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Africa: Sex, gender and childhood

Call for ABSTRACTS for 2013 AGENDA Journal

2012-07-30, Issue 595

Contributors from the African continent and other developing countries are invited to write on the topic above – addressing the theme of Gender and - from either a research or an activism perspective. Abstracts and contributions must be written in English and in a style accessible to a wide audience. Please submit abstracts to editorial@agenda.org.za

Africa: Youth and Fitness Online Magazine

2012-07-30, Issue 595

Led by Community Media For Development Productions, Youth Fit Africa is a new online magazine featuring sport, fitness, and health information for youth, by youth. The magazine was launched with a two-day basketball tournament and fitness event with ten under-19 clubs; winning teams received a full team kit sponsored by Swoosh, and there were sponsored prizes and giveaways courtesy of NBA Africa, PVM Energy Products, and Umoja. YFA includes feature stories, youth profiles, health and fitness tips, events, and opportunities.

Global: Building peace infrastructures

2012-07-05, Issue 592

The Berghof Foundation has announced the release of 'Giving Peace an Address? Reflections on the Potential and Challenges of Creating Peace Infrastructures' by Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka. It is the lead article in their Handbook Dialogue 'Peace Infrastructures – Assessing Concept and Practice'. The article defines and narrows the emergent concept of 'Peace Infrastructures' as networks of organisations established by conflict parties with the aim of building peace. Thus, it argues, infrastructures for peace have a great potential to contribute to peacebuilding, by strengthening the ownership and commitment of the stakeholders to the conflict.

Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the Global Integration of Nursing Labour Markets

New release from the University of Toronto Press

2012-07-09, Issue 592

This study (by Salimah Valiani, Associate Researcher, Centre for the Study of Education and Work, University of Toronto, With a Foreword by Samir Amin) traces the structural forces creating the conditions for the increased supply and demand of temporary migrant nurses around the world. It is argued that technology-driven health care cost escalation, the restructuring of nursing work, persistent undervaluing of nursing labour, and concerted state effort to produce nursing labour for export, put in motion, the global integration of nursing labour markets. Please click here for details of launch events in Kenya and South Africa.

Nigeria: The environment as seen by the Nigerian media

2012-06-13, Issue 589

This book is a compilation of feature stories and news articles by journalists who participated in the media trainings on environmental reporting organised in six states across the Nigerian federation by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN). The book is an attempt to assess the quality of reports from journalists and to contribute to enhancing the capacity of members of the network and media users to further broaden the environmental discourse by opening new vistas for investigation. It can be downloaded through the link provided.

Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa

Codesria Call for Proposals

2012-05-27, Issue 586

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG) on a theme titled: 'Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa'. MWG is one of the flagship research vehicles that is employed by CODESRIA to promote multi-country, multi-disciplinary and inter-generational reflections on critical questions of concern to the African social science research community. Each MWG will be led by two coordinators who have different specializations and possibly constitute a gender mix. The size of a single MWG should utmost be fifteen researchers. An independent selection committee will screen the proposals and select those that have a relatively better quality and depth. The life span of the project will be 18 months during which time all aspects of the research process should be completed and the final manuscript submitted for publication in a CODESRIA book series.

Global: Interface: a journal for and about social movements

2012-05-13, Issue 584

Volume four, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed e-journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out, on the special theme 'The season of revolution: the Arab Spring' with a special section 'A new wave of European mobilizations?' This issue of Interface includes 403 pages and 31 pieces in English, Catalan and Spanish, by authors writing from/about Australia, Canada, Catalunya, Dubai, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the US among other countries.

Green China: Chinese insights on environment and development

2012-04-16, Issue 581

China’s economic transformation over three decades has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. But impressive economic growth rates in the world’s largest country have come with heavy environmental costs. The air in many of China’s major cities is the most polluted in the world. The water in many major Chinese rivers is unfit for irrigation. Soils in key agricultural regions are contaminated by heavy metals. Scarce arable land and water resources and important biodiversity are being lost. China’s carbon and nitrous oxide emissions are having serious impacts both in China and at a global scale.

