Call for Applications: CHCI First Africa Humanities Workshop, Addis Ababa University (Application Deadline: 1st June)

You are invited to participate in the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes’ First Africa Humanities Workshop

January 3rd – 18th, 2019

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

CHCI is proud to announce Addis 2019, a two-week workshop held at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). Hosted by the Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centers (CHCI) in collaboration with the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Center of African Studies at Addis Ababa University, the workshop, happening from January 3-18, 2019, will include intensive seminars, mentoring and training workshops, and guest lectures. This is the first of CHCI’s Africa Humanities Workshops, a program funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Workshop Overview

The Addis 2019 workshop will include three intensive seminars focused on re-conceptualizing Africa as both a theoretical category and a prism to examine the contemporary world.  The overall theme of the workshop is “Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom.”

Through art, literature, performance, and philosophy, the seminars will build on the possibility of Africa that flourished across the continent and into the diaspora during the early years of decolonization.

 Addis 2019 will focus on redefining and multiplying the images of Africa and Africans past and present. Through intensive seminars and related activities, which will include lectures, panels, artists talks, and site visits, participants will explore a range of critical positions and cultural practices. They will reflect on current and historical modes of theorizing Africa – and develop new ones.

The Addis 2019 workshop will include three intensive seminars, hosted by Simon Gikandi (Princeton University, USA); Elizabeth Giorgis(Addis) and Dagwami Woubshet (University of Pennsylvania, USA); and Mshai Mwangola (Nairobi, Kenya).

The mentorship and training of new cohorts of graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences will form a core element of Addis 2019. In addition to the mentorship and training that will be a key aspect of the thematic seminars, practical sessions, offered throughout the two-week workshop, will focus on publication and article development; grant and proposal writing; pedagogy and syllabus development; and collaborative research.

Academic leaders and journal editors will convene these sessions. They include:

  • Akosua Adomako Ampofo (University of Ghana, Legon)
  • Carli Coetzee (Journal of African Cultural Studies)
  • Catarina Gomes (Catholic University, Angola)
  • James Ogude (University of Pretoria)

Seminars, readings, and discussions for Addis 2019 will take place in English.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Humanities graduate students studying in African universities and those who have received their PhDs since 2010 and are based in Africa are especially invited to apply to participate.

How to Apply?

CHCI seeks applications for participation in the full two-week program. CHCI expects to select 15 participants from African universities (outside of Addis) and up to 20 local participants. Applicants should be doctoral students at the dissertation-writing stage or early-career academics and scholars at African universities. Interested applicants who do not fit these criteria but are based in Africa should contact Guillaume Ratel.

Applications are due by June 1, 2018, via the electronic form, here:

If you would prefer to apply by email, please download and fill out this form and email it to Guillaume Ratel, CHCI Director of Programs (, together with a 1-page description of your research project, a letter of support from your advisor if you are at the thesis/dissertation stage, and your Curriculum Vitae.

More details and the full application form are available here.

See CHCI’s announcement here:

And, for further information about CHCI:



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  1. Africa is a great continent.

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