ANU Africa Network Website Relaunch

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Seven years after this website was created by David Lucas, the ANU Africa Network website has been renovated and relaunched as part of a project to increase awareness of Africa and African studies in the ANU and the ACT, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The major innovation is the creation of the ACT Africa Expert Directory which currently lists 71 experts on Africa from institutions around the ACT, primarily the ANU. We will continue to expand and refine this list in the coming months and years, offering a key resource for media, government and non-government organizations seeking expert facts and opinions on Africa.

Another notable addition is the expanded directory of PhD theses on Africa produced in the territory’s universities, a solid measure of the vitality of the study of Africa in the city of Canberra.

Reviewing both directories, it is revealing to note that the vast majority of research on Africa is produced by disciplinary experts (environmental scientists, economists, demographers, etc.) rather than area studies experts. This means that the study of Africa is woven into the fabric of the research culture of the ANU and the ACT’s other universities in ways that are not necessarily apparent.

As the project to increase awareness of Africa and African studies in the ANU and the ACT continues into next year, this website will be an important tool in organizing and promoting the study of Africa.

Social aspects of educational mobility in rural South Africa


Date & time
Tue 21 Sep 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Speaker

Mr Shao-Tzu Yu, PhD Candidate, School of Demography, ANU

 

Location

Zoom ID: 813 8432 5598 P/W 276173
 

‘This PhD project aims to further the extant literature on intergenerational social mobility by using a life course and network approach to study the underlying mechanisms that shape the emergence of educational inequality throughout the post-apartheid era.’

For more details see:

https://demography.cass.anu.edu.au/events/social-aspects-educational-mobility-rural-south-africa

ANU’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) and Africa

Professor Banks Emily has been made a member of the Order of Australia, largely for her work on cardiovascular disease and on cancer. In addition, according to The Canberra Times “Her research which showed female genital mutilation was associated with increasing risks for mothers and babies was used as evidence for a United Nations resolution on the subject”. Professor Banks was the lead author in this study: Banks, E, Meirik, O, Farley, T et al 2006, ‘Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome: WHO collaborative prospective study in six African countries’, Lancet, The (UK edition), vol. 367, pp. 1835-1841.

And also she was a co-author in Shah, T, Grieg, J, van der Plas, L et al 2016, ‘Inpatient signs and symptoms and factors associated with death in children aged 5 years and younger admitted to two Ebola management centres in Sierra Leone, 2014: A retrospective cohort study’, The Lancet Global Health, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. E495-E501.

Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge’s projects include 

See: https://rsph.anu.edu.au/people/academics/associate-professor-kamalini-lokuge

Dr Chaturangi Yapa

Dr Chaturangi’s research in Northern Nigeria is available at: https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/202969

One or Dr Yapa’s  research questions was how the key concepts of Primary Health Care (PHC) applied in a Humanitarian Emergency?  She used field visits to Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) projects in northern Nigeria and Lebanon as case studies to answer this research question. “In northern Nigeria, a visit and realist analysis of a   (MSF)maternal health care project highlighted the importance of understanding the ‘context’ of an intervention, particularly the role of PHC in comprehensively addressing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.”

Dr Dorothy Ononokpono

Dr Ononokpono was a Caldwell Fellow (see https://rsss.cass.anu.edu.au/news/caldwell-visiting-fellowship-2020-call-applications) Working with Dr Baffour of the School of Demography, ANU, and Dr Alice Richardson of NCEPH, she published ‘Mapping maternal healthcare access in selected West African Countries’ in African Population Studies, 34(1), 2020.

She is also the lead author of ‘Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A
Systematic Review of Measurement, Levels and Determinants’, by Dorothy N. Ononokpono, Bernard Baffour, Nsidibe Usoro and Olukemi Adebola’,  in The Routledge Handbook of African Demography, edited By Clifford O. Odimegwu, Yemi Adewoyin, forthcoming in 2022.

