News, Events and Opportunities

Image: ECAS Conference in Leiden, Jos Damen 2007

The extent of the AEGIS network allows us to capture – and post – a wide range of news items, events and opportunities relevant to both our internal and external constituencies.  This includes postings from the AEGIS Board, from AEGIS members, and from the Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs). It also includes items of general relevance from non-AEGIS member institutions. 

Besides these pages, AEGIS hosts a closed curated Discussion List, where any individual attached to any of the AEGIS member institutions may post relevant news, events, opportunities, views, and so on. To subscribe (and contribute) to the Discussion List, please contact Jos Damen:


Welcome to the new AEGIS website

We are thrilled to be launching our new-look AEGIS website. Aiming to enliven the interface itself, and substantially enhance both internal and external communication, the site has been restructured, important information updated, and a number of new features added. Visit our new pages on Teaching on Africa and African StudiesNews and Events, and the monthly Spotlight feature on one of the AEGIS members - this month it's the Centre of African Studies, Copenhagen. Read more here


Inaugural Africa Week event ‘Open Africa, Open World’

Join the University of Leeds for ‘Open Africa, Open World’, the inaugural Africa Week event, 22-24 May 2024, which aims to celebrate Africa in its promise, diversity, capacities, and excellence. Explore collaborations within academia and business and celebrate African culture in this three-day conference. Find out more on the Africa Week website

ABORNE annual meeting: ‘Resilience and Social Cohesion in African Borderlands’

The 2024 African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE), an AEGIS CRG, holds its annual meeting this year in Nairobi, 11-13 September, co-organized with UNDP Africa Borderlands Centre and The International Peace Support Training Centre. The conference theme is ‘Resilience and Social Cohesion in African Borderlands’. Submission deadline: 12 April 2024. Contact and submission: Call for papers: final_cfp_aborne_undp_ipstc_2024_conference.pdf.

Summer School: Contemporary practices of capturing violence and violent capture

With several members of our AEGIS-CRG Violent Conflict network, we organise a summerschool on “Contemporary practices of capturing violence and violent capture”, taking place in Ghent (Belgium) from 16-19 September 2024. For PhD and early post-doctoral students working on violent conflict in Africa or abroad, we are very much looking forward to your applications! Call for participants: Summerschool on fieldwork in violent environments - CRG (

VAD 2024: Reconfigurations in Africa - and in African Studies

The Association for African Studies in Germany (VAD) hosts its next conference in Bayreuth from 30 September - 2 October 2024, with the theme Reconfigurations in Africa - and in African Studies. The Call for Papers deadline is 31 January. See the conference outline, panel details and other important information via the conference homepage:

CRG African History MIASA-PAPA conference on “Sustainable Governance in Africa: The Usefulness of the Concept of Crisis

The CRG African History shares the call for an upcoming MIASA-PAPA conference on “Sustainable Governance in Africa: The Usefulness of the Concept of Crisis”, in Bamako, Mali, 7-9 November 2024. Deadline 30 May. All travel expenses will be covered. Details in both French and English in the conference call found here: Call for papersAppel á candidature.

Ghent University’s Africa Platform symposium on climate, migration and health in Africa

The 2024 international conference of Ghent University’s Africa Platform (GAPSYM17) will take place in Ghent, on 28 & 29 November, co-organized with CliMigHealthUNU-CRIS and CESSMIR. The conference theme is “Africa at the intersection of Climate, Migration & Health challenges”. Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2024. Contact and submission:



Visiting research fellowships at CAS Cambrdige

The Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge offers two six-month visiting research fellowships for Africa-based scholars from January 2025. The application deadline is 31 May 2024. For more details see here.