Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

General enquiries

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski
R.Borowski@leeds.ac.uk

Finding Africa – African Feminisms seminar series 2017

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CfP: Symposium on Foreign Aid and Journalism in Latin America and Africa

Symposium on Foreign Aid and Journalism in Latin America and Africa: Developing a Research Agenda

Leeds, UK – April 20, 2017

Call for Papers

Objective: This symposium will examine the influence and impact over the years of foreign aid on journalism practice and education. In so doing, it aims at developing a research agenda to examine issues and problems arising from the intersection between journalism, foreign aid, public diplomacy and foreign policy in historical and current contexts. Although the geographical focus is Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, we will welcome scholarly contributions from other areas of the Global South. The format of the event is explorative and therefore full papers are not necessary at this stage. The idea is to discover opportunities for collaborative research including joint research grants and publications as well as other types of exchanges.

The symposium connects to the initial meeting of the AHRC / DfID funded Research Network “Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America”.

Questions that the project aims at addressing include (but are not limited to)

  • What has been the role of international development assistance in shaping journalistic approaches and practices in Africa and Latin America and what are the consequences?
  • What is the existing body of research concerning this issue?
  • What has been the role of development assistance in shaping journalism education in Africa and Latin America?
  • To what extent has international development assistance fostered or inhibited independent journalism in Africa and Latin America?
  • What are the similarities and differences in the direct and indirect impacts of development assistance of journalism from the US, UK and other donors?
  • What are the continuities and discontinuities concerning the impact of development assistance on journalism practice and education in the post-Cold War era?
  • How has international development assistance either directly or indirectly affecting journalism been perceived by journalists, politicians and the general public in the beneficiary countries?
  • What interventions could be developed to counter any negative consequences of these traditions?

Planned outcomes:

  • Edited Special Issue of a Journal
  • Edited collection of essays in a book.
  • Joint grant applications
  • Collaborative PhD scholarships

Convenors: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando & Dr. Chris Paterson, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

Send abstracts to: c.paterson@leeds.ac.uk

Deadline for 300-words abstracts and title: February 20, 2017

Please register here: https://ajn-symposium.eventbrite.co.uk

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LUCAS Spring Term seminar series 2017

LUCAS Seminar Series Spring 2017– all welcome, no need to book in advance

Conversations in Black History – Remembering Christopher and David
LUCAS is supporting a new series in conjunction with Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust and the School of History at the University of Leeds, ‘Conversations in Black History’, and its inaugural event is ‘Remembering Christopher and David: Justice and Police Brutality in Yorkshire’, with campaigner Janet Alder and the Remember David Oluwale Campaign. It takes place on Wednesday 1 February, at 6pm, Leeds West Indian Centre.

Remembering Christopher and David

Prof. Rijk van Dijk (ASCL, Leiden University/ AISSR, Univ. of Amsterdam/ Centre of Excellence, Univ. of Konstanz)‘Pentecostalism and Pre-marital Counselling in Africa: A Case of Religious Sophistication?’.
Tuesday 7 February, 5pm, venue: Baines Wing SR (1.13)
(Co-sponsored by the Centre for Religion and Public Life)

Prof Rijk van Dijk on ‘Pentecostalism and Pre-marital Counselling in Africa’

Jörg Wiegratz (University of Leeds), ‘Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda’
Tuesday 28 February, 4.30pm–6pm, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, LG 19
Co-sponsored by the Review of African Political Economy

Jörg Wiegratz on Neoliberal Moral Economy in Uganda

LUCAS Annual Lecture, 2016-2017
Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham) will speak on
Elections and Political Change in Africa: The Case of Kenya 2017
Thursday 16 March 2017, 4.30pm, Clothworkers South Building Lecture Theatre 2

LUCAS Annual Lecture with Professor Nic Cheeseman

Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared
LUCAS are proud to be joining with Leeds University and College’s Union (UCU) and Amnesty to sponsor an Egypt Solidarity Initiative event to campaign for truth for Giulio Regeni in Leeds.
Wednesday 22 March, 1 – 2.30pm, Roger Stevens Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leeds
Speakers: Shane Enright (Amnesty UK’s trade union campaigner), Professor Ray Bush (University of Leeds)

Truth for Giulio, Justice for Egypt’s Disappeared

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Dr Tara Deubel on Conserving Sahrawi Culture – 5 December

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Seminar – 5 December

Conserving Sahrawi Culture: Language, Arts, and Identity Amidst Political Uncertainty in the Western Sahara

Dr Tara Deubel, University of South Florida, will be discussing how Saharawi communities preserve identity and community through the arts in the face of uncertainty and change.

