2021#2 16 December

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela


Publication of Afrika focus

Newly published this week: issue 34/2 of our international journal

Afrika Focus is the international journal edited by the AUGent Africa Platform and the University of the Western Cape. The journal promotes critical and worldly debates with Africa at the centre. It accepts scholarly contributions dealing with current trends and new developments at both empirical and theoretical levels.
Afrika Focus is proud to be published by Brill Publishers since the end of 2020.

Find out more about the latest issue and on how to publish in Afrika Focus https://brill.com/afoc. 

VLIR-UOS Open project calls

Call Short Initiatives (SI) 2022 & Call TEAM projects 2022

Short Initiatives (SI) projects are short-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams of academics and researchers. They are very accessible, particularly for junior project promoters that are eager to go for a first experience as promoter of a VLIR-UOS project.

Deadline: 18 March 2022

TEAM projects are medium-term projects that aim to explore, build and deepen academic/scientific collaborations among diverse teams of academics and researchers. TEAM projects focus on a specific sustainable development challenge.

Deadline for concept note: 18 February 2022


The Partnerships Global South Team will organise an online info session on 17/12 from 10.30-12.30. Contact Barbara.Lobert@UGent.be to register.


Open Doors Fellowship Program for women researchers in Africa

Call is open

The Open Doors Fellowship Program (ODFP) for women researchers in Africa is now receiving applications from early to mid-career women researchers working at research and academic institutions in Africa interested in receiving the necessary scientific and leadership skills to help them advance their research careers.

The program targets women scientists working at national and international research centers and universities in agriculture-related fields in agro-biotechnology, plant breeding, molecular biology & genetics, microbiology, chemical ecology, plant & soil health. The fellowship is strictly for post-doctoral researchers who must have completed their studies in the last three years.


Upcoming events

Doc Afrika - Africa Film Festival Ghent 2021

WHEN 16-12-2021 at 20:00
WHERE De Centrale, Ham 72, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association, De Centrale, Afrika Filmfestival Leuven
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/docafrika-%E2%80%93-afrika-filmfestival-gent-0

The Africa Platform of AUGent warmly invites you to this year's edition of DocAfrica, a documentary festival with high-quality African documentaries.

On 16 December 2021 we will screen The White Hell (Egypt, 2018 - spoken in Arabic and subtitled in English) and Murder in Paris (South Africa, 2021 - spoken in French/English and subtitled in French).

The White Hell talks about one of the most dangerous and deadly workplaces in Egypt. Stonecutters and heavy-plant drivers navigate through clouds of white dust, which then enters their lungs, making breathing difficult. 300 square kilometers of limestone quarries, where 35,000 workers suffer from terrible working conditions, all for the meager salary of $3 to $4 a day.

Murder in Paris is a political crime thriller that traces the motives for the assassination of anti-Apartheid activist, Dulcie September. The story travels from the heart of Paris in March 1988 to the pursuit of justice in 2021.

After the film screening there will be a short interview with Murder in Paris protagonist Evelyn Groenink and film producer Enver Samuel.


save the date: Mandela Lecture 2022

Human rights and social rights in an international perspective

WHEN 16-02-2022 at 20:00
WHERE Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and the Advisory Council International Solidarity City of Ghent
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/mandela-lecture-2022-human-rights-and-social-rights-international-perspective

At the 2022 Mandela Lecture in Ghent the following three speakers will engage in a panel discussion dealing specifically with human rights and social rights, both in the international arena and on the local level.

Navi Pillay is an international authority on human rights. As a South African jurist she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. She was the first non-white woman judge of the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Based on her personal experiences, Ms. Pillay will give an overview of the contemporary challenges with respect to human rights and she will discuss possible future avenues for local actions.

As discussants, Prof. Eva Brems and Mr. Luc Cortebeeck will reflect on Ms. Pillay’s presentation and add insights from their respective domains of expertise. They will also explore in which way a city, as an increasingly important driver of socio-economic development, can play a role in local and international human rights policy.

Gie Goris will lead the discussion.