CHCI Announces First Africa Humanities Workshop and Invites Participants

CHCI is proud to announce Addis 2019, a two-week workshop held at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). Hosted by the Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centers (CHCI) in collaboration with the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Center of African Studies at Addis Ababa University, the workshop, happening from January 3-18, 2019, will include intensive seminars, mentoring and training workshops, and guest lectures. This is the first of CHCI's Africa Humanities Workshops, a program funded by the Mellon Foundation.

The Addis 2019 workshop will include three intensive seminars focused on re-conceptualizing Africa as both a theoretical category and a prism to examine the contemporary world. These will be hosted by Simon Gikandi (Princeton University, USA); Elizabeth Giorgis (Addis) and Dagwami Woubshet (University of Pennsylvania, USA); and Mshai Mwangola (Nairobi, Kenya). The overall theme of the workshop is “Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom.”

The mentorship and training of new cohorts of graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences will form a core element of Addis 2019. In addition to the mentorship and training that will be a key aspect of the thematic seminars, practical sessions, offered throughout the two-week workshop, will focus on publication and article development; grant and proposal writing; pedagogy and syllabus development; and collaborative research. Academic leaders and journal editors will convene these sessions, including Akosua Adomako Ampfoko (University of Ghana, Legon), Carli Coetzee (Journal of African Cultural Studies), Catarina Gomes (Catholic University, Angola), and James Ogude (University of Pretoria).

We invite humanities graduate students studying in African universities and those who have received their PhDs since 2010 and are based in Africa, to apply to participate. Applications are due by June 1, 2018. More details and the full application form are available here.