Hot Topic: Trudeau heads to Africa

Carleton experts are available to discuss the prime minister’s first trip to Africa and issues that may be discussed during his visit.

Pius Adesanmi
Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and director of the Institute of African Studies

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Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 1175

Adesanmi has a broad range of research and writing interests, from recent trends in theoretical approaches to African and post-colonial literatures to new political and cultural worlds in Africa and the black diaspora. His scholarship overlaps with an active career as an African public intellectual interested in issues such as the role of culture in shaping citizenship, subjectivity, human rights, identity, and the environment in societies affected globalization.

Recently he has been studying the social media revolution in Africa and the postcolonial world. He has been exploring how social media affects literature and culture.

Kamari Maxine Clarke
Associate Professor in Global and International Studies

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 4170

Clarke’s research spans issues related to human rights; international courts and tribunals; the export, spread, rejection and re-contextualization of international norms; secularism and religious transnationalism; United Nations and African Union treaty negotiations; and Africa’s insertion into international law circuits. By exploring the increasing judicialization of politics in international criminal law circuits, her work explores the implications for rethinking culture, power and justice in the contemporary period.

As an Africanist scholar, she has conducted field studies in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda and has worked on institutional studies of the International Criminal Court and the African Union. Clarke has served as an expert advisor to the African Union and through research funding with the Open Society Initiative and support of the Pan African Lawyer’s Union.

Dane Rowlands
Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and associate director of the Infrastructure Protection and International Security Program

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 8884

Rowlands has been teaching at NPSIA since 1994. His primary research interests are in international debt, multilateral financial institutions, official development assistance and the international aspects of economic development. He also conducts research on international migration, peacekeeping and conflict and development. He has recently been teaching courses in international finance and conflict economics.

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