Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

CODESRIA Newsletter

August 16 2017

Methodology Workshop for North Africa (Oran, Algeria)

CODESRIA’s 2014 Methodology Workshop for North Africa was held in Oran, Algeria from January 12 to 16, 2015. The workshop involved 42 participants and 3 resource persons from Northern African countries.

February 4 2015

Methodology Workshop for East and Southern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)

Nairobi, Kenya hosted the 2015 Methodology Workshop for East and Southern Africa from January 26 to 30, 2015. The workshop had 15 participants and 3 resource persons from Eastern and Southern African countries. The Council’s Methodology Workshops complement its writing workshops in providing junior researchers with skills in qualitative and quantitative...

February 4 2015

Remy M. Maisel: ‘Je ne suis pas exactement Charlie’

The terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has resulted in widespread condemnation of the violent suppression of free speech, as well as general support for the concept of satire. But while it is right that our disapproval of violence be unconditional, perhaps Charlie Hebdo’s particular brand of satire should be examined before...

February 4 2015

Gary Younge: ‘Charlie Hebdo: The danger of polarized debate’

In times of crisis, those who would like us to keep just one idea in our heads at any one time are quick to the megaphones. By framing events in Manichean terms – dark versus light; good versus evil – an imposed binary morality seeks to corral us into crude camps. There are no dilemmas, only declarations. What some lack in complexity they make up for in...

February 4 2015

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Charlie Hebdo: Some tough quandaries’

The heinous nature of the crime against the journalists and cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo makes it extremely difficult to offer a cool-headed analysis of what is entailed in this barbaric act, its context and precedents, as well as its impact and future repercussions. Still an analysis is urgently needed, lest we fan the flames of a fire that one of...

February 4 2015

Abdul Karim Bangura: ‘Charlie Hebdo: Insulting Prophet Muhammad is an affront to Africans and people of African descent everywhere’

"Today, the African flavor to Islamic practices is evident in the Americas, the Caribbean, and many European countries with significant concentrations of African Muslims and those of African descent." Before I make the case for why insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is an affront to Africans and people of African descent everywhere, it behooves me to...

February 4 2015

Mahmood Mamdani: ‘Charlie Hebdo cartoons are bigoted’

Blasphemy involves critiquing a tradition from within, of which Islam has had a long and honourable history (Ijtihad), says renowned academic Mahmood Mamdani. Back with a Prophet Mohammed cartoon on its cover, Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, has resolved to take on Islamic fundamentalists, after a terror attack on its office premises in...

February 4 2015

Karima Bennoune: ‘Charlie Hebdo: There is no way they will make us put down our pens’

Pen against Kalashnikov: courage against atrocity. People of Muslim heritage call for combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation. We are all Charlie! To those who attacked Charlie Hebdo yesterday shouting “Allahu Akbar,” I would like to say that your kind of God - a God of Hate and Murder - is not Great. Nor is that God the...

February 4 2015


On behalf of the Executive Committee, Scientific Committee, Executive Secretariat and all of the staff of the CODESRIA Secretariat, the editorial team wishes to extend its best wishes for a wonderful 2015 to all of the Council’s members and friends of good will. Kindly find Executive Secretary’s message here. 2015 has special significance for CODESRIA...

February 4 2015

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