Archive | January, 2021

Kitab Talk: “Hazine: A Guide to Researching the Middle East and Beyond” Feb 4, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Kitab Talk’s first event of 2021 will take place on 4 February and will feature a roundtable with the team behind Hazine, an online repository of resources which aims to facilitate research on the Middle East, North Africa and Islamicate societies. The event will focus on how contributors work towards supporting equitable access to research materials, and platforming underrepresented voices in academia and library and information science (LIS). The discussion and resources will be relevant for researchers working on North and West Africa and who are interested in moving away from French-language resources. More information and registration available here: Hazine was started by two Ottoman historians, to provide archives and library guides for researchers working on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islamicate societies. Since ‘relaunching’ in 2018 with Heather Hughes and N.A. Mansour as co-editors, Hazine has continued to provide the research community with archive reviews, but Hughes and Mansour have since reworked the website to be more broadly inclusive of cultural heritage workers and highlight their contributions to research, while also addressing the unique challenges to Islamic and Middle East Studies research. They hope to continue to build the site as an inclusive space where conversations can […]

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Updates on Francophone Africa

La Commission vérité, justice et réconciliation au Mali: un travail thérapeutique indispensable WATHI Debate on Quel bilan pour Issoufou et quels défis pour son successeur? Apa NEWS: Tatiana Smirnova, chercheuse associée au Sahel Research Group (Université de Floride),dresse le bilan des deux quinquennats du président sortant, Mahamadou Issoufou, et décrit les défis qui attendent son successeur. Boko Haram : La violence contre les civils s’intensifie dans le nord du Cameroun Read more on Centre d’études stratégiques de l’Afrique Five civilians killed in Algeria The defense ministry declared it is the deadliest attack targeting civilians in recent years. Read more on Forty-six civilians feared killed in eastern Congo attack Forty-six civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Ugandan Islamist militants Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The armed group is believed to have killed more than 1,000 civilians in Eastern Congo since the start of 2019 (UN figures). Read more on Reuters    

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