Vacancy: PhD (4 yrs) in African Studies with focus on Kenya & either Nigeria or Liberia, University of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focus areas in research and teaching. The Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth is funded by the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. The Cluster aims to figure out how to reconfigure African Studies. As part of this mission, the interdisciplinary project “African Knowledges and the History Publication since the 1970s,” which makes up one of the Cluster’s Junior Research Groups (JRG), is looking to appoint a doctoral student eager to apply decolonial and intersectional approaches to studying academic publishing, especially its place in shaping
knowledge production and transfer processes.

To suggest an alternative understanding of knowledge production than that typically espoused by academia and publishing industries, and to work against the reproduction of only a narrow slither of knowledge (typically from the Global North) the JRG will implement the use of “publication” in the broadest sense – to refer to historical knowledge being brought to the
public in multiple forms. This reflects the Cluster’s understanding of learning as going beyond formal educational settings such as schools or universities. With this conceptualisation in mind, it will/seeks to theorise the contributions of African and Africa-based scholars to the production
of historical knowledge about Africa. This will include examining dissertations, journal publications, literature but crucially also non-textual histories such as historical documentaries, television shows, and art at and around four institutions in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and South
Africa. In doing so, it approaches African and Africa-based knowledges in their multiplicity – as institutional, but also as individual and intergenerational.
Therefore, this particular project will centre the individual African scholar (a citizen of an African nation) as history “publisher.” This includes taking into account the impacts of transnational im/mobility on his/her/their ability to acquire, process, (re-)produced and disseminate knowledge. The aim of this project will be to develop an understanding of the
kinds of contributions made by professional historians representing a mix of ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations and religious backgrounds to African historiography, and to be more specific, to our understanding of the human condition. It will draw examples from scholars attached to Moi University (Kenya) and at least one other institution (e.g. University
of Lagos, Nigeria, or University of Liberia), tracing the various forms of history production they were involved in, examining changes and continuities in time and place. An elevated understanding of Swahili will be required, as well as an interest in digital humanities. English is the working language of the Cluster.
Tags: the localisation of knowledge, “bushfalling,” repatriation, “brain-drain/-gain”, North-South exchanges & collaboration.
Your profile: MA in social anthropology, sociology, literature or related fields required.

Please send application materials (Letter of motivation, full CV, 1- to 2-page research statement) to Dr. Cassandra Mark-Thiesen at by 15 February 2021. Job starting date:
1 July 2021. Questions regarding the position should also be directed to the email address above.

CFP: Medical Humanities and English Studies, Special Issue of Nordic Journal of English Studies (Abstract due 1 March 2020)

CFP: Medical Humanities and English Studies, Special Issue of Nordic Journal of English Studies

Medical (or health) humanities engages with questions about medicine and health from a variety of perspectives including anthropology, literature, language, psychology, sociology and the arts. The perspectives of these disciplines are increasingly informing medical education, ethics and practice. In the Nordic countries, various medical humanities initiatives have been created. These include dedicated centres, networks, courses and academic positions. In this issue, we aim to represent the rich ways in which English studies can contribute to the study of physical and mental health. We are open to all essays in the fields of English studies, such as literature, linguistics, pedagogy and cultural studies. We particularly encourage submissions from scholars with affiliation to Nordic institutions.

Sample topics:
1. The use of historical and contemporary corpora to study representations of physical and mental health, treatment, and illness experience
2. Metaphor and other rhetorical devices depicting physical/mental health, treatment and illness experience in medial, literature and culture
3. New sources in English studies for the medical humanities
4. Literary and cultural representations of physical/mental health, treatment and illness experience
5. Literary and linguistic methods and medical humanities
6. English studies and medical humanities in education

Abstracts due: 1 March 2021
Article submission: 1 September 2021
Publication: 2022

Editors: Virginia Langum and Terry Walker

Please send submissions to and

Life of Breath: Inspire/Expire’s website is live!

On behalf of the SEAMHH symposium team: Prof Nolwazi Mkhwanazi | Dr Carla Tsampiras | Charlotte Visagie

We are opening the symposium today with a live panel from 13h00 to 14h30 (SAST). The panel is called Breathe and the speakers are Antonia Pont (Deakin University), Gcobani Qambela (University of Johannesburg), and Jess Auerbach (University of the North-West). Please click on the link below to register for this event.

Please feel free to share the attached poster with all your networks.

Thank you for being an integral part of this journey.

Capturing Chronic Illness Digital Photography Exhibition: Call for Submissions

We invite photographic submissions to a digital exhibition on the subject of chronic illness.
Donna McCormack & Ingrid Young, exhibition organisers, welcome works in progress as well as finished pieces. Submissions are not limited by style or subject. We invite submissions from people who are living with or have been affected by chronic illness and who want to share their work. We are particularly interested in photographs that challenge traditional imagery of chronic illness, and that engage with queer, feminist or decolonial modes
of capturing these experiences.
As part of the submission process, we ask you to provide a short description (max 200 words) of the image (or images) and say a little about how your image speaks to chronic illness.
Photographs will be hosted on the project website, and the exhibition will form part of the Visualising Bodies programme at the Being Human Festival in November 2020.
Deadline for submission: Friday, 6 November 2020

To find out more and to submit a photograph, please go to:

Any questions? Contact:

Open Call: BREATH: INSPIRE/EXPIRE Virtual symposium October to November 2020 Hosted by the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER)

2020-07 Open call for breath symposium – V2

Discussions around the breath and breathing have become increasingly timely and pertinent with the coronavirus
affecting how we think about morbidity and mortality; lungs and livelihoods across the African continent; and as we
bear witness to the asphyxiation of the planet and people at the hands of the powerful and privileged.
The BREATH: INSPIRE/EXPIRE symposium will bring academics and artists together to creatively think about the many ways that breath and breathing feature in our everyday lives, during mundane times or periods of crisis.

Participants are invited to explore themes around breath – the physical processes to inhale, or inspire – and exhale, or expire – as well as metaphorical or conceptual extensions of what it means to inspire and expire.
The symposium will consist of a series of virtual events across October and November 2020. An anchor event will take place in both months and will be in conversation with a variety of other contributions including live panel discussions, online performances, circulated papers, and pre-recorded content uploaded to the Medical and Health Humanities Africa YouTube channel. The programme will include conventional synchronous virtual events as well as alternative formats.

To participate:
If you would like to contribute to this event please complete the form (see link below) confirming your participation,
contribution, preferred form of presentation, and your availability. Please kindly complete by Friday 14 August 2020. .

Diverse presentation formats including the conventional conference paper, as well as poetry, photography, film, and
music are welcome. Participants are invited to think creatively about such formats and the organisers will do their best to accommodate as wide a variety of formats and events as possible.

There are limited number of symposium bursaries available for creative professionals who are interested in creating
new works for the symposium. These bursaries are particularly for creative professionals who may not have alternative full-time employment and whose livelihoods have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

There are also resources available to those who may need assistance with data bundles in order to contribute in the

To attend:
Look out for the upcoming programme of events that will be posted on MHHA website ,

Facebook page and circulated in the MHHA newsletter.
Please contact the organising team at if you would like more information.