The Humanities Call: Meaning-making Research Initiatives (MRI) programme is a grant programme of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is issuing this special call for proposals because of the peculiar challenges that teaching and research in the Humanities are encountering in African universities today.
It is also motivated by the important contributions that scholarship in the Humanities can make to our understanding of Africa and efforts to construct African futures.
CODESRIA seeks projects that broach new and interesting questions and employs innovative methods to address these issues.
Projects that address important social challenges on the continent and that are rooted in conversations between the Humanities and other fields of knowledge like the social and natural sciences are strongly encouraged.
Work that examines on the status and importance of the Humanities in society and reflects on how to develop humanities teaching and research in universities are also encouraged.
MRIs under this special call should be groups of researchers from one country or multiple countries. Each group should have between 3 and 5 members and should take into account CODESRIA’s core principles of gender, linguistic, intergenerational, interdisciplinary diversity. All members of a group should have a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the work of the group.
The Council offers up to USD 35,000 for each winning project.
Key selection criteria:
Proposals funded under this initiative will meet many of the following criteria:
- Propose research on important aspects of African social realities that fall under CODESRIA’s priority themes as outlined in the Strategic Plan;
- Be guided by clear questions that explore puzzling aspects of the social realities of Africa and its position in the world;
- Be grounded in the thorough exploration of the continent’s social realities and history;
- Engage constructively and rigorously with African futures;
- Be theoretically ambitious with a clear goal of providing new and innovative ways of understanding and making sense of African social realities;
- Explore multiple spatial, temporal and sectoral settings where this contributes to the process of meaning-making
- Demonstrate familiarity with knowledge already produced by CODESRIA
All applications must engage with CODESRIA’s 2017-2021 thematic priorities and cross-cutting issues:
- Democratic processes, governance, citizenship and security in Africa: Security challenges and ways of grappling with them, transitional justice, democratization, citizenship and migration, the rule of law and human rights, governance processes and mechanisms at local, national and international levels, language, the changing boundaries and configurations of states and communities
- Ecologies, economies and societies in Africa: Land, natural resource management, climate change, demographic change, urbanization, food security and poverty in Africa and technological innovation as well as the interaction of human populations with the rest of the environment in Africa, the forms it takes, its histories and trajectories and its impact on a broad set of sectors including the continent’s burgeoning economies
- Higher education dynamics in a changing Africa: The role of higher education in economic and political transformation in Africa, the rapid transformation in the African higher education landscape, the reform of African higher education and innovations in higher education leadership
Cross-cutting themes: Gender, generations, inequality, rurality and urbanity, memory and history, as well as futures and alternatives
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How to apply
Interested applicants should submit application packages containing the following required materials as Word documents. Please note that applications that lack any of these elements will be discarded.
Deadline: September 15, 2017
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