Call for Applications: 5TH CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies

For their 5th Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Centre for African Studies in Basel (CASB) are accepting applications.

The Summer School is obtainable with the generous support of the Oumou Dilly Foundation (Switzerland) in cooperation with CODESRIA and aims at strengthening the links between the CODESRIA community of scholars and scholars from the African Studies community in Switzerland.

The Summer School’s overall goal is to encourage and solidify interdisciplinary approaches to study Africa, as well as other parts of the world, that they conduct from within the African continent. It focuses on African Studies as an example of area studies and aims to identify theoretically, conceptually, and methodologically relevant themes for reflection on the intellectual challenge of Africa as an object of knowledge and its contribution to general scholarship, as well as the relevance of the findings to African approaches to other regions.

The goals of the Summer School are the following:

  • Give PhD students and emerging scholars the opportunity to engage critically with new theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in African Studies and enhance the relevance of the methods to their work under the guidance of senior scholars.
  • Encourage PhD students and emerging scholars to reflect on the potential relevance of knowledge on Africa to the task of improving theoretical, conceptual, and methodological tools both in the disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary work.
  • Foster among PhD students and emerging scholars a sense of belonging to a community of scholars in pursuit of knowledge and scholarship.
  • Stimulate emerging scholars to work towards carving a space for African Studies in the broader field of scholarship and, in this way, help African Studies to claim a place right at the center of knowledge production.
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Duration: 5 days


Participants from African institutions will be supplied with transportation, lodging, and meals throughout the Summer School.


  • The 5th CODESRIA/ZASB Summer School seeks applications from doctoral students interested in exploring the existing issues as part of a larger framework for engaging with methodological challenges in African Studies.
  • The Summer School is open to PhD students and emerging scholars enrolled and working at Higher Education institutions in any country.
  • Applications from PhD students registered in African and Swiss universities and in the following disciplines are highly welcome: Social Anthropology, Sociology, History, Religion, Philosophy, Gender studies, and Political science.

Application Process

 Interested applicants should submit an application with the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from the candidate’s institution of affiliation
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport
  • A letter of motivation with a clear statement on how they approach the challenge of “objectivity” in the social sciences and humanities
  • A five-page concept paper that should highlight:

(a) what they are working on

(b) how their work relates to the theme of the Summer School;

(c) their expectations from the Summer School should they be selected.

To apply for the 5TH CODESRIA/CASB, click here.

Deadline: June 30, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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