Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Invitation to the General Meeting on Thursday 29/09/2016

Dear members and friends,
On behalf of Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN), we welcome our members and friends within the University and beyond into 2016/2017 academic session. We also appreciate your support so far on our successful past events. We count on your support in the new session towards the success of our scheduled events, especially on the questions that beg for answers concerning the African state of affairs in its multidimensionality.

To commence our activities in the new session, we are pleased to invite all our members and friends, both the staff and the students to our general meeting that is coming up next week. The meeting is scheduled as follows:

   Invitation to DARN's General Meeting
Date:     Thursday, 29th September, 2016
Venue:  Dalhousie Building; Room 1G10,
                 University of Dundee
Time:     4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The meeting will focus on various important issues including the following: Report on DARN activities in the last year, DARN's online presence - presentation of DARN's logo for, and DARN's annual events/ projects.
We look forward to welcoming you to this fascinating deliberative session.
Please, share this with your colleagues.

Thank you.



Thursday, 15 September 2016

Welcome to DARN


Established in June 2015, DARN is an acronym for Dundee Africa Research Network. The inspiration for DARN is the consolidation of the African presence in Dundee by creating a forum for multidisciplinary research on Africa. As we know, networking among researchers in related fields or areas of study provides an intellectually stimulating forum for established scholars, early career researchers, students, policy makers, and civil society actors. Also, generally, it includes people who have an interest in such research. Considering the number of African students and researchers on different areas of African studies within Dundee and environs, DARN brings out the best of African research through regular interactive events concerning topical issues on Africa with their global implications. DARN is taking its place within the University research community and this enhances the drive for internationalisation in African research generally. 


  To consolidate the presence of Africa in Dundee by providing an avenue for the promotion of multidisciplinary research on Africa. This includes politics, governance, African integration, security, energy economics, extractive industry issues, oil and gas, history and literature, gender and human rights, law, trafficking in persons, migration, transnational organised crime, African traditional medicine, development and Africa’s international relations.

   To establish Dundee as a centre for serious engagement on African issues by attracting experts on relevant and critical African questions of development in their multidimensionality.

  To serve as a network for engaging  African students studying in Dundee and environs to promote regional and specific national events relating to Africa regional organisations   as well as understanding the role of  African citizens in sub-regional economic development initiatives, African Union Agenda 2063 and the sustainable development goals for Africa. 
How DARN engages you
  Meetings usually take place monthly or from time to time as events determine

  Provides opportunities to network with researchers and experts in various fields.

Deliberative Sessions and Talks

We hold deliberative sessions and talks— these form a core part of DARN’s philosophy of brainstorming. These are participatory and attract very insightful views from discussants and attendees. Often, people meet others who have similar research interests and offer networking opportunities and advice. Some of our past events, which have been attended by African and non-African researchers from various disciplines, include discussions on:
‘Researching Africa In and Outside Africa:  Reflections on PhD Journeys in the UK’
Speakers:  Ismail Soile, PhD. and Howard S. Chitengi, PhD. (University of Dundee)
“Africa and the International Criminal Court: Afrexit or Afremain?”
Speaker: (Dr. Patrick Tom, University of St Andrews).