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

History

​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa

A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa

Friday 23 September. 7.30pm – Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds – to book tickets see here:

https://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/nicholas-wolpe

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2017, in association with the University of Leeds

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Leeds Black History Walk – with Joe Williams (Heritage Corner)

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London Recruits – film trailer

To find out more about this film please see here

http://www.londonrecruits.com/

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LUCAS special offer – VL Allen – The History of Black Mineworkers in South Africa

Thanks to Kate Carey, LUCAS are able to offer a special discount for copies of the late Professor Vic Allen’s classic work The History of Black Mineworkers in South Africa:

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Copies of this 3-volume study are available at greatly reduced prices (UK p&p free)

Vol I: Mining in South Africa and the Genesis of Apartheid, 1871-1948     £10

Vol II: Apartheid Repression and Dissent in the Mines, 1948-1982            £10

Vol III: Organise or Die, 1982-1994                                                         £10

Set of 3 volumes     £25

To order / for payment details, please email LUCAS: african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

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CfP: Caribbean Carnival Cultures

Call for Papers – Caribbean Carnival Cultures

The Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival will be hosting an international conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures on 19 – 21 May, 2017.

This conference will coincide with the fiftieth year of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, the oldest Caribbean-style street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans. The keynote speaker for the conference will be internationally renowned Trinidadian Carnival Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor and Director Tony Hall.

The conference will bring together researchers, participants, costume designers, musicians, filmmakers and founder members of the Caribbean carnival in the UK and internationally to gather in Leeds to showcase and analyse the phenomenal people’s art of carnival.

Call for Papers

The Centre for Culture and the Arts is open to ideas and suggestions regarding contributions for the conference. These may take the form (but are not limited to) papers, panels, workshops and exhibitions. The exact structure of the conference will be shaped by the following topics. We are particularly interested in discussing the exceptional fusion of art, politics, pleasure and play that carnival represents. Some of the key areas we hope to cover are:

  • The relationship between carnival and diasporic identities.
  • The cultural history of Caribbean carnival in the UK.
  • Carnival and the politics of emancipation and practices of resistance.
  • Transcultural relationships between UK and global Caribbean carnivals.
  • Carnival and the body.
  • Carnival as a site for conviviality, pleasure and social cohesion.
  • The commercialisation of carnival.
  • Intergenerational relationships and carnival practices.

We invite submissions of abstracts of no more than 250 words for suggested papers, panels, workshops or exhibitions. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and can address the themes outlined above, but we also welcome proposals that fall outside the list of topics. Complete panels should consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of four presenters. Academic presentations will be 20 minutes long. Abstracts should be submitted along with a short bio of no more than 150 words to Danielle Hall, Conference Administrator at d.hall@leedsbeckett.ac.uk by 1 June 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you and coming together in celebration of international Caribbean carnival cultures.

Best Wishes

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and Professor Max Farrar.

 

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CfP: Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and after Empire

The Fourth Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium

‘Postcolonial Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in and after Empire’

University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, June 17th 2016, in association with the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Culture and the Arts. Co-organised by Dr Matthew Whittle, Dr Rachel Bower, Dr Jonathan Saha and Dr Emily Zobel Marshall with NPN

FREE Attendance

Call for Papers: Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Roundtable

The Fourth Biannual Northern Postcolonial Network Symposium will concentrate on the topic of ‘Postcolonial Education’. Taking place on Friday 17th June 2016, at theRose Bowl (5th Floor, Room 513) the day will bring together academic and non-academic audiences to debate the current and very pressing issues of teaching, learning and schooling in and after Empire. The focus is therefore on conversation rather than on the delivery of formal academic papers. The one-day symposium encourages educators and students – both broadly defined – to reflect on issues of teaching postcolonial histories and literatures in schools, universities, activist networks, and community organisations. Building on current debates about ‘decolonising education’ (evident in the Rhodes Must Fall and Why Is My Curriculum White? campaigns) we will explore the formative role of education during colonial rule and in postcolonial contexts through a set of interactive roundtables and workshops. Contributors are encouraged to think through the continuities and breaks with the past, and the implications of this for addressing issues such as race and migration in teaching, student experiences and/or the development of curriculum today.

The conference is particularly keen to facilitate wider and more inclusive forms of participation than traditional academic conferences. To this end, postgraduate and early career researchers, educators outside of higher education, community activists, as well as creative performers, will be key participants. We can also confirm that there will be a screening of the film Sugar Cane Alley, which is based on the autobiographical book by the Martican writer Joseph Zobel. This will be accompanied by an introduction and Q&A with Zobel’s granddaughter, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall.  Additional confirmed contributors include Dr Claire Chambers (York)Dr Kate Houlden (Anglia Ruskin) and Dr Sarah Lawton Welsh (York St John).