African and Black Diaspora: an international journal

Call for Papers

2012-04-23, Issue 581

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal are pleased to announce a special issue on 'There are no Blacks in Argentina.': Policing the Racial Border to explore the hidden and invisible history of Blacks and the ways in which racial ideology and practice have erased the presence and memory of the African descendant populations while valorizing whiteness in Argentina. While a number of critical works have began to uncover the presence of African descendant populations in Argentina, this topic remains under theorized.

Shifting the geography of reason IX: racial capitalism and the creole discourses of native Indo, Afro, and Euro-Caribbeans

Call for Papers

2012-04-23, Issue 581

For its ninth annual meeting, the CPA now invites the submission of papers and panels that will engage various aspects of this question of regional race/ethnic change or stability as a result of major tremors and aftershocks in the capitalist world economy.

Beyond the BRICs: alternative strategies of influence in the global politics of development

2012-04-23, Issue 581

This special issue is the culmination of an ESRC-funded research project to examine the impact of rising powers on the global politics of development. The research has identified a second tier of rising powers beyond the much-studied BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China), including Turkey, South Africa, South Korea and Mexico, that will play a critical role in future politics of development.

The African Anthropologist: special issue on sexuality

Call for Articles

2012-04-23, Issue 581

The African Anthropologist is the official journal of the Pan-African Anthropological Association. It is published biannually by CODESRIA on behalf of the Association. The journal is planning to produce a special issue focusing on ‘sexuality’. We hereby invite contributions on various aspects of sexuality.

Global: Race and class re-appraises Malcolm X at Oxford Union

2012-03-22, Issue 578

A new issue of Race & Class features an article on 'Malcolm X at the Oxford Union' in 1964. Saladin M. Ambar, who examines Malcolm's speech and the context in which it was given, reveals a key change in Malcolm's thinking on nationalism in response to the call for decolonisation in Africa and the extension of human rights to other marginalised groups throughout the world.

Africa: Before we set sail

2012-03-19, Issue 576

'Before We Set Sail' is about the eventful journey of an eleven year old African slave boy within the deep interiors of West Africa in the years 1755-56. Written by 'himself' as a freed slave resident in London in 1796, the narrative focuses on the thrilling adventures he encountered during the time he spent as a boy slave in West Africa prior to being sold to British slave merchants.

Africa: Actualizing Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

Nokoko call for submissions

2012-03-05, Issue 572

Submissions are invited from researchers, activists, academics, and development practitioners. Young professionals from Africa and the Diaspora are particularly encouraged to submit papers that advance new perspectives and approaches.

Global: The Journal of Peace Research

Special issue on climate change

2012-02-20, Issue 570

The Journal of Peace Research has published a special issue on climate change and conflict that constitutes the largest collection of peer-reviewed writings on the topic to date. The research covered in the journal includes: - The publics' concern for global warming: A cross-national study of 47 countries - African range wars: Climate, conflict, and property rights - Climate change, rainfall, and social conflict in Africa - Come rain or shine: An analysis of conflict and climate variability in East Africa - Climate change, violent conflict and local institutions in Kenya's drylands - Climate clashes? Weather variability, land pressure, and organized violence in Kenya, 1989-2004 - Does climate change drive land-use conflicts in the Sahel? - Climate variability, economic growth, and civil conflict - Civil war, climate change, and development: A scenario study for sub-Saharan Africa - Climate-related natural disasters, economic growth, and armed civil conflict - Don't blame the weather! Climate-related natural disasters and civil conflict - Could climate change precipitate peace? - Climate change and the institutional resilience of international river basins - Weathering climate change: Can institutions mitigate international water conflict? - Climate change and international water conflict in Central Asia - Climate change and security in the Israeli-Palestinian context.

Global: Latest issue of Corporate Watch Magazine available

Housing Crisis?

2012-02-20, Issue 570

This edition deals with the housing crisis and includes the following articles: - The Neoliberal Project, Privatisation and the Housing Crisis - Housing Associations: Privatisation Via Not-For-Profits - Housing Profiteers and their Facilitators & ...

Egypt: Tweets from Tahrir

2012-02-08, Issue 569

The rapid pace and intensity of emotion during last years’ revolutionary 18 days in Egypt is reflected in this collection of tweets from key activists of the time, who became known internationally as a result. 'Tweets from Tahrir' is the story of Egypt’s revolution told through the twitter feeds of a handful of activists, now international names as the intense interest that surrounded the uprising propelled them onto the world stage.

