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The Association of Political Theory in Africa (APTA) is the leading forum for the development and exchange of political ideas to overcome the challenges facing Africa today.

It aims to promote African scholarship in political theory through a plural and global exchange of ideas. As an association located in Africa we are open to any form and nature of political theory that advances this goal.

The objectives of APTA include:

• To promote the importance of political theory in Africa

• To enhance debate, research and teaching in political theory

• To nurture young political theorists and enable publishing opportunities

• To expand networks continentally and globally

• To encourage the use of political theory in public debate and practical politics

New opportunity: Wits-Cambridge Exchange Programme

The SARChI/Newton Bilateral NRF/British Academy Research Chair in Political Theory, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, and Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge, hereby announces a new academic exchange programme.

Early career lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students whose research in political theory (broadly conceived) would benefit from spending time in the other institution are encouraged to apply for this scheme. The scheme can accommodate visits for one month up to six months in either institution.

This exchange programme is one of the central pillars of the Bilateral Research Chair in Political Theory, held by Professor Lawrence Hamilton, who as a condition of the Chair is based at Wits for the first six months of each calendar year and at POLIS for the second six months of the year. Researchers should ideally therefore arrange their stay so that it coincides with the teaching terms at Wits and Cambridge and includes some overlap with his movements (though this is not mandatory if timings cannot work out this way).

Researchers going to Cambridge

In Cambridge, visiting Wits researchers will be affiliated with POLIS and provided with desk space, (whenever possible and usually in a shared open space) a library card and access to Cambridge online resources. All travel and living expenses will be covered by the Chair and, where possible, visitors will be given a college affiliation and access to college accommodation. Visiting Wits researchers will be encouraged to play a full part in the academic life of POLIS, through participation in seminars and interaction with faculty.

Researchers going to Wits

In Wits, visiting Cambridge Researchers will be affiliated with the Chair and provided with desk space (whenever possible and usually in a shared open space) a library card and access to Wits online resources. All travel and living expenses will be covered by the Chair and accommodation will be provided on campus. Visiting Cambridge researchers will be encouraged to play a full part in the academic life of Wits, through participation in seminars, particularly the Chair seminar series, and interaction with faculty.

For more information and the application process, click here. To link to the University of Cambridge click here. And to link to the University of Witwatersrand, click here.