Interdisciplinarity and Methodological Challenges in Area Studies: Summer School and platform to recruit PhD candidates

Deadline: 22 June 2014

Dakar, 1st to 6th September, 2014

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) call for applications for the 1st CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies. The Summer School sets out to stimulate and consolidate interdisciplinary approaches in research on Africa. It focuses on African Studies as an instance of area studies and seeks to identify themes that are theoretically, conceptually and methodologically relevant to the reflection on the intellectual challenge of Africa as an object of knowledge and its contribution to general scholarship. It is offered with the generous support of the Oumou Dilly Foundation (Switzerland)in cooperation with CODESRIA and aims at strengthening the links between the community of scholars organized in the CODESRIA community and scholars from the African Studies community in Switzerland.

Posted on May 16, 2014, 2:32 p.m., by admin

Gender, Neoliberalism, and Financial Crisis Postgraduate Conference

Register by 1 August 2013

Date: Friday, 27 September 2013

Place: University of York, Ron Cooke Hub Lakehouse


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Keynote speakers: Diane Elson (Essex), Ruth Pearson (Leeds), and Sylvia Walby (Lancaster)

This is a one-day postgraduate conference bringing together presentations from PhD and post-doc researchers from the UK and beyond. The conference examines the connections between gender, political economy, and development, with a special focus on the impact of financial crisis. Registration (full day ticket including lunch) is available for £10 until 1 August 2013.

Panel topics include:
-Feminist activism and resistance
-Gender policy in international and regional institutions
-Financial crisis, the third sector and the women's movement
-Care and social reproduction in a neoliberal context
-Cultural reflections on gender and crisis
-Identity, marginality, and neoliberal subjectivities

Sponsored by: The York Department of Politics, the Political Studies Association, the York Annual Fund, and the York Graduate Students' Association

Please see the website for more information or email the convenor, Sydney Calkin (

Posted on July 18, 2013, 11:54 a.m., by admin

DocLinks Summer School 2013, Helsinki, July 2-5

 DocLinks Summer School 2013

UniPID, in cooperation with the University of Helsinki, hosted the second DocLinks Summer School in Helsinki, Finland on July 2-5, 2013

The summer school is part of an Erasmus Mundus-funded project, DocLinks (, which aims to increase understanding and establish better links between African and European doctoral candidates and early career researchers. The summer school aims at networking African and European PhD students and supporting the research training and career development of the participants, addressing particularly the areas of training where gaps currently exist.

The overarching focus of the 2013 summer school was on "Bridging Research and Policy for Sustainable Development”, which allowed the participation of African and European doctoral students across disciplines. Under this theme, participants developed their knowledge on various issues related to researchers' academic responsibilities and roles, and the communication and implementation of research findings, such as:

  • Ideologies, politics and values: academic responsibilities and roles
  • Images of Africa: working with and against stereotypes
  • Communicating research findings to stakeholders, policy makers and media 
  • Shifting between theoretical discourse and common language

For more information please visit this link:

Posted on Nov. 26, 2012, 4:42 p.m., by admin