Cyclone Idai – hunger and devastation in Mozambique

A very powerful article on the human stories behind the utter devastation caused by https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/eye-of-the-storm/

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Mozambique Cyclone Disaster

We are shocked to see the awful news from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, where tropical cyclone Idai has caused widespread destruction and loss of life. While it is well known that low-lying coastal cities and towns are enormously vulnerable to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, current estimates suggest this the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.

The cyclone made landfall at the port of Beira, Mozambique’s fourth-largest city, with officials reporting that almost every building in this city of more than 500,000 people has been damaged. Early estimates for Mozambique suggest that up to a 1,000 people may have died. With the infrastructure of the area destroyed and large areas of coastal land now underwater, the worry is that this disaster could affect hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people.

Mozambique is vulnerable to periodic flooding during the rainy season but the harrowing pictures of inland seas with houses submerged up to roof level and people stranded on them only serve to illustrate how catastrophic this event has been.

To donate to the relief effort follow the links below:

https://crisisrelief.un.org/Mozambique-flash-appeal

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/how-you-can-help/emergencies/mozambique-cyclone

Remembering Sebastiano Tusa

A minute of silence to remember Sebastiano Tusa on Monday, 11 March at the UNESCO Ministerial meeting on Underwater Cultural Heritage in Malindi, Kenya.

Professor Tusa was on his way to the meeting to deliver the keynote speech when he was tragically killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash at Addis Ababa on Sunday.

The maritime archaeological world is in shock. Professor Tusa was an internationally renowned scholar and a champion of underwater archaeology in Italy and around the world. He was one of the drafters of the original UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and in 2004 was appointed as the first Superintendent of the Sea directing the Sicilian Soprintendenza del Mare marine archaeology team. More recently he was appointed Assesore for Cultural Heritage for the Government of Sicily. He directed archaeological projects in Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Japan and Kenya and was the author of 700 archaeological publications.

He had great plans for future underwater research in Kenya.

We owe him so much. His passion and leadership will be greatly missed.

 

Free online GIS course aimed at archaeologists

The gvSIG Association has provided a free online GIS course, covering a range of topics and using an open source software (gvSIG Desktop). There is no need to register for the course, and the content can be accessed from anywhere in the world. A post will be published each week on the gvSIG blog, containing a video tutorial with exercises and access to the course data. In order to complete the online course, participants must simply complete each tutorial. The course is available in both English and Spanish. For more details, see the gvSIG blog post here: https://blog.gvsig.org/2018/12/19/free-course-gis-for-archaeologists/

PhD Studentship, Law, University of Nottingham

Three-year Faculty of Social Sciences PhD studentship

School of Law, University of Nottingham

In connection with Rising from the Depths

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Social Sciences and International Office funded International PhD studentship granted in connection to a recent GCRF/AHRC-funded research project, Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits. Applicants for the studentship must be African nationals, preferably but not limited to the countries which are the focus of the project, namely Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar.

The Rising from the Depths projects aims to identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar.

The subject matter of the PhD proposal should in line with the scope, aims and objectives of Rising from the Depth project. Topics could include research relating to aid agreements, public private partnership, business sand human rights, investment law, public procurement and human rights or any aspect of the so-called Blue Economy in one or a combination of the countries which are the focus of the project – Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar. Though not necessarily driven by heritage the proposed topic should demonstrate its relevance to Marine Cultural Heritage in the region and express how the research could help create wider benefits for local communities.

The studentships will be based at the University of Nottingham (there is no provision for distance-learning PhDs) with a period, or periods, of research in the proposed study location if required. This studentship is available for three years full-time study (subject to satisfactory progression each year) and will be supervised by Dr Annamaria La Chimia (Law) and another academic selected dependent on the details of the chosen proposal. It will cover international tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (stipend) matching Research Innovation UK recommendation – for 2017/18 £14,777 per annum, pro rata.

Applicants should have a degree in a relevant discipline (minimum requirement 2i UG level – or international equivalent) and a masters level degree, preferably LLM with a minimum of 65% in both the taught and dissertation elements (or international equivalent) in law or a related discipline. Our English language requirements are IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.0 for listening and speaking; 6.5 for reading and 7.0 for writing).

Applications should be submitted by 30 November 2018 and we hope to interview short-listed candidates shortly afterwards (skype and video conferencing available). Successful applicants will be expected to start the PhD programme in January 2019.

