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Council Update Banner November 2012

African Peacebuilding Network Launches Kujenga Amani

Kujenga AmaniAnnouncing Kujenga Amani, the African Peacebuilding Network's digital forum for the exchange of ideas and information on peacebuilding in Africa. Taking its name from the Swahili phrase meaning “building peace,” this APN platform for research and news opens with a debate on how to advance cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations in ways that effectively address the peace, security, and development challenges faced by Africa, with essays by Linnéa Gelot, Thomas Kwasi Tieku, and Paul Williams. The forum is also now featuring a research and practice commentary by Sanusha Naidu on the future of African inquiry into the continent’s engagement with emerging global powers, as well as a book review by Okey Ndibe of Chinua Achebe's There Was a Country.

In the latest SSRC Research Snapshot, “A Field for the Savage Mind,” International Dissertation Research Fellowship recipient Ginger Nolan (2011) writes about her work on the historical construction of “media arts” and about the discoveries and limitations of archival invention.

Measure of America codirectors Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps outline the long-term economic savings that would result from investment in public infrastructure like prisoner education and emergency response systems in a commentary for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a leading nonpartisan forum on poverty in the United States.

Jennifer Klot, senior advisor of the Gender, Security and HIV/AIDS Program, is lead author of "Greentree White Paper: Sexual Violence, Genitoanal Injury, and HIV: Priorities for Research, Policy, and Practice" for AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, the product of a meeting convened by the SSRC in March 2012 that brought together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, and policymakers to identify knowledge needs and gaps for understanding the epidemic's disproportionate impacts on young women and girls, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellow Reynaldo Rojo Mendoza (2012) discusses the stigmatization of kidnapping victims in Tijuana, Mexico, in a Telemundo Los Angeles news report [in Spanish]. And DSD Fellow Federico Pérez (2012) reports for the Caravan on how Bogotá’s urban renewal projects are displacing longtime residents.

Abe Fellow Anthony P. D'Costa (2003) is coeditor of Transformation and Development: The Political Economy of Transition in India and China, a forthcoming collection of essays from Oxford University Press.

At The Immanent Frame: Yvonne Sherwood uses legislative analysis to explore the modern legal standing of religious freedom in “On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief.” Also, read the immediate posthurricane reflections of scholars from a range of disciplines in “After Sandy: Presidential Rhetoric and Visions of Solidarity,” the latest installment in the forum’s Off the Cuff series.

Council programming continues to lead to the publication of critical volumes of study. Out now from the University of Texas Press is Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, coedited by Lori Peek, associate chair of the Task Force on Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, an SSRC-sponsored national effort to bring experts together in a collaborative program of research on the human costs of Hurricane Katrina. Politics and Partnerships (University of Chicago Press, 2011), a capstone of the now concluded Program on Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector, has been awarded the 2012 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize for best book on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that informs policy and practice. And the National Review highlights how the SSRC’s Media Piracy in Emerging Economies report and former Media, Technology, and Culture program director Joe Karaganis are driving a research-based conversation on US intellectual property policy.

Competitions are closing soon for Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa dissertation fellowships (December 8) and Eurasia Program predissertation and dissertation development fellowships (December 8). Other approaching deadlines: the AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop (January 4) and the Drugs, Security and Democracy fellowship (January 20).

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