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February 2021 Newsletter

Update from the Board

Dear Ubuntu members,

We hope your 2021 has started off well! With the current lockdown we know it can be quite boring so we hope some of our fun events and activities this month can help out with this ;)

We have lots of exciting activities happening this month. Our Activiities Committee has gotten into the Valentines spirit and has organized a Valentines movie night on the 12th February. This coming Thursday there will be an online lecture regarding the disputed region Nagorno-Karabach that has been subjected to violent conflict between the Armenian and Azerbaijani armies. The board will also be hosting a Board Informtion Evening on the 18th for anyone who is interested or curious about being a board member next year (applications are currently open!) Additionally, our second General Assembly of the academic year will be held on the 4th March! This is a great way to get updated on what is happening in the association. We really hope to see you all there! 

We hope you all are keeping well despite the current lockdown situation and look forward to seeing you (virtually) soon!
For more frequent info and updates keep an eye on our  Instagram and Facebook.

Best wishes on behalf of the 10th Board,

Kayla Dwyer
President CS Ubuntu 2020 - 2021



Lecture: The societal relevance of Nagorno-Karabakh: retrospectives and perspectives
The past months, the disputed region Nagorno-Karabach has been subjected to violent conflict between the Armenian and Azerbaijani armies. This enclave lies in Azerbaijani territory but used to be controlled by Armenians, and the situation escalated last September. A controversial cease-fire has been settled, but what will the future hold for this region? Also, what has been the history of this conflict, what has been the role of foreign powers and how important is this region in the national psychologies of both countries?
To answer these questions, CS Ubuntu is honoured to invite prof. dr. Bruno de Cordier from Ghent University, where he is part of the Department of Conflict and Development Studies. Besides his expertise in global humanitarian aid, his research projects mainly cover the former USSR, especially the Caucasian-Caspian region and Central Asia. In other words, a very interesting speaker to enlighten us about this topic!
The online lecture will take place on Thursday 11 February on Microsoft Teams and will be followed by a Q&A. You can register for this online event through the following link, after which you will receive an invitation.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Valentine's Movie Night
On the 12th February, the Activities committee is organising a wonderful Valentine’s themed movie night! We’ll be watching a romantic comedy, voted on by you! (Keep an eye on our Instagram stories to take part!)
Sign up using the following link:
We’ll be using Netflix Party and Jitsi! So make sure you have access to a Netflix account! See you there!

Board Information Evening
Are you curious about becoming a board member of CS Ubuntu? Interested to know more? Hop into our board information evening to chat to us and find out more about doing a board year!
Sign up here:
Board applications for the 2021/22 year are now open! To apply please send a motivation letter and CV to before the 30th April
General Assembly II
It is our pleasure to invite you to CS Ubuntu's second General Assembly of the 2020/21 academic year! The General Assembly is open to all and is an opportunity to catch up with what is happening within CS Ubuntu. Join us if you want to learn more about the association or to get up to speed with what has been happening!
The GA will take place on Thursday 4th March. Due to current covid regulations, this GA will be held online on Jitsi.
Sign up here:
Hope to see you there!


New Website!

We have exciting news! The past few months we've been creating a new website! Head over to to check it out! (Shout out to our treasurer Phoebe for doing so much work on this)
January Monthly Spotlight: Relocation of Rohingya Muslim Refugees

January's Monthly Spotlight focused on the relocation of Rohingya Muslim refugees by the Bangladesh government to the island of Bhasan Char. Currently 100,000 refugees are planned to be moved here. This has been a cause of major concern for human rights organisations due to the living conditions as well as to the risk of major flooding on the island. The United Nations and various aid organizations therefore find it irresponsible to have people housed here. According to the Bangladesh Minister of Foreign Affairs, the island is completely safe, but still independent inspectors are not able to access the island.
Please check out our Facebook and Instagram posts for more information on this issue.

You can also access our resource bank which includes ways you can help here



Student Filmmaker - Contesting Governance Research Platform at Utrecht University
The Contesting Governance Research Platform at Utrecht University is seeking a student filmmaker to make research-informed animation films. You will start in March 2021 and are expected to produce five short animation films before 1 July 2021.  The deadline is the 15th February! More info here: 

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