February 16, 2017

Remembering Gugulethu Siziba


Dear friends, Dr. Gugulethu Siziba, a beloved member of the first cohort, died yesterday morning. I don’t yet have many details at present, other than knowing he was sick in the weeks leading up to his death, though I’m told no one anticipated this tragic outcome. Those of us who knew Gugu will recall his [Read More]

December 16, 2016

“Where are African scholars in African studies?” from Fellow Yusuf Serunkuma


“Many postcolonial regimes are still mired in protracted civil wars and violence, struggling economies, corruption, bad leadership, broken social and economic infrastructure and famine.  It is rather dishonest for a country whose main university could be closed for months by presidential decree, whose professors strike year in year out over emoluments, to complain about an [Read More]

November 17, 2016

Next Gen Program Director Chairs Session at Meeting in Brazil


Rio De Janeiro, Brazil—Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program Director Tom Asher participated in, and chaired a session at, a meeting that explored the creation of a new knowledge platform for Asian and African studies in Latin America. The platform was sponsored by the International Institute of Asian Studies, based in Leiden, and Sephis, [Read More]

November 14, 2016

Remembering Lindiwe Makhunga


Dear Members of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa community, It is with heartbreak that I share news about the death of Lindiwe Makhunga. We lost a remarkable friend and colleague who came through this program. She brought joy, intelligence, and impish humor to us all.  Lindiwe finished the doctoral degree after being a [Read More]

October 27, 2016

Proposal Fellow John Githigaro on Religious Communities and Counter-Radicalization in Kenya


In the post-9/11 environment, religious communities have been considered vital partners in efforts to counter radicalization widely believed to be a factor that drives acts of violent extremism. Violent extremism is considered a transition phase in the radicalization process and is marked by the mobilization of violence. One notion of community defines it as individuals bound [Read More]

September 22, 2016

Free education is possible if South Africa moves beyond smoke and mirrors


South Africa’s universities are once again in uproar. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has outlined how higher education should deal with fee increments for 2017. His announcement sparked anger and a great deal of confusion. Neither smoke from police stun grenades, burning buildings nor officialdom’s smoke and mirrors will solve the problem. We’re [Read More]

April 27, 2016

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Selects the 2016-2017 Cohort


Brooklyn, New York—The Social Science Research Council’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program has announced awards to thirty-nine fellows of extraordinary merit. Fellows were chosen for the quality of their research and its potential to deepen understanding of peace and security issues in Africa. Thomas Asher, program director for Next Generation Social Sciences, noted, “The [Read More]

February 11, 2016

Fellows Meet in Lusaka, Zambia for Skill-building Workshop


Lusaka, Zambia—Twenty-five Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellows met in Lusaka at the start of the new year to continue honing their research skills and refining their dissertation topics under the supervision of senior African faculty serving as workshop mentors. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern African Institute for Policy and [Read More]

November 10, 2015

Yusuf Serunkuma, Next Gen Fellow, Presents at The Africa Workshop at Columbia University


New York, New York—Yusuf Serunkuma, a 2014-2015 Dissertation Proposal and 2015-2016 Dissertation Research Fellow of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, will present his recent work on Somaliland identity and nationalism through poetics at the Africa Workshop held at Columbia University on November 16th, 2015. He will present a paper entitled, ” De-Imagined [Read More]

September 21, 2015

Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knowledge, September 24-26

The Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia), founded in October 2012, will hold the inaugural meeting in Accra, Ghana on September 24-26. Sixty years after the Bandung conference, in which heads of African and Asian states gathered at the invitation of Indonesia’s President Sukarno, the 2015 Accra meeting is set to reflect the considerable changes that [Read More]