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The third talk for the mini-series "Queering Belonging," curated by Bimbola Akimbola (performance studies, Northwestern University), is now available:

Watch "Queer Belonging in South Africa" by Xavier Livermon (Feminist Studies Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, UC Santa Cruz)

Look for the final installment by Tiffany Kagure Mugo next week!

Health and Human Rights Course Oral Presentations will take place on  Monday, March 8 at 6-9 pm. Each year, graduate students from the Law, Kellogg, and Public Health  programs come together to work in teams on a health assessment and intervention known as the Access to Health Project. Headed by Professor Sorensen of Northwestern Law’s Center for International Human Rights, with assistance from Schuette Clinical Fellow in Health and Human Rights Fellow Alexandra Tarzikhan, the Access to Health Project seeks to leverage academic partnerships to maximize access to health in communities in the developing world and in the United States.
To attend on Zoom using the following link: and RSVP with Alexandra Tarzikhan (
Wednesday, March 10, at 1pm, the ISITA Dialogues series will talk place: "Black Literary Islam in the Caribbean: Autobiographical Writings of Enslaved Sufi West Africans in Colonial Jamaica, and Sufi Poetry in Guyana" by Aliyah Khan (English Language and Literature/Afroamerian and African Studies, University of Michigan). Click here to register for the event. The events are free and open to everyone, but registration for each talk is required.

The ISITA Diallogues winter/spring calendar is available here.
Chernoh Bah (PhD student in the Department of History), has coauthored a series of articles regarding missing revenues, high profile corruption, and state organized financial theft in Sierra Leone. These ongoing investigative reports (since March 1, 2020) have unearthed the biggest corruption scandal in Sierra Leone directly involving a sitting president, the First Lady, and other senior officials in the administration. On February 23, 20021, the BBC in London and the German state broadcaster - Deutsche Welle (DW)  featured the reports in their Africa Service programs. Listen to the broadcast here and visit to read the collection of articles. 
Check out graduate student Bright Gyamfi 's (PhD candidate in the Department of History) review of the book, Living with Nkrumahism: Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana by Jeffrey S. Ahlman in the latest edition of the African Studies Review.
The PAS winter 2021 newsletter is here! A PDF version is available on the Program of African Studies website. See what's going on at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, find out who presented at ASA's annual conference, see who's in the Swahili Corner, view upcoming events, and more!
Calling all Northwestern University students! Learn how apply for a Fulbright Research Award. The Northwestern Office for Fellowships is offering a series of online informational sessions to learn about deadlines, campus resources, and how to construct a competitive application . Visit their calendar and sign up for a session!

Call for submissions: The Making, Unmaking and Remaking of Africa’s Independence and Post-Independence Constitutions (Online, 23-26 June 2021)

More information available on their website
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021

Call for Submissions – Nokoko Issue 10

Neoliberalism, Militarization and Shifting Geopolitics in Africa

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Submission Deadline: August 1, 2021

The African Studies Association (ASA) 2021 CFP Submission Portal is open for all submission types! Individuals must register by April 1 in order to submit. Looking for deeper discounts on registration? Become a Member and receive our largest discount.  How to Participate in 2021 ASA Programming:

Review recently updated 2021 Submission and Participation guidelines.
Assemble a full session you’d like to submit to the CFP by calling likeminded presenters.
Register to submit to the main ASA CFP prior to its close April 1.
Become an Individual or Institutional Member for extra event access.
Participate in Coordinate Organization Annual Meeting activities.

Africa News and Events
Sakhile&Me's next exhibition, Gaabo Motho, features works by Wangari Mathenge, Mario Moore, Anike Joyce Sadiq and Lerato Shadi. "It emphasizes a sense of acceptance and nurturing from or by the place or the people close to us, inviting the audience to meditate on what makes a home." The show runs from February 4 - March 20, 2021. Visit the Sakhile&Me website for more information.
Image still from "Visited by a Tiger," 2019, by Anike Joyce Sadiq.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC now has a virtual presentation of The Block's Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.  If you didn't see the exhibit when it was at The Block Museum, or would like to see it again, visit:
More Africa news and events:

Coming 2 America’ Star Nomzamo Mbatha Talks Film’s Depiction of Africa, This Day (Lagos), 26 February 2021

Gunmen kidnap more than 300 schoolgirls in increasingly lawless northwest Nigeria, Reuters, 26 February 2021

Russia in the Central African Republic: New allies, same challenges, African Arguments, 23 February 2021

Comparing American and African elections: Perspectives from the 2020 polls in the US, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Guinea, African Portal, 11 February 2021

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: How a massacre in the sacred city of Aksum unfolded, BBC, 26 February 2021

South Sudan’s Other War: Resolving the Insurgency in Equatoria, ICG Briefing 169, 25 Februart 2021

Africa: U.S. African Specialists Urge Biden to Make 'Experienced & Respected' Choice for Top Africa Post,, 25 February 2021

Uganda Defiant As US Threatens Sanctions Over Contested Elections

A Last Chance to End Somalia’s Dangerous Election Impasse, International Crisis Group, 25 February 2021

Nigeria: 4,556 Persons Killed in Violent Attacks, Kidnappings, Clashes in 2020 – Report, Premium Times (Abuja), 22 February 2021

Nigeria: #BelikeNgoziChallenge Creates Social Buzz, Daily Trust (Abuja), 20 February 2021

A critical look at what’s missing from Muslim education in South Africa, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 22 February 2021

Italian ambassador to DR Congo dies in attack on UN convoy, Guardian, 22 February 2021

Tanzania President Creeps Toward Acknowledging Presence of COVID-19, VOA, 22 February 2021

Thousands rally in Algiers on second anniversary of protest movement, Reuters, 22 February 2021

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