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

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski

Book Launch

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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Hugo Radice – Global Capitalism

Hugo Radice  –  Global Capitalism  


7.30 – 9.30 pm, Tuesday 5 April 2016


Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD


In this talk Hugo Radice will outline the causes and consequences of the ‘globalisation’ of capitalism. He will argue that globalisation, when considered together with the revival of liberal economic thinking, has transformed relations between business, organised labour and the state. It has also reshaped the relation of citizens to the state, contributing to the decay of democratic politics in general, and the politics of the left in particular. We need a root-and-branch renewal based on collective action and moral purpose, directed towards social and environmental needs.


Hugo Radice taught at the University of Leeds from 1978-2008. He is a political economist, working mainly on global capitalism, and on the theory and practice of socialism. He rejoined the Labour Party in 2013 and is currently Secretary of the Dales Labour Party in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire. He has contributed essays to Socialist Register as well as many academic journals and books.


Food and drink are available at Seven Arts.

Copies of Hugo’s recent collection of essays, Global Capitalism (Routledge 2014) will be available for purchase.

There will be an admission charge of £4 per person, to cover the cost of hiring the venue and speakers’ expenses.


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Alex Beresford on South Africa’s Political Crisis

South Africa’s Political Crisis: Unfinished Liberation and Fractured Class Struggles

Book Launch and LUCAS seminar with Alexander Beresford

Thursday 3 March, 4–5.30pm, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, LG 19 – all welcome

South Africa’s long road to political freedom reflects only a partial freedom and an unfinished project of liberation. The country remains one of the most unequal on earth and is experiencing unprecedented levels of protest and industrial action. South Africa’s powerful and globally revered trade unions are currently playing a central role in what are the most significant political upheavals since the transition to democracy. The alliance between the unions and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is in crisis, while the unions themselves are beset by volatile internecine infighting that threatens to tear the labour movement apart. The unions therefore stand at an organisational and political crossroads. Which path they take bears huge significance for South Africa’s future, as well as how we understand the role that trade unions can play in global struggles for social justice in the era of neoliberal globalisation. Through original ethnographic insights this book investigates which political direction South Africa is moving in at this pivotal moment in the country’s history. It contributes to the African Studies and Political Science scholarship on nationalist movements and African trade unions, while also offering new perspectives on labour activism and the strategic dilemmas confronting movements on a global scale.

For more on the book see here

Alexander Beresford is Lecturer in the Politics of African Development at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His work examines contemporary South African politics. He has previously published a range of articles on issues including patronage politics, crony capitalism, nationalism and labour politics in the post-apartheid era.

Download the poster for the event here: AlexBeresfordBookLaunch

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Religion, Homosexuality and LGBT Rights in Africa Symposium

Religion, Homosexuality and LGBT Rights in Africa Symposium
University of Leeds, 7 April, 1pm

This symposium celebrates the launch of two book volumes, co-edited by Ezra Chitando and Adriaan van Klinken, and published with Ashgate in spring 2016:
Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa.
Christianity and Controversies over Homosexuality in Africa.

Dr Barbara Bompani, University of Edinburgh
Prof Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe
Rev Jide Macaulay, House of Rainbow Ministries
Dr Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds
Dr Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow
Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 13:00 to 17:00 (BST) – Add to Calendar
University of Leeds – Old Mining Building, room G.19. Woodhouse lane. Leeds LS2 9JT GB – Register at this link here:


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Upcoming LUCAS seminars / events 2016

James Morris (York), ‘The Orchestra on the Titanic? Oxfam in Kenya, 1963-2002’.
Tuesday 2 February, 4-5.30pm (Michael Sadler LG10)

Alex Beresford (Leeds), ‘South Africa’s Political Crisis: Unfinished Liberation and Fractured Class Struggles’.
Thursday 3 March, 4–5.30pm (seminar and book launch) (Michael Sadler LG 19)

For more details, please see the LUCAS events page or contact african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

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