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MA by Research (MRes) African Studies at the University of Portsmouth (UK)

We are now recruiting for September 2015 entry (full or part time) on the MA by Research (MRes) African Studies programme at the University of Portsmouth. Internationally-recognised staff teaching on the course include Tony Chafer, a leading specialist on France’s colonial and post-colonial relations with sub-Saharan Francophone Africa, and Natalya Vince, a leading specialist on Algerian history and Franco-Algerian relations. The teaching team has developed excellent links with the universities of Algiers and Dakar and also with the Ecole Normale (teacher-training college) in Algiers. All students on the course will take a 30-credit module entitled France and Africa: Decolonisation and Post-Colonial Relations. They will also do a 60-credit Research Methods programme and a 90-credit dissertation. Students on the course will be encouraged to undertake a placement in Senegal as part of the programme. The course is likely to appeal to students from a wide variety of disciplines, including languages and area studies, history, politics and development studies. French language is NOT a course requirement. For more information, please contact

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Just a few words on the passing of Assia Djebar

Prof Margaret Majumdar, Professor of Francophone Studies, University of Portsmouth Assia Djebar, who has died in Paris in the early hours of Saturday February 7th 2015, was not just a great Algerian woman but a writer and film-maker of international stature, who took her seat in the Académie Française in 2006 and received world-wide recognition and honours for her work. Like many of her compatriots, she did not perhaps receive the honour she deserved in her own country in her lifetime. In death, however, she will now be received back in Algeria with the full panoply of state ceremony. She will be truly mourned, however, by her ‘sisters’, the Women of Algiers, whose voices and words from both past and present she endeavoured to bring out of the silence in which they had been confined . Her lifelong work has played a major role in de-exoticising North African women and extracting them from the shadows of the past and their seclusion, bringing back to life the hidden histories they have transmitted across the generations. The Wassila/ Avife network, concerned with sexual violence and the mistreatment of children, along with other feminist groups in Algeria, will play a major role in the tributes […]

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