The University of Nottingham’s Graduate School’s Research Training Programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from ‘Using Archives in Your Research’, to ‘Pathways into Publishing’. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Social Sciences students and the Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in law.

How to apply

Applicants must be African nationals, preferably but not necessarily from m Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar.

Applicants should submit a full application – including a research proposal, two academic references, a writing sample (approximately 5,000 words) and transcripts from your previous degree(s). Additionally a curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) and a brief letter (no more than two pages) outlining qualification for the studentship will be required. Your full application and supporting documents must be received by 30 November 2018. Please note on your research proposal that you wish to be considered for the ‘Rising from the Depths’ studentship.

Informal enquiries may be directed to annamaria.lachimia@nottingham.ac.uk – candidates wishing to make an application are strongly recommended to get in touch with Annamaria before submission.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (interviews can be conducted over Skype of video conference for those unable to attend in person).

Find out more about applying.

Posted on Friday 19th October 2018

Shipwrecks Index Survey – call for help from marine archaeologists

As part of the Rising from the Depths project, research at Bournemouth University is assessing how climate change, natural and human-induced hazards may affect Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa. Within this context, shipwrecks are important resources to protect, as described by the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001 (UNESCO).

 

We are developing an exposure (or sensitivity) index for shipwrecks. We would be grateful if you can share your knowledge to help us better understand which factors are relevant to the conservation of shipwrecks, so we can identify suitable indicators.

 

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and can be found here. 

PhD Studentship, Ulster University

Funded PhD Opportunity Maritme Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in East Africa

This project is funded by: VCRS

Subject: Geography and Environmental Studies

Summary

As part of the Global Challenges Research Fund/Arts and Humanities Research Council project titled, Rising from the Depths: Utilising Marine Cultural Heritage in East Africa to help Sustainable Social, Economic, and Cultural Benefits, Ulster University is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in Maritime Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in coastal eastern Africa.

The studentship is to be held in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences. The PhD research will explore an aspect of heritage, sustainability, conflict and development in this region, but should contribute to the overall research agenda of the project. It should also draw on the strengths of the School at Ulster.

This is an international studentship for suitably qualified applicants from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. Rising from the Depths seeks to explore the marine cultural heritage of eastern Africa, and to conduct challenge-led research that can stimulate ethical, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Applicants are strongly encouraged to look at the details of the project at our website: https://risingfromthedepths.com

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • Masters at 65%
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project
  • Experience of presentation of research findings

Funding

This project is funded by: VCRS

The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance).

Full information can be found here.

PhD Studentship, Law, University of Nottingham

3-Year Faculty of Social Sciences PhD Studentship

School of Law, University of Nottingham

In connection with: ‘Rising from the Depths’

 

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Social Sciences and International Office funded International PhD studentship granted in connection to a recent GCRF/AHRC-funded research project, Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits.  Applicants for the studentship must be nationals of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar – countries which are the focus of the project.

The Rising from the Depths projects aims to identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. Information about the project can be found at: https://risingfromthedepths.com

The successful candidate will be given some latitude as to the scope and approach of their doctorate, but the subject matter should be related to development in the coastal and/or maritime environment of East Africa and its impact on cultural heritage. Topics could include research relating to aid agreements, public private partnership, public procurement and human rights or any aspect of the so-called Blue Economy in one or a combination of the countries which are the focus of the project – Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar. Though not necessarily driven by heritage the proposed topic should demonstrate its relevance to Marine Cultural Heritage in the region and express how the research could help create wider benefits for local communities. For a fuller definition of Marine Cultural Heritage see https://risingfromthedepths.com/marine-cultural-heritage/

The studentships will be based at the University of Nottingham (there is no provision for distance-learning PhDs) with a period, or periods, of research in the proposed study location if required. This studentship is available for 3 years full-time study (subject to satisfactory progression each year) and will be supervised by Dr Annamaria La Chimia (Law) and another academic selected dependent on the details of the chosen proposal. It will cover international tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (stipend) matching Research Innovation UK recommendation – for 2017/18 £14,777 per annum, pro rata.

Applicants should have a degree in a relevant discipline (minimum requirement 2i UG level – or international equivalent) and a Master’s level degree, preferably LLM  with 65% in both the taught and dissertation elements (or international equivalent) in Law or a related discipline.  Our English language requirements are IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.0 for Listening and Speaking; 6.5 for Reading and 7.0 for Writing).