 

Shirley Randell on Women’s Leadership in Rwanda

Professor Shirley Randell has issued a late invitation to a Zoom meeting of her talk  in the University of Canberra Research Seminar series today, Monday 16 August at 2.30pm
She will be speaking on Ways of Seeing Women’s Leadership in Education: Metaphors and Images in Stories of Rwandan and Bangladeshi Women Leaders

Here is the guest link to the UC virtual room https://au.bbcollab.com/guest/360f198cfebe4e58a74fb69595db0336

If you are having any difficulties feel free to ring Deborah Pino-Pasternak on 0405 253 240.

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Meeting

African Studies Drop-in Meeting
14th August 2021, 2-4pm

The last few years have proved quite isolating for everyone and particularly difficult if you are working on a continent that you can no longer travel to. In a bid to keep the conversation going (and enthusiasm up!), we will be holding a meeting on August 14th from 2-4pm.

In this meeting we can check-in, welcome new members and discuss what we’d like this space to be, going forward.

For example, would we like a monthly slot for a seminar series, where members can present work and get feedback? Alternatively, we could use the slot to provide methodology/wrting advice for students and early career researchers. Another option would be for members just to get together.

The link for the first drop-in is here:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85642343619?pwd=WlVXeGtqYmdtc2NRbXpwbmgxQkt1UT09
Passcode: 314084

Dr Kirsty Wissing’s research on Ghana

Kirsty Wissing is a recent ANU postgraduate from the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia the Pacific, ANU. She received her PhD on July 16th, 2021, although the Graduation Ceremony has been postponed.

Specialising in anthropology, her topic was ‘Permeating purity: Fluid rituals of belonging in Ghana’.

Her research focused on customary rituals and socio-religious attitudes to and uses of water and other fluids in relation to ideas of cleanliness and purity, resource control and morality. For her PhD, Dr Wissing undertook 14 months of field research in the Akwamu Traditional Area of southern Ghana in 2016, 2017 and 2019. She considered how influences including colonialism, Christianity and the hydro-power industry have affected local attitudes and uses of these fluids and asked how multiple co-existing ideas of cleanliness and purity can become politicised. Through this research, Kirsty brought local Akwamu values into dialogue with larger national issues of energy production, environmental resource responsibility and socio-political power in Ghana.

Dr Wissing has also conducted research into and managed programs about the petroleum, mining and energy industries in Ghana for the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). She is currently employed as a CSIRO Early Career Research Postdoctoral Fellow where she is researching Indigenous Australian biocultural knowledge and attitudes to the emerging field of synthetic biology as part of CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform. During her PhD, Dr Wissing was the recipient of two Endeavour Leadership Awards, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and was an Endeavour Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology and the University of Cologne’s Global South Studies Center.

Dr Wissing’s research was brought to the attention of other ANU Africanists when she was awarded the AfSAAP/Cherry Gertzel Prize at the 2017 Conference of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AfSAAP).

The thesis abstract is available online by searching for ‘Kirsty Wissing’ in ANU Library Catalogue. Due to local governance sensitivities in her field site, full access to the thesis is currently restricted. However, Dr Wissing’s research can be publicly accessed in the following articles published during her PhD.

• Wissing, K. 2019, “Assistance and Resistance of (Hydro-)Power: Contested Relationships of Control over the Volta River, Ghana.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Vol 37(7), pp.1161–1178. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X18807482
• Wissing, K. 2019 “Environment as Justice: Interpreting the State(s) of Drowning and Undercurrents of Power in Ghana.” Australasian Review of African Studies, Vol 40(1), pp.12-30. https://doi.org/10.22160/22035184/ARAS-2019-40-1/12-30
• Apoh, W., Wissing, K., Treasure, W. and J. Fardin 2017, “Law, Land and What Lies Beneath: Exploring Mining Impacts on Customary Law and Cultural Heritage Protection in Ghana and Western Australia.” African Identities, Vol.15(4), pp.367-386. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14725843.2017.1319752
• Treasure, W., Fardin, J., Apoh, W. and K. Wissing 2016, “From Mabo to Obuasi: Heritage and Customary Law in Ghana and Western Australia.” Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, Vol. 34(2), pp.191-211. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02646811.2016.1133986

ASPI Podcast on Unrest in South Africa

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute‘s podcast “Policy, Guns and Money” recently interviewed the Humanities Research Centre’s Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences, Dr Ibrahim Abraham, on the unrest in South Africa following the jailing of former South African President Jacob Zuma.

