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China-Africa Knowledge Project Launches Digital Hub

Announcing the China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub, a one-stop shop for researchers and practitioners working on the China-Africa relationship. The primary platform for the emerging work of the Council’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, this new website will actively build generative connections between scholars across disciplines and regions while organizing a growing and fragmented body of knowledge and connecting it to important trends in the social sciences relevant for understanding Africa’s new international relations. In this initial phase, the CAKP Hub provides information on research centers and institutions working in the China-Africa space, features key researchers and their work, maintains a rolling list of useful online resources, and collects information on upcoming conferences, calls for papers, and other happenings. As host to the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network, it also widens the reach of existing cross-regional communities. In due course, the hub will offer a database of China-Africa scholars, a moderated digital forum for timely discussion of China-Africa events and findings, and a virtual research forum for graduate students.

Initiated in June 2013, the China-Africa Knowledge Project comprises a multiyear, multifaceted program of activities designed to deepen understanding of China’s expanding engagement with the African region and situate emergent scholarship on China and Africa within broader scholarly and policy discourses about ongoing global transformations. The CAKP aims to accomplish its objectives through various institutional collaborations and by developing a series of web-based resources and activities across three streams of work: the Working Group on China-Africa, the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network, and activities on China, Africa, and the UN. The project is funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, with supplemental support through the SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.

In Council News

New SSRC initiatives are set to explore Anxieties of Democracy, The Decent City, and Scholarly Borderlands. In incubating new initiatives, the Council works by assessing existing states of knowledge, appraising where attention might best be deployed, and convening exploratory gatherings to sharpen the central questions around which to design and animate new work.

A series of public conversations on Anxieties of Democracy, presented with the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and moderated by SSRC president Ira Katznelson, opened with “Why Is America So Polarized?,” with Nolan McCarty and Nathaniel Persily, followed by “Why Can’t Congress Govern?,” with Sarah Binder and Frances Lee [video available for both events].

The Education Research Program commenced a Measuring College Learning Project to engage faculty in academic and policy conversations on the quality of undergraduate education.

The Drugs, Security and Democracy Program released the first in a series of DSD Working Papers on Research Security: “Qualitative Research in Dangerous Places: Becoming an ‘Ethnographer’ of Violence and Personal Safety,” by Daniel M. Goldstein [PDF available].

In the latest SSRC Research Snapshot, International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Rishad Choudhury (2012) shares his discoveries on the historical development of the term Hindi in Ottoman Turkey: “‘Hindis’ in Istanbul: Field Notes on the Making of an Archival Subject.”

Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy, directors of the 2009 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship research field Empires of Vision, located at the intersection of the cross-disciplinary fields of colonial and postcolonial studies and visual culture, have a new edited volume coming out of that work and their collaborative inquiry with DPDF fellows: Empires of Vision: A Reader (Duke University Press).

President Ira Katznelson's book Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time was selected to receive the 2014 Bancroft Prize, recognizing innovative and rigorous scholarship in the areas of American history and diplomacy.

Measure of America codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps participated in an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development workshop in Morelos, Mexico, aimed at developing a well-being index to serve as a basis for evaluating public policies in the state [in Spanish].

Jonathan VanAntwerpen, director of the programs on Religion and the Public Sphere and Digital Culture, gave a keynote address at a University of Bern conference on interdisciplinary reflections on Charles Taylor's conception of the secular: “Standing in the Open Space: Secularity, Doxa, and the Immanent Frame.”

Religion and the Public Sphere editorial and program associate Wei Zhu reviewed the groundbreaking new comic Ms. Marvel for Religion Dispatches magazine: “Muslim, Immigrant, Teenager . . . Superhero: How Ms. Marvel Will Save the World.”

From Our Forums

With six members of the Economic Community of West African States preparing to enter an election period fraught with the risk of violent crisis, Gilles Olakounlé Yabi examines this critical moment for political and economic stability in a two-part essay for African Futures: “Anxieties of West African Democracy” [also available in the original French].

At Kujenga Amani, Meron Tesfamichael reflects on South Sudan and the complications of peacebuilding through state building, while Richard Akum questions whether media coverage of the current crisis in the Central African Republic is conflating form with substance. Olabanji Akinola writes on Nigeria and “Refilling the Vacuum: Responding to the Boko Haram Insurgency."

Reverberations celebrates its first anniversary with a look at the forum’s past and forthcoming reflections on the practice of prayer and its many incarnations and implications. Amos Young contributes the third part in his series on “Praise, Pentecostalism, and the Political: Renewing the Public Square,” and Ari Y. Kelman records vinyl’s “Inner Grooves.”

At The Immanent Frame, “Political Islam Becomes Less Political,” by Nathan J. Brown, leads off a new discussion on the future of Egyptian democracy. The Beyond Critique series on theoretical and methodological choices in the study of religion closes with “‘After the Shipwreck’: Interpreting Religion in International Relations,” by Gregorio Bettiza.

On Deadline

Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty
Applications Due: April 15

Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop
Applications Due: May 1