As you might have noticed, we have a new email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). All future correspondences will be through this address.
Thanks to those who made it to our first meeting last week! We hope you found it engaging and we are looking forward to taking the Network forward with you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we look forward to meeting up with you in the future. We have some exciting news and upcoming events, so read on!
1.) Please upload your profile on the AfNet website (https://afnetweb.wordpress.com) ASAP by following this link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1315iRqEm0NXwklAFlKRkgbtbTH_s3IyRQEpl4vuFV4/viewform) to complete the form. Your details will then appear on the website and this can serve as a good way to publicise your work and get in touch with others who are working on similar issues/regions.
2.) Our Facebook page is up and running. Thanks to Sam Lattof for setting this up! Please join and ‘Like’ it. It can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/afnet.london/
3.) We have a social event scheduled for Thursday, November 14th. We will be meeting for drinks from 18:30 at the Princess Louise, 208 High Holborn. Please come along and bring friends/colleagues. Details can be found on the Facebook page. Details as well as future social events will be posted on the Facebook page as well as on our website: https://afnetweb.wordpress.com
4.) We are scheduling a seminar discussion for Wednesday, November 27th. The topic will be ‘Reflections from the Field’ and we are inviting AfNet members who have completed their fieldwork to give a 10-minute presentation reflecting on their experiences and sharing tips and insights with others. Following the presentations we will have a discussion on issues such as the politics of researchers based in Northern institutions doing research in and on Africa and common problems encountered when doing fieldwork and how these can be overcome.
If you are interested in presenting, please send us your name, institutional affiliation and the location and topic of your research by Tuesday, November 12th. We will also be going for drinks after the seminar so this will be a good opportunity to continue networking and forming social relationships.
5.) We need a representative from each University of London affiliate who will be responsible for updating the Network about Africa-related events, seminars, lectures, etc. at your institution. If you would like to volunteer for this, please let us know by Friday, November 15th.
-2013-2014 AfNet Coordinators (Robtel, Simi, ThienVinh, Aidan)