Dr Abraham’s book Race, Class & Christianity in South Africa: Middle-Class Moralities will be launched online on 30 August 2021.

Click here to listen to the podcast, which also features Dr Cassandra Steer from the ANU Institute of Space and the ANU College of Law discussing space tourism. The podcast is also available on Soundcloud, Apple podcasts, and Spotify.

Islamic Relief Australia: Program Officer Vacancy

Islamic Relief Australia is looking for a Program Officer- Local and International;
To work closely with the Program Director and Program Coordinator in developing IRAUS Programs based on our strategic priorities primarily for Australia and some focus internationally.
Ability to deliver, monitor and evaluate the programs undertaken.
To work closely with the Program Coordinator in developing humanitarian and development projects in Australia and across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and Asia Pacific; ensuring programmatic coherency.

For more information see:
https://islamicrelief.org.au/jobs/program-officer-local-and-international/?mc_cid=8fd909f310&mc_eid=aca2512739

ANU Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowships Program – “Mobilities”

Applications for the 2022 Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowship Program – on the theme of ‘Mobilities’ – are now open.

The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) was established in 1972 as a national and international centre for excellence in the humanities and as a catalyst for innovative humanities scholarship and research within the Australian National University. The HRC interprets the ‘humanities’ generously, recognising that new methods of theoretical enquiry have done much to break down the traditional distinction between the humanities, the creative arts, and the social sciences.

Our theme for 2022 is Mobilities.

Migration, asylum, tourism, transport, urban mobility, career mobility, social mobility, emotion and affect – our theme for 2022 registers the growing use of ‘mobility’ and ‘mobilities’ as key descriptive and theoretical terms in the humanities and social sciences, and offers an invitation to scholars to think about the concept in creative and interdisciplinary ways. In line with the suggestive multivalence of the word itself, proposals might consider ‘mobility’ socio-politically, physically, or mentally, as a local or global phenomenon, in different cultures and different historical periods – or they might want to investigate the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our social, physical, and psychological mobility, and the way we are likely to act and think about mobility and immobility in the future.

The Humanities Research Centre looks forward to welcoming scholars from across the world and across the disciplines as we explore a topic that will not stand still.

Full details of the application process are available on the HRC website here.

(Please note this fellowship is not open to ANU faculty or independent researchers, and as travel is strictly regulated during the pandemic, we cannot guarantee international visiting fellowships will be possible. The current application deadline of 31 July is likely to be extended, check the website for updates.)

The long-term effects of water pollution on human capital in Africa and Asia

Title: The nitrogen legacy: the long-term effects of water pollution on human capital

‘The fallout of nitrogen pollution is considered one of the largest global externalities facing the world, impacting air, water, soil, and human health. This paper combines data from the Demographic and Health Survey data set across India, Vietnam, and 33 African countries to analyse the causal links between pollution exposure experienced during the very earliest stages of life and later-life health.’

Date & time
Tuesday 29 June 2021
10.00am–11.30am

Online via Zoom

Speaker: Esha Zaveri, World Bank
 
For more details and to register see:
https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/18944/nitrogen-legacy-long-term-effects-water-pollution-human-capital
 
Contact: Ryan Edwards

ASPI Africa Day podcast

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a Canberra-based think tank, produced a special Africa Day edition of their podcast last month, including interviews with Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Gita Kamath, Kenya’s permanent representative of Kenya to the United Nations Martin Kimani, and HRW’s Laetitia Bader.