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8th Cadbury Workshop Programme and Conference 2011

November 17, 2010

The Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, announces the theme for the

8th Cadbury Workshop Programme and Conference

to be held in Spring 2011. This year’s theme is:

Women and Inequality/ies in the C21: African Experiences

The Centre (www.cwas.birmingham.ac.uk) invites applications from appropriately qualified young Africans to participate in and contribute to the 2011 Cadbury Fellows’ Workshop and Conference, which will focus on the persistent inequalities in lives and life-chances faced by African women in Africa. It is anticipated that key themes will be the inequalities and problems for women and girls because of gendered disadvantages: in the home; in the workplace; in education and training; in political arenas; with respect to cultural attitudes, representations and expectations …. not only descriptions of these inequalities, but their critical analysis and the suggestions for pointers for change.

Two or three visiting fellows from Africa will be chosen to participate in a ten-week schedule of seminars, discussion groups, and other activities. The workshop period will culminate in an international conference to be held in mid to late May, 2011. We are looking for young African scholars who should be in the early stages of their academic careers and based in an institution on the African continent. They should have a PhD or be close to completing one. In Birmingham, the fellows will have full access to the University’s excellent library and on-line resources, discuss their work with academic staff at CWAS, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department by participating in academic and cultural events here. The leader of the 2011 workshop will be Dr Lynne Brydon.

Fellowships will cover return air-fare, and accommodation and living costs for a period of about two months. If you would like to be considered for a fellowship, please:
1) ensure that you can get away for up to two months in from late March to May 2011;
2) send a research project description of not more than 1000 words on a theme related to gender inequalities in African contexts, showing what research you have already done, where you are in the writing process and what you would work on during the fellowship;
3) send a short c.v. (not more than 3 pages).

Applications can be sent by e-mail to l.brydon@bham.ac.uk or by mail to Dr Lynne Brydon, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, England, and should reach us by Friday 10th December, 2010, at the latest.

The Interdisciplinary Conference which concludes the Cadbury Fellows’ Workshop will be held in Birmingham, probably from 10th – 14th May, 2011. This event is also open to other participants, who should seek support from their own institutions to attend. Enquiries about the conference and expressions of interest in participating should be directed to Dr Brydon at the above address.