The call for applications will close on 28th September 2018 and we hope to interview short-listed candidates shortly afterwards (skype and video conferencing available). Successful applicants will be expected to start the PhD programme in January 2019.

The University of Nottingham’s Graduate School’s Research Training Programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from ‘Using Archives in Your Research’, to ‘Pathways into Publishing’. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Social Sciences students and the Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in Law.

 

How to apply:

Applicants must be a national of of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar.

Applicants should submit via email a single MS Word or PDF document which includes a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a brief letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining their proposed research project and qualification for the studentship, a sample of writing (c. 3000 words) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please send this document to the email address risingfromthedepths@nottingham.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Thursday 28 September 2018. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – Faculty of Social Sciences/Nottingham studentship.’

Informal enquiries may be directed to annamaria.lachimia@nottingham.ac.uk

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for PhD study in the School of Law in advance of the interview (interviews can be conducted over Skype of video conference for those unable to attend in person):

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx

Society and the Sea Conference, Greenwich University

Society and the Sea 2018; Investinblue conference: The values of the Ocean and Coasts for Sustainable Development” organised by the Greenwich Maritime Centre and National Maritime.

6th -7th September, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

This international conference will bring together industry and academia to explore the value of the ocean and coasts, key challenges being faced and opportunities for future development of the blue economy. There will be over 100 presentations, 6 stages, conference dinner on board the Cutty Sark and the launch of the new Marine Social Sciences Network.

Conference Themes and Sessions include: Maritime Infrastructure & Industry; Maritime History & Heritage; Conservation & Engagement; Small-Scale Fisheries; Blue Economy; Maritime Human Health & Wellbeing; Maritime Governance; Ocean Literacy; Making Socio-Cultural Values Count; Scuppering Invisibility; Creating Places to Belong; Art, Social Impact & Reinvention; and International Coastal Communities.

Visit the conference website for more information, the draft programme and to register:  http://www.gre.ac.uk/society-and-the-sea

PhD Studentship, University of Nottingham

3-Year Faculty of Arts and Research Board PhD Studentship, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham, in connection with: ‘Rising from the Depths:

Applications are invited for a Faculty of Arts funded International PhD studentship granted in connection to a recent GCRF/AHRC-funded research project, Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits.  Applicants for the studentship must be nationals of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar – countries which are the focus of the project.

The Rising from the Depths project aims to identify ways in which marine cultural heritage can directly benefit coastal communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. Information about the project can be found on our website.

The successful candidate will be given some latitude as to the scope and approach of their doctorate, but the subject matter should be related to coastal and/or marine archaeology in one or a combination of the countries which are the focus of the project – Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar. The proposed topic should consider an aspect of Marine Cultural Heritage and express how the research could help create wider benefits for local communities. For a fuller definition or Marine Cultural Heritage see our website.

The studentships will be based at the University of Nottingham (there is no provision for distance-learning PhDs) with a period, or periods, of research in the proposed study location if required. This studentship is available for 3 years full-time study (subject to satisfactory progression each year) and will be supervised by Dr Jon Henderson (Archaeology) and another academic selected dependent on the details of the chosen proposal. It will cover overseas tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance grant (stipend) matching Research Councils UK recommendation – for 2017/18 £14,777 per annum, pro rata.

Applicants should have a degree in a relevant discipline and a Masters-level degree MA (at distinction or merit) in Archaeology or a related discipline, ideally with some research focus on marine archaeology or history. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrable knowledge and interest in East African coastal and/or marine archaeology.

The call for applications will close on 20th September 2018 and we hope to interview (skype and video conferencing available) short-listed candidates shortly afterwards. Successful applicants will be expected to start the PhD programme in January 2019.

The University of Nottingham’s Graduate School’s Research Training Programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from ‘Using Archives in Your Research’, to ‘Pathways into Publishing’. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Arts students and the Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in History.

How to apply:

Applicants must be a national of of Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar.

Applicants should submit via email a single MS Word or PDF document which includes a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a brief letter (no more than 2 pages) outlining their proposed research project and qualification for the studentship, a sample of writing (c. 3,000 words) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please send this document to the email address risingfromthedepths@nottingham.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Thursday 20th September 2018. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – Faculty of Arts/Nottingham studentship.’

Informal enquiries may be directed to jon.henderson@nottingham.ac.uk

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for PhD study in the Department of Classics and Archaeology in advance of the interview (interviews can be conducted over Skype or video conferences for those unable to attend in person):

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx