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Growing fear of Ebola

After hundreds of deaths the fear of Ebola is growing in Sierra Leone and Liberia. One of the precautions is not to shake hands. I find that very difficult, writes researcher Susan Shepler who recently visited the two countries. Read more on Mats Utas' blog The blog post has received a lot of attention, by Washington Post and others.

Improvements at high cost

People with disabilities, all over the world, but especially if they live in poor third world countries, are often regarded as powerless victims of society. According to former NAI guest researcher Diana Szanto, the example of Sierra Leone shows that it is possible to look at disabled people in Africa in a different way.

Read interview with NAI guest researcher Diana Szanto.

Resettled for development

This Current African Issues discusses the displacement and resettlement of the Sudanese Nubians into the New Halfa agricultural scheme in Eastern Sudan. Although a lot of Nubians have since abandoned the scheme, New Halfa has also created unforeseen opportunities for internally displaced people and migrant workers and become a growing regional center for business and commerce.

Download 'Resettled for Development" by Marianna Wallin.

Who can really be mobile?

During the autumn NAI is co-organizing a series of seminars that explores the concept of mobility in a broad sense. Increased mobility for individuals is considered good for the quality of life as well as for countries' competitiveness . But in several areas , such as the academia , career paths are surrounded by a range of social and cultural barriers. Whose interests serve on an ideal of high mobility and who can really be mobile ? Paula Mählck from the Nordic Africa Institute and Carina Carlhed from Uppsala University lead the seminars .

See the program for this fall’s Crismo Seminars ( PDF opens in new window ).

ECAS 2015

Paris, 8-10 July

The Sixth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS6) will take place in Paris 8-10 July 2015 at the Sorbonne. The principal theme of ECAS 6, is 'Collective Mobilisations in Africa:Contestation,Resistance, Revolt'. This theme, however, is not exclusive. The scientific committee will also consider panel proposals on other themes, associated with emergent and more classical fields of study alike. The coorganisers are IMAF (Institut des mondes africains) and LAM (Les Afriques dans le monde).

Panel proposals will be accepted, via the ECAS6 site, http://www.ecas2015.fr , until 10th of August, 2014.

NAI library closed during summer

Closed during the summer,  June 30th - August 8th (weeks 27-32). The library opening hours.

Webcasts from Almedalen 2014

Almedalen Week is Sweden’s biggest political meeting place which, via democracy and openness, gives everyone who wants to debate social issues the opportunity to take part.

The filmed NAI-events can be seen here (all in Swedish).

Crisis and creativity

Displacement Economies in Africa, new book in Africa Now series, edited by former NAI researcher Amanda Hammar, reveals the paradoxical effects that displacement produces.

Youth and Labour

Current African Issues by NAI researcher Emy Lindberg finds that historical structures of informality and patrimonalism continue to dominate the labour market in Liberia today. The study also examines the idea of unemployed youths as particularly prone to violence.
Download 'Youth and Labour Market in Liberia' by Emy Lindberg.

Combining the old with the new

NAI researcher Maria Malmström and Anna Hellstrand are authors of a chapter in ‘Middle East Conflicts and Reforms’ entitled ‘Imagining the new Egypt’. The text deals with how Egyptian feminists in the middle and upper classes feel about their new homeland and how they combine “the old with the new”.

The Nordic Africa Institute in cooperation with New York University’s Department of Performance Studies is bringing together a group of scholars of North Africa for a workshop entitled ‘The Materiality of Affect in North Africa: Politics in Flux”, at New York University October 3 & 4.


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