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  • 22 September 2017, 14:30-15:45

    What is needed to transform agriculture and food systems in the face of climate change?

    Sustainability Science Centre is proud to present a sustainability lecture on 22 September 2017, with Bruce Campbell, Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). » Read more

  • 29 September 2017, 13:15-17:00

    Sixth Africanist Graduate Forum

    We are pleased to invite you to participate in the SIXTH meeting of the Africanist Graduate Forum on FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2017, 13.15-17.00 at the Centre of African Studies, Building 8B, South Campus, Copenhagen University. (More details of how to find us are on our homepage at:

    As a reminder, the Africanist Graduate Forum is aimed at offering space to those PhD scholars working on Africa-related research topics:  to present and receive feedback on your own work, find out about the work of other PhDs (and other Africanist scholars), to meet one another, and generally network and share information within the frame of Africanist scholarship and relevant Africa-related activities in the region.
    The Forum is provided for PhD scholars within the wider Copenhagen and Øresund regions, but welcomes presentations and participation from visiting PhD scholars from anywhere.We encourage senior scholars to inform all relevant PhD students – your own and others as well as visiting PhDs – about this event.
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  • 4 October 2017, 15:00-16:15

    American exceptionalism, great power responsibility and global sustainability

    Sustainability Science Centre is proud to present a sustainability lecture on 4 October 2017, with Robert Falkner, editor of The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy and Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord brings into sharp relief the difficulty of establishing global sustainability politics in an international system characterized by profound power asymmetry. The Paris Agreement is based on a conception of global governance in which all major powers have come to accept a special responsibility to contribute towards global climate protection.

    Despite this strengthening of the norm of global environmental stewardship, the US has repeatedly repudiated multilateral environmental agreements and threatens again to walk away from its environmental responsibility as the world’s most powerful nation and major greenhouse gas emitter. This lecture explores the legacy of American exceptionalism in global environmental governance and the threat it poses to the Paris Agreement and global sustainability politics more generally. It asks whether the principle of great power responsibility is still a meaningful concept in thinking about international order, and what the world can do to strengthen America’s commitment to global environmental stewardship.

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  • 6 October 2017, 12:30-13:30

    Building China: informal and precarious workers in China’s construction industry

    This talk challenges the dominant narrative of China’s economic success by bringing informal workers out of the shadows and demonstrating their important role in China’s economic growth and development. It also provides a close look at precarious, informal workers who make up a significant portion of China’s new working class. The diversity of working conditions, labor markets and experiences of life in the cities among these workers are presented and then used to (re) theorize the concept of employment relationship. I argue that we should be using a broader concept, such as “employment configuration,” to encompass the diverse work arrangements found among informal and precarious workers.
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  • 2 November - 3 November 2017

    Course on Africa for upper secondary school teachers and educators at the teacher education

    The course looks at the newest tendencies on the African continent. Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen, offers the course and gives both research-based and updated inspiration and knowledge, which you can employ in lectures in upper secondary school or at the teacher education.

    The course is interdisciplinary and addresses teachers in social studies, history, physical geography and religion.

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