Global South Workshop 2013

The Global South Workshop is a week-long workshop for talented Ph.D. students from Southern universities researching topics at the intersection of international studies and development studies. The workshop will give selected participants the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a seminar format. The 2013 workshop is jointly organised by the Graduate Institute, Geneva and El Colegio de México, Mexico City; it will take place from 30 November to 7 December 2013 in Mexico City.

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SEPHIS relocates to the South

Dear colleagues and friends of Sephis,

We feel very fortunate that SEPHIS will be hosted in the South.

From January onwards the Programme will be settled in Rio de Janeiro at the School of Social Sciences and History/CPDOC, Getulio Vargas Foundation.

The new Sephis Chair is Dr. Claudio Pinheiro, Professor of History and Anthropology, a former fellow who has been involved with the Programme for more than ten years. Together with Claudio Pinheiro, two other scholars will work shoulder to shoulder to organise Sephis agenda and activities Dr. Alain Kaly (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) & Dr. Eloísa Martín (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).

Dr. Michiel Baud, director of CEDLA, continues to be the Co-chair of Sephis Programme in Amsterdam.

The office will be supported by a small secretariat, a new a new Board of Trustees, and the E-zine team, which will continue its work under the coordination of Dr. Samita Sen, Professor and Director of the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India,

The SEPHIS website will continue under the same name: Sephis has a new email address at




Asian Studies in Africa Roundtable

History was made at the Asian Studies in Africa Roundtable, held in Chisamba, Zambia, from 9-11 November 2012. The purpose of the meeting was twofold: First, to outline the current state of Asian studies in Africa, as well as the issues and challenges such studies face. Second was to identify a way forward for the future of Asian studies on the African continent. Scholars gathered from around the globe, travelling from five continents and 17 countries, and representing 21 nationalities. This distinguished group brought with it a diverse range of experience and expertise, providing an excellent platform for discussion. The roundtable was jointly convened by the University of Zambia (UNZA), the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development (SEPHIS), Manila and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. 

The workshop was dynamic and engaging, and the overall outcome manifested in the creation of the Association of Asian Studies in Africa (AASIA). AASIA will be dedicated to the capacity enhancement of institutions, programmes, and scholars. Proposed initiatives include scholarly exchanges, new programmes and institutions, support to existing capacities, conferences, workshops, graduate student support, and curriculum development, among others. Sephis is one of the main stakeholders in AASIA. 

New issue of Global South

The October 2012 issue of Global South Sephis e-Magazine completed Volume 8 of the publication. It was a general issue, and focussed, as earlier, on a wide range of issues spread across Latin America, South-East Asia and Africa. The forthcoming January 2013 issue will mark the beginning of Volume 9 of the ezine.

Sephis is on Facebook and Linkedin!

Become a Sephis fan on Facebook and join the Sephis Linkedin group, and stay informed about our activities, engage in discussion fora, connect with other people in the Sephis network etc.



No Sephis grants available in 2012/2013

In 2012/2013 there will be no PhD and post-doctoral research grants available nor small grants for the preservation of social memory. The reason is that Sephis is entering its last year of the current funding phase. We are actively looking for external funding to continue our exciting programme.