Book reviews for Interface: a journal for and about social movements

2012-02-13, Issue 569

Interface journal is seeking additional book reviewers for its upcoming publication. Our list of 'books offered for review' are here: http://www.interfacejournal.net/submissions/book-reviews/ ...

Africa Media Review 2012 Special Issue

Media and Gender in Africa

2012-02-13, Issue 569

In November last year CODESERIA held its annual Gender Symposium in Cairo, Egypt on the theme 'Gender and the Media in Africa', opening up a much needed platform on which gender and media scholars could renew reflection on the multi-faceted connec...

Nokoko Journal Volume 2 now available

2012-02-12, Issue 569

The Institute of African Studies journal Nokoko, Volume 2, is available. It includes: - Editorial Note: The Front Lines and the Margins of a Global Anti-Poverty Movement Toby Moorsom - Economics of Afro-Pessimism: The Economics of Perception in African Foreign Direct Investment Victoria Schorr - Beyond an Epistemology of Bread, Butter, Culture and Power: Mapping the African Feminist Movement Sinmi Akin-Aina - Designed Disempowerment and Hegemonic Benevolence: A critical analysis of individual behavior change HIV/AIDS prevention programming in Sub-Saharan Africa Imara Ajani Rolston - “Something Ironic Happened on the Way to the Black Revolution”: The Politics and Power of Definition and Identity Construction within the Historiography of the African Diaspora Leslie Wells - Indian Hair, the After-Temple-Life: Class, Gender and Race Representations of the African American Woman in the Human Hair Industry W. R. Nadège Compaoré - Two Cities: Guangzhou / Lagos Wendy Thompson Taiwo

Africa: Understanding the impact of genetically modified crops in Africa

2012-02-01, Issue 568

This handbook from the African Centre for Biosafety will enable readers to: 1. Know the field and articulate your position; 2. Familiarise yourself with the regulatory issues; 3. Identify your allies; 4. Interact with the process; 5. Keep the pr...

Global: Guide to the ins and outs of the financial sector

2012-01-29, Issue 567

Corporate Watch has announced the publication of a clear and concise, 24-page 'Nuts & Bolts' Guide to the ins and outs of the financial sector. From hedge funds to the money markets and derivatives, all of the major players and products are broken do...

African Agenda: Issue Vol. 14 No. 4

Special joint edition with Pambazuka News

2012-01-18, Issue 566

This edition of African Agenda published by Third World Network-Africa in collaboration with Pambazuka News examines the Durban climate change conference in November....

Global: Race and Food

Journal Exposes the Racial Structure of the Food System

2012-01-16, Issue 565

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Center for New Community, and Indiana University Press have announced the publication of 'Food Justice', a new issue of the journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts that e...

Call for papers: Special issue on human rights in Africa

Vienna Journal of African Studies

2011-12-21, Issue 563

The journal 'Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien/Vienna Journal of African Studies' is preparing a special issue on human rights in Africa to appear in fall/winter 2012 (Stichproben No 23/2012) and invites anyone interested in...

Journal of Conflictology

2011-12-19, Issue 563

On the occasion of this years' elections in Nigeria, the issue opens with an interview delivered by the Nigerian political scientist Sadeeque Abubakar Abba. The second contribution by Ubong Essien Umoh and Idara Godwin Udoh employs linguistic theory ...

No REDD Papers: Vol. 1

Global Justice Ecology Project

2011-11-20, Issue 558

Global Justice Ecology Project has just published the No REDD Papers, Volume 1. 'Your future, our climate and Indigenous Peoples are threatened by a devious false solution to climate change called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Fores...

Global: Celebrating Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela: past, present and future

2011-11-21, Issue 558

The aim of this policy brief is to argue that the celebration of only the ‘positive’ aspects of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela’s persona is an injustice to his contribution to South Africa history. What should rather be celebrated is Madiba in his totalit...

Veneration and Struggle: Commemorating Frantz Fanon

The Journal of Pan-African Studies

2011-11-14, Issue 557

This issue includes: - The 50th Anniversary of Fanon: Culture, Consciousness and Praxis - Frantz Fanon: Existentialist, Dialectician, and Revolutionary - Revisiting Fanon, From Theory to Practice: Democracy and Development in Africa - Hegel and F...

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