Date: 05-12-2016
Time: 17:30 – 19:00

In the context of the protracted conflict over the Western Sahara following Spain’s decolonisation of the territory in 1975, Sahrawis have witnessed numerous political and social ruptures in recent decades. What processes have affected the cultural identity of Sahrawis affected by the politics of Moroccan integration in Western Sahara and the vulnerability of refugee status in Algeria under the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) government-in-exile? How do populations in persistent states of occupation, exile, and political instability accomplish the work of cultural conservation? Based on ethnographic research with Sahrawi communities on both sides of the divide, this talk focuses on several aspects of contemporary conservation efforts, including the maintenance of Hassaniya language, preference for traditional dress styles, and the performance of Sahrawi music and oral poetry in Hassaniya and Spanish. I argue that cultural conservation efforts serve as a central strategy in promoting larger Sahrawi political projects of resistance and autonomy.

Location: Parkinson SR B.10 – free

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/events/event/3416/conserving_sahrawi_culture_language_arts_and_identity_amidst_political_uncertainty_in_the_western_sahara

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CfP: RiDNet conference 2017 at the University of Leeds

The Researchers in Development Network at the University of Leeds is excited to announce the 5th Annual RiDNet conference

“I, Researcher: exploring the research experience – context, self and interdisciplinary practice”

The conference will take place on the 27th of January, 2017 at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Please see attached poster for further details.

This year, we’re aiming to explore the experience of conducting research. The conference will focus on three themes (explained below) and we encourage researchers to submit invite PhD and Early Career researchers to submit abstracts reflecting on their experiences of conducting research within and related to (1) different contexts; (2) other disciplines; and (3) self

Conference Themes:

  1.   Context: This theme examines how different, often challenging contexts can impact upon your research, and how you may take this into consideration.

Topics may include: researcher positionality, ethics, reflexivity, avoiding an extractive relationship with the research context and managing participants expectations.

  1.   Self: This theme examines the less frequently discussed aspect of emotional well-being whilst conducting research.

Topics may include: emotional wellbeing during a  PhD, staying safe, balancing being a good researcher with staying healthy, handling isolation, loneliness, and culture shock.

  1.   Interdisciplinary practice: This theme examines how research may cross different disciplines, and how this may impact research design, methods, and communicating results.

Topics may include: research in practice, combining/working across disciplines, overcoming challenges, and successes!

Format of presentations:  

  • Context and interdisciplinary practice: Up to 12 minutes to present and 3 minutes for questions.
  • Self: Short, informal talks (around 5 minutes in length) to focus on personal experiences of research. Designed to enable discussion of issues related to emotions and wellbeing. We encourage presenters to deviate from a typical academic presentation for this theme, therefore use of slides is optional.

Please send a 300 word (maximum) abstract to ridnet@leeds.ac.uk by the 2nd of December, 2016.

 

The Researchers in Development Network, or RiDNet, is a student led network of PhD students and early career researchers working in international development and/or conducting social research in developing countries.  Our annual conference aims to give students and early career researchers a chance to share experiences, ideas and methods.

Call for Abstracts – 5th Annual RiDNet conference

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Phd student masterclass at the University of Manchester

Masterclass with Prof Nic van de Walle, Cornell – 17 November, 15:30-17:00
The masterclass with Prof van de Walle will take place on Thursday, 17 November 2016, from 15:30-17:00 at the University of Manchester, in the Arthur Lewis Building (Oxford Road) Ground Floor, G.030/031.

Prof Nicolas van de Walle is the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and the Chair of the Department of Government at Cornell University. His primary field is comparative politics. His teaching and research focuses on the political economy of development, with a special focus on Africa, on democratization, and on the politics of economic reform.

His current main project looks into the impact of colonialism on contemporary African development, which is also the topic of the masterclass. The masterclass will embed this question into a general discussion of how to think about history for contemporary international development, itself a way to discuss prominent work by authors such as Acemoglu/Robinson, Mahoney, and Iyer. Based on the readings circulated ahead of the session, participants will have ample opportunity to discuss Nic’s work with him.

Applications to participate
Applications to participate in the masterclass should be sent to judith.krauss@manchester.ac.uk.
Applicants MUST include:
– the School and discipline area in which you work
– year of PhD study,
– a brief paragraph stating how your research is relevant to, or will benefit from, the masterclass.

Places are limited, so please apply promptly and by Thursday, 10 November, at the latest.

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Migration Research Network seminar

The second event of the Leeds Migration Research Network/Sadler Series Seminar 2016-17 ‘Who/What is a ‘Good’/’Bad’ Migrant?’

Wednesday, 2 November between 12 and 1.30pm

Venue: LHRI – Seminar Room 1

This seminar will feature state-of-the-art short presentations on key methodological concerns in various disciplines regarding studying the question of how “migrants” are conceptualised, classified, categorised and evaluated as differential objects of policy and public discourse, followed by discussion.

