Rift Valley Institute FIELD COURSES


The Horn of Africa course, Great Lakes course, and the Sudan and South Sudan course – syllabuses and late applications

Somalilandsun – Syllabuses are available for the RVI annual Field Courses.

The three courses — the Horn of Africa course, Great Lakes course, and the Sudan and South Sudan course — take place in Jinja, Uganda, in June and July. A limited number of places are now available for late applicants. Apply online here. For further details of courses and core teaching staff, please download the course prospectus (available in English and French) The application deadline has now passed. Applications are still accepted in the event of cancellations.

RVI field courses are intensive, seminar-based events providing a fast track introduction to the history, culture and political economy of three sub-regions: Sudan and South Sudan; the Horn of Africa; and the Great Lakes. Participants in RVI courses are eligible for three graduate course credits in the US university system. Teachers on the three courses include internationally-known specialists, researchers and activists from Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Details of the 2013 courses can be found below. For more information, contact the Institute to join the mailing list. A course prospectus, containing further details on all three courses, can be downloaded  HERE (also available in French) or write to courses@riftvalley.net.

RVI Horn of Africa Course 2013: 8-14 June, Jinja, Uganda


The sixth Horn of Africa course will take place in Jinja, Uganda, from 8 to 14 June 2013. The course covers Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland and Northern Kenya. In 2013, it offers a multi-disciplinary examination of the crises afflicting the Horn and explores the impact of changes in political leaders at the national and sub-national level across the region.

The Director of Studies of the Horn Course is Ken Menkhaus, Associate Professor of Politics at Davidson College. He is joined by a teaching staff consisting of the following: Mark Bradbury, RVI Horn of Africa and East Africa Regional Director; Dereje Feyissa of the Institute of Federal Studies at Addis Ababa University; Rakiya Omaar, Director of African Rights; Laura Hammond of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Christopher Clapham, Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations at the Unversity of Cambridge; Berouk Mesfin, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa; Cedric Barnes, Horn of Africa Project Director at the International Crisis Group; Lee Cassanelli, of the University of Pennsylvania; Kjetil Tronvoll, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Oslo; Richard Reid of the School of Oriental and African Studies; RVI Fellow Sally Healy; and Shiferaw Bekele of the University of Addis Ababa. A course prospectus, containing further details on all three courses, can be downloaded here (also available in French). Apply online  HERE


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