CALL FOR FELLOWS
|The African continent is rapidly urbanizing. If this point is agreed upon by a wide variety of actors—from media, to governments, UN agencies, development banks as well as scholars—there is far less consensus about what this process will mean for Africans. As regional and global crossroads, African cities refract broader geo-economic and political trends, often in innovative, anticipatory and unexpected ways.
Now in its second year, the AAUD will bring together last year’s fellows and a new cohort of 8-10 post-field work doctoral students exploring diversity in African cities to refine their research focus, promote professional development, and build trans-national scholarly communities. Half of each cohort will be reserved for scholars enrolled in doctoral programs at African Universities, while the other half is open to scholars of urban Africa based elsewhere.
Each cohort meets in two intensive workshops. For the 2018 Cohort, the first workshop (to be held in Berlin from September 12 to 16 2018) combines advanced seminars on theories of the urban, migration, and diversity by leaders in the field; peer worshiping of dissertation plans; professional development; and international networking. In the second workshop, to be held November 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, fellows convene to present their work and organize a seminar for the incoming cohort of fellows to kick off the next round.
The AAUD supports a new generation of scholars in the humanistic social sciences pursing research that advances knowledge about mobility and urban diversity in Africa. We welcome applicants from all social sciences disciplines, including but not limited to anthropology, contemporary history, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, urban studies, and planning. We also encourage applicants from other disciplines who engage expressly with urban theory. Applicants should have completed data collection by the time of the academy, and be in the initial phase of the write-up period. While we push for theoretical engagement, projects should be empirically grounded.
Applications should be written in clear, intelligible prose, for a selection committee that is multidisciplinary. Dissertation summaries should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts and theories in applicants’ discipline and related fields and should include a bibliography relevant to the research. In their letter of interest, applicants should specify why they wish to attend the academy, and how they expect it to further their progress in completing their dissertations.
For the application you will need to prepare the following materials:
Applications will be accepted until 31 March, 2018. Late applications will not be reviewed. Applications are accepted through https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mpgs/aaud2018.nsf/application. Please upload all supporting documents as a single PDF file.
The AAUD provides most of the travel related costs associated with attending the workshop.
The Academy for African Urban Diversity is a joint project of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand, the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town, and the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
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