CHRIS PATERSON : Media / Communications; GABRIELLA ALBERTI (with CHRIS FORDE) : Policy / Law; ROXANA BARBULESCU : Politics/Sociology; ADRIAN FAVELL: Chair / Introduction.

The event will be followed by a Network Business Meeting, 2-3pm in LHRI seminar room 2.

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Getting published in African Studies workshop

Getting Published in African Studies Workshop

28 November 2016

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

This workshop is part of a series sponsored by the African Studies Association in the UK (ASAUK) and funded by the British Academy. It  brings together journal editors and early career African scholars and postgraduate students involved in or interested in African studies (various fields/disciplines) to work with journal editors with the aim of supporting authors to produce papers that will be ready, or near-ready, for publication. African scholars in the humanities and social sciences often express their frustration at the difficulties they experience in getting their work into publication in internationally recognized journals. Meanwhile, editors of Africanist journals in the UK (and beyond) have struggled to increase the representation of African authors in their publications. Though some journals are assiduous in providing detailed feedback on rejected submissions, this is not universally the case, and a vicious circle develops of high rates of rejection leading to fewer submissions. The workshops are designed to break this circle, to encourage collaborative approaches to getting published as well as making researchers aware of the processes involved in getting an author’s work published particularly in African studies. To register for the workshop, please email the convener Dr. George Ogola (GOOgola@uclan.ac.uk) with an abstract of no more than 500 words of a piece of research in progress. We will cover your accommodation, food and fare.

 

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YASN Conference – ‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Yorkshire African Studies Network

Conference at the University of Bradford supported by JEFCAS

‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Friday 18th November 2016

Programme

10.15 Registration

 

10.50 Introduction

 

11.00 Session 1: Post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation

 

Peter Nias, Former Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bradford

From Apartheid to Democracy – without a Truth & Reconciliation Commission: has the experience of Namibia worked?

Adikalie Kamara, University of Bradford

The Special Court for Sierra Leone: a Peacebuilding Mechanism?

Chris Davey, University of Bradford

Post-genocide Memory as the Aegis of Atrocity

 

12.30 Lunch break

 

1.15 Session 2: Justice Systems

 

Vera Riffler, University of York

Justice in security matters – mapping non-state actors and security demands in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Dr Nicki Kindersley, University of Durham

Rule of whose law? Justice systems under ‘transitional government’ collapse in Juba, South Sudan

Dr Chris Paterson, University of Leeds

To fear or embrace the ‘global policeman’: the representation of the US military ‘African Pivot’

 

3.00 Session 3: Guest Speaker

 

Dr Phil Clark, SOAS, University of London

 

4.20 Closing remarks

 
To register for the conference please go here or see this link
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transitions-from-what-to-what-justice-and-reconciliation-in-africa-tickets-28759032039
For more information about the conference in general please contact Dr David Harris – D.Harris7@bradford.ac.uk

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The Legacy of Tony Blair

Dept. of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Leeds presents:

The Killings of Tony Blair                                                                           

Film showing followed by audience discussion

Tues. Nov. 1, 6.00-9.00 pm.                                                                     

Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building                        

with George Galloway, Peter Oborne, Stephen Fry, Will Self, Clare Short, David Davis, Noam Chomsky, Craig Murray, Seamus Milne, Matthew Norman, Ken Livingstone.

“A meticulous documentation of […] the catastrophic and illegal invasion of Iraq, the deaths of perhaps a million people and the region being plunged into sectarian chaos” (The Spectator)

“Presented with such avarice and duplicity, the stomach churns and the mind recoils” (Culture Whisper)

“Sanctimonious documentary” (The Guardian)

“If you need a nauseating reminder of why so many Brits feel alienated from the political centre, here it is” (Time Out)

                                                                                                                      

 

Tony Blair: Avarice, Aggression, Aftermath

Panel presentations followed by audience questions

Wed. Nov. 2, 6.00-9.00 pm.

Business School, Western Lecture Theatre, G.01

Speakers:

•   Blair and the Middle East: the Aftermath

     Dr. Jack Holland, POLIS

•   Blair, Neoliberalism and the Rise of Corbyn

     Prof. Salman Sayyid, School of Sociology

•   Blair, Sleaze and the Revolving Business-Politics Door

     Hasan Hafidh, Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

•  Blair, the Israel Lobby and Israel/Palestine

    Dr. Sarah Marusek, Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg

For further information, contact

Prof. James Dickins: J.Dickins@leeds.ac.uk

Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Leeds

 

All welcome

 

These events are intended to promote civic debate of the issues raised. The views expressed are those of the filmmakers and speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the University of Leeds.


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