NEWS AND EVENTS

Social Science Research Council Sponsors three panels at the African Studies Association of Africa biannual conference

Accra, Ghana— The Social Science Research Council’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program will sponsor three panels at the African Studies Association of Africa biannual conference. The panels consist of current and former fellows from across cohorts, disciplines, and institutions. Panels will address topics ranging from the future of peacebuilding, to nation-building and the [Read More]

May 25, 2017

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program Selects 2017-2018 Fellows

Brooklyn, New York—The Social Science Research Council’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program has announced awards to forty-one fellows of extraordinary merit from university systems across Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Fellows were chosen for the quality of their research and its potential to deepen understanding of peace, security, and development [Read More]

May 23, 2017

Next Gen Fellow will serve as discussant at 8th Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa alumna Dr. Siphokazi Magadla will serve as a discussant for Professor Mahmood Mamdani’s lecture at the 8th Thabo Mbeki Africa Day at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria on 26 May 2017. Dr. Siphokazi Magadla received the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Research Fellowship in 2013 to carry [Read More]

April 24, 2017

Next Gen Fellow Receives the Brown International Advance Research Institute Scholarhip

Ibadan, Nigeria— Emeka Njoku, a 2014-2015 Proposal Fellow and 2015-2016 Research Fellow of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, has published a chapter in the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy. His work, entitled “’Laws for Sale:’ The Domestication of Counterterrorism Policies and Its Impact in Nigeria” examines the effects of Counter-Terrorism [Read More]

March 14, 2017

Next Generection Selection Committee Meeting Held

Brooklyn, New York— The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program Selection and Advisory Committee met on March 9-10 in the Brooklyn offices of the Social Science Research Council to convene the final meeting of their application process. The Selection and Advisory Committee chose 40 fellows for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Cohort year. They also [Read More]

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]

February 15, 2017

Fellows Meet in Accra, Ghana for Skill-building Workshop

Accra, Ghana—Twenty-seven Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa research and proposal development fellows met in Accra, Ghana at the start of the new year to explore the context of their work, to discuss how their work engages relevant literature, and to fine-tune their abstracts. The meeting was held in collaboration with the Institute of African [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]

September 2, 2016

Fellows Meet in Nairobi, Kenya for Workshop

Nairobi, Kenya—Thirty-nine Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellows met in Nairobi at the United States International University—Africa from August 1-5, 2016. The workshop allowed fellows to hone their research topics under the supervision of some of the most prominent professors of African Studies, who served as workshop facilitators. Fellows also received extensive feedback from [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]

August 13, 2015

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program Selects Thirty-Eight New Fellows

Brooklyn, New York—The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program has selected thirty-eight new fellows. Fellows were chosen for the quality and originality of their work in the fields of peace, security, and development as well as their potential to make significant contributions to the social sciences. Fellows from the new cohort are working on [Read More]

August 7, 2015

Fellows Meet in Addis Ababa for Workshop, Stopping at the African Union Along the Way

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program held its seventh workshop from July 13-17, 2015. The workshop took place in partnership with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies of Addis Ababa University.  Thirty-five  fellows of the 2015-2016 cohort were in attendance for the workshop. While some fellows had participated in prior workshops, [Read More]