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Reading Resources


The readings posted here are gathered from a wide array of researchers and contexts. They are not only informative but meant to facilitate reflection in classrooms.

Ethnic diversity is of particular importance to African Nations; how do we co-exist within colonial borders that split ethnic communities into two, three or even four countries? What answers do we have towards preventing ethnic violence and genocides in the present day? What opportunity does pluralism as an ethic of respect for difference present? How do educators address vexing questions often hanging unanswered in class rooms such as; how can a national identity be cultivated and enhanced in a multi-ethnic situation? Is ethnicity in Africa a political and social construct?

The readings invite educators to turn the ethnic diversity in their countries and classes into a resource.

May 5, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o is right: erasing her afro hair exposes the extent of prejudice

Fashion has always been political. How people dress, what they choose to wear, is a reflection of their innermost tastes and preferences. Fashion is an extended form of self-advertisement. For centuries women have used their appearance as a means to exert political influence.
May 4, 2014

UNESCO Launches Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism

UNESCO’s Teacher Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism just released, provides practical tips to educators seeking guidance on how to discuss the subject in classrooms.
May 4, 2014

Achille Mbembe writes about Xenophobic South Africa

Afrophobia”? “Xenophobia”? “Black on black racism”? A “darker” as you can get hacking a “foreigner” under the pretext of his being too dark — self hate par excellence? Of course all of that at once! Yesterday I asked a taxi driver: “why do they need to kill these “foreigners” in this manner?”.
May 3, 2014

Reflections on classic papers in Ethnic and Racial Studies

This paper provides an overview of this Special Issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ethnic and Racial Studies. We discuss some of the themes that are covered in this issue in the context of the wider history of the journal.
May 1, 2014

From the Nakuru County peace accord (2010-2012) to lasting peace

The intense global spotlight that focused on the Kenyan crisis in 2007/8 and the mediation process that followed is a typical example of the high profile peace processes that we so often see in the media. The process that this case study details focuses on another facet which is part of the important work of peacemaking – longer term work with leaders in communities.
April 29, 2014

7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

In this official background paper for the 2013 Oslo Forum, Inclusive Security’s Director, Jacqueline O’Neill, and Kenyan Women Waging Peace Network member, Alice Nderitu, argue that meaningful inclusion of women in peace processes is in the best interest of mediators.
May 3, 2014

Reflections on classic papers in Ethnic and Racial Studies

This paper provides an overview of this Special Issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ethnic and Racial Studies. We discuss some of the themes that are covered in this issue in the context of the wider history of the journal.
May 1, 2014

From the Nakuru County peace accord (2010-2012) to lasting peace

The intense global spotlight that focused on the Kenyan crisis in 2007/8 and the mediation process that followed is a typical example of the high profile peace processes that we so often see in the media. The process that this case study details focuses on another facet which is part of the important work of peacemaking – longer term work with leaders in communities.
April 29, 2014

7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

In this official background paper for the 2013 Oslo Forum, Inclusive Security’s Director, Jacqueline O’Neill, and Kenyan Women Waging Peace Network member, Alice Nderitu, argue that meaningful inclusion of women in peace processes is in the best interest of mediators.