We warmly invite postgraduates and early career researchers to submit a 200-word abstract for a short piece of work to be discussed as part of a roundtable at the start of the symposium. Priority will be given to proposals that speak to the symposium topics and that keep a public audience in mind. To reap the full benefits of discussion on the day, full versions of papers (up to 1500 words) will be circulated to attendees three weeks prior to the symposium. For the roundtable itself, each presenter will prepare a brief (5-minute) introduction based on the pre-circulated piece.

Please submit a paper proposal of 200 words to the symposium organisers at northernpoconetwork@gmail.com by Friday 25th March 2016.

Notices of acceptance: Friday 25th April 2016

Deadline for full papers: Friday 20th May 2016 (up to 1500 words)

Full papers pre-circulated: Friday 3rd June 2016

Events

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Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

A screening of the award-winning documentary Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara.

award-winning documentary poster

 

Date: 17 March 2016
Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Room: B.10 Parkinson Building, Leeds University

Most people think that colonialism in Africa is ended. But in Western Sahara, the end of Spanish rule gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. Over four decades later, the world continues to look the other way as the Saharawi people face arrests, torture and disappearances for demanding their independence.

Join us in Parkinson Building, room B.10 for a screening of the documentary “Life is Waiting” (mainly in Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles) to hear from an incredible cast of Saharawi cultural activists and artists about their non-violent resistance to military occupation. Afterwards, there will be a talk and Q&A with a Saharawi cultural activist.

For more information please email Joanna Allan at jhm3jca@leeds.ac.uk

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/events/event/3101/life_is_waiting_referendum_and_resistance_in_western_sahara

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The Battle of Algiers – film screening and roundtable

The Battle of Algiers
[screening and round table]

March the 2nd at 5 pm
Phil Taylor Cinema
School of Media and Communication [2nd floor – room 2.13] Clothworkers’ Building North- (building 56 on Campus Map)
University of Leeds

(w/ English subtitles)

Originally banned in France, this 1966 Italian-Algerian historical war film depicts the Algerian War (1954–62) against the French government in North Africa. The film concentrates on the years between 1954 and 1957 when the guerrilla fighters regrouped and expanded into the Casbah, which was met by French paratroopers attempting to regain territory. The film is followed by a discussion and analysis of the relevance of this film in current times.

Round table with:
Alan O’Leary
Associate Professor and Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and author of the forthcoming book The Battle of Algiers.
Salman Sayyid
Reader at the School Sociology and Social Policy and author of the books A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of Islamism and Recalling the Caliphate.

More about the film:
Original title: La Battaglia di Algeri [معركة الجزائر‎; La Bataille d’Alger] Italy/Algeria – 1966 – 121 min. – B&W – 1.85:1 – French, Arabic
Directed by: Gillo Pontecorvo
Written by: Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas
Music by: Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
Cinematography: Marcello Gatti
Edited by: Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/134274127

Admission is free but due to copyright restrictions is only open to university staff and students.

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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
http://lucas.leeds.ac.uk/events/

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American Research events at Leeds University

Some upcoming seminars / lectures of interest at Leeds University

Wednesday January 27th
Zoe Trodd (University of Nottingham)
Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century
Grant Room, Michael Sadler Building, 3-5 pm

Zoe Trodd is Professor of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham, founding co-director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights,. Her focus is the history, literature and visual culture of protest movements, especially antislavery. She is the author of many books including American Protest Literature and Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American details available here:
http://www.zoetrodd.com/books.html

Thursday February 18th
Julio Decker (University of Sussex)
Imperial Infrastructures: German and American railroads in Namibia and the Philippines
Grant Room, Michael Sadler Building, 5-7 pm

Wednesday March 9th
Gary Gerstle – Race & Resistance Annual Lecture
Race and Nation in the Age of Obama
Michael Sadler Building, room LG19, 6-8 pm

CERS 2016 Lecture in Celebration of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent
Professor Paul C Taylor
Penn State University

Title: Facing Ferguson- Reflecting on Racial Innocence

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown and Darren Wilson met on a street in Ferguson, Missouri. A short time later one of them was dead, the other was mired in controversy, and this town had become an emblem for the complex tangle of issues that roils the politics of racialized states. How do we position ourselves to face these issues productively and intelligently?
I will argue that facing Ferguson means refusing the seductions of racial innocence. I will develop the notion of racial innocence from its roots in the work of James Baldwin, and then draw out some implications for contemporary democratic politics. The main suggestion will be that one form of racial innocence leads to the temptation of despair, and that we can only understand this temptation, and prepare to resist it, by shifting our focus from spectacular violence to persistent vulnerability.
Date: Thursday, 10th March
Place: Room 12.25, Social Sciences Building
Time: 5-7 pm

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