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October 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Tshepo Graduate Seminar - Dec. 3rd, 2013



On December 3rd 2013, the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa hosted its annual graduate seminar in the Research and Academic Centre of the Laurier Brantford campus.  The Institute welcomed two doctoral candidates from the University of Cape Coast, Ernestina Antoh and Harriet Potakey, to present their research topics and findings.  Additionally, three Laurier undergraduate students, Madison Coe, Akalya Atputharajah and Kayla Crouchman, were invited to discuss their trips to Ghana (funded by the AUCC in coordination with Students for Development), as well as their subsequent research. 

Remarks were given by the MC of the seminar, Dr. Oliver Masakure (Fellow, Associate Professor), John McCutcheon (Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts), Dr. Andrew Robinson (Chair of Human Rights Human Diversity Department), Dr. Timothy Donais (Chair of Global Studies) Peter Donahue (Associate Director, International Student Support), Dr. John Ejibowah (Fellow, Associate Professor), Dr. John Mensah (Director of International Studies, University of Cape Coast) and Phyllis Power (Global Engagement).

The topics and presenters were as follows:

Researcher

Topic

Ernestina Antoh (PhD Candidate, University of Cape Coast)

Microfinance and Human Capital Development of Beneficiaries of Sinapi Aba Trust in the Ashanti Region of Ghana


Harriet Potakey (PhD Candidate, University of Cape Coast)

Children as Environmental Citizens in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


Akalya Atputharajah

(Wilfrid Laurier University)

The Indian Diasporic Experience in Ghana, and its Effects on Self-Identification


Madison Coe

(Wilfrid Laurier University)

Ghana and the Anti-Witch Movement: Working Towards an Effective Intervention


Kayla Crouchman

(Wilfrid Laurier University)

Oppression and Abuse, in Ghana and the World: A Look at the Practices of Trokosi and Female Genital Mutilation


Each presentation sparked much lively debate and discussion amongst all attendees.  Experts from different areas of study explored interdisciplinary approaches to each presentation and research topic, providing eye-opening ideas and suggestions to the researchers.  The Tshepo Institute thanks attendees, students, volunteers, and Fellows for contributing to the success of the 2014 Graduate Seminar.