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Webinar on Conflict and Peacebuilding in Mozambique

The Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN), in collaboration with the African Leadership Center (ALC) of Kings College London, and Wilton Park held a virtual two-day webinar on “Conflict and Peacebuilding in Mozambique,” from September 21 to 22, 2021. The webinar was the latest in a “Peacebuilding in Africa series” launched in 2015 aimed towards ‘moving peacebuilding beyond state and elite-centered approaches to encompass the wider communities involved in conflict, including youth and women’s networks on the continent.’ Participants included high-level practitioners, scholars, activists, and staff and fellows of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), African Peacebuilding Network (APN) …

2020 SSRC Fellow Lecture

Aihwa Ong Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley Speaks on: Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity   With responses by: Duana Fullwiley Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University Guobin Yang Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communications & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 4:00 PM (ET) Watch the Lecture   About the Lecture Anthropological inquiry enhances STS (Science, Technology, and Society Studies) by analyzing the diversity of contexts and perspectives that participate in contemporary knowledge-making processes. The focal point for the discipline concerns how values and beliefs about being …

Virtual Book Launch of Researching Peacebuilding in Africa: Reflections on Fieldwork, Theory and Context

The virtual book launch commenced with the introduction of the editors of the book, Ismail Rashid and Amy Niang, and the book launcher, Nomfundo Walaza, by Cyril Obi, the program director of the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) programs. This was followed by the presentation of the overview of the book by the editors and some chapter contributors. The editors explained that the book was the product of dialogues that facilitators/mentors had with each other as well as APN fellows during training workshops held annually since 2013, on the various dimensions …

Electoral Anxieties: November 3rd and Its Aftermaths

In conversation with SSRC president Alondra Nelson and Anxieties of Democracy program Advisory Committee co-chairs John Ferejohn (New York University) and Deborah Yashar (Princeton University) Watch the Roundtable About the Roundtable The stresses and strains on US democracy, building over decades, have reached an apex with the upcoming presidential election in ways that are unprecedented and daunting. Real fears of voter suppression, unfounded suspicions of voter fraud, and the effects of disinformation hover over November 3, 2020. Genuine uncertainty characterizes what may follow. Will the results be accepted? Will a transition be orderly if the incumbent loses? In recent years, …

The Persistence of Racial Inequality

The seemingly intractable problem of racial inequality in the United States—despite periods of tremendous progress—is evident in numerous measures of disparity (poverty rates, educational achievement, household net worth, homicide and imprisonment rates, and much more). The question is why racial inequality persists. On October 14, 2020, Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council; Joshua Cohen, academic faculty, Apple University; Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University; and Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University, considered this question and discussed social policy remedies to promote racial equality and the …

A Discussion on Race and Racism

On September 30, 2020, the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) held a discussion on race and racism moderated by SSRC president Alondra Nelson and Joy Connolly, president of ACLS, featuring Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project; and Bianca Williams, associate professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This event is presented as part of the Social Science …

2020 SSRC Fellow Seminar with Aihwa Ong

Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity September 24, 2020 The Social Science Research Council invites applications to participate in an exclusive seminar on “Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity” led by the Council’s 2020 SSRC Fellow, Professor Aihwa Ong. The seminar will take place via Zoom on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. eastern time. The SSRC Fellow initiative invites distinguished scholars to the Council to strengthen research and programming in the areas in which we currently work or aspire to work. Professor …

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