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Africa Thesis Award 2014

Submissions are invited from final year Masters students at universities in Africa and the Netherlands for the Africa Thesis Award. This annual award, offered by the African Studies Centre in Leiden, encourages research and writing on sub-Saharan Africa and on African cultures and societies. The winner will receive 1,000 Euros and their thesis will be published in the ASC’s African Studies Collection.  Recent winning theses have described cyclone-resilient landscapes in Madagascar, the black middle class in South Africa and popular music audiences in Sierra Leone. The closing date for submissions is 11 July 2014. See http://www.ascleiden.nl/?q=news/deadline-submissions-africa-thesis-award-2014-dont-forget-submit-your-master-thesis-time .

Forward to Freedom: The history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement 1959- 1994

A new website drawing on the Anti-Apartheid Movement archive at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, has been launched at a reception at South Africa House, London, on 20th March. ‘Forward to Freedom: the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994’ (http://www.aamarchives.org) features video, documents, posters, photographs, badges and other items and interviews with 30 activists and supporters including politicians  Barbara Castle and David Steel, both AAM Presidents in the 1960s, trade union leader Ron Todd and musician Jerry Dammers. The website summarises the history of the Movement and describes the campaigns it organised, such as the consumer and sports boycotts, arms embargo and support for political prisoners, and the groups involved, ranging from students and trade unions to local authorities and professional groups.

The website is part of a wider education project that includes a pop-up exhibition with 22 display boards on anti-apartheid campaigns and support groups which is available for loan. An education pack for Key Stage 3 is in course of preparation.

New exhibition: Rwanda in Photographs, Kings College London 21 March- 30 April

An exhibition of photographs from Rwanda has opened at Kings College London. The photographs have resulted from a workshop organised by international photographers Andrew Esiebo and Brendan Bannon, which asked people in Rwanda to take photographs representing their lives, and to present images of Rwanda to an international audience. The images show economic change in the capital city, Kigali, but also ongoing rural poverty and tensions remaining from the genocide of 20 years ago.

Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now runs from 21 March to 30 April in the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, Kings College London.