclaimed poets from South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Ethiopia and beyond. This event is taking place with the support of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Continue reading

Urgent Appeal for Assistance to Raise Funds for Binyavanga Wainaina’s Medical Treatment

Kwani Trust has set up a fundraiser to raise resources for urgent medical treatment for beloved Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina.

Wainaina suffered a stroke on 31 October, and needs to travel to India for treatment.

Kwani is attempting to raise KES 1 million (about R140 000) via M-Changa.

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Call for Papers: ‘The Battle of Algiers at 50: Legacies in Film and Literature’, deadline 15 Jan 2016

Date TBC May 2016

University of Sheffield, Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS)

‘The Battle of Algiers at 50: Legacies in Film and Literature’ is a one-day symposium organised by postgraduate students from the University of Leeds and Sheffield from the fields of Francophone studies and Geography. The symposium will offer a transdisciplinary platform for bringing together researchers at all stages in their careers who are interested in transcultural politics, literature and film, with the specific objective of considering the legacy and the futures of the anti-Colonial epic The Battle of Algiers 50 years since its release in 1966.

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The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature


Winners Announcement

The Winners of the new Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature were announced today (12 NOVEMBER 2015). The prize has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages. The inaugural Winners are: Continue reading