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

Leeds

Remembering Darcus Howe – film showing of The Mangrove Nine

Remembering Darcus Howe film showing of The Mangrove Nine – Wednesday 28 June, 7.30pm Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3HY

Darcus Howe (1943-2017) was perhaps the most prominent radical black journalist and activist in the post-war period in the UK. He opened the Mandela Centre on Chapeltown Road in Leeds in 1984. This event will discuss his legacy for international politics today.

Darcus made a huge impact when he defended himself in court in 1971 on trumped-up charges against people supporting The Mangrove restaurant in Notting Hill. He became editor of the magazine Race Today in the early 1970s and co-edited (with Tariq Ali) Channel 4’s Bandung File in the 1980s. Later he presented the programme Devil’s Advocate and led documentaries on black Britain. He was a columnist for the New Statesman.

At this event a screening of the documentary film The Mangrove Nine (made by his comrades Franco Rossi and John la Rose, 1974) will be followed by a panel discussion led by Arthur France MBE. Arthur was a friend of Darcus’s. He was a leading figure in the Black Power movement in Leeds in the 1960s and 70s, a founder of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, and he continues to struggle for black people’s rights to justice, equality and education.

Robin Bunce, co-author of the official biography of Darcus Howe, will be on the panel. Details of his book are here http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/darcus-howe-9781849666510/

Darcus, like Arthur, was an advocate for the politics and art of the Trinidad carnival and this event will include a special calypso in tribute to Darcus Howe written by the famous calypsonian Alexander D Great.

The event is free, but a collection will be made. It is sponsored by Leeds Stand Up To Racism, Remember Oluwale, Conversations in Black History (Leeds University) and Leeds TUC.

https://www.facebook.com/events/235013870334194/

 

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Lecturer in African Studies post at the University of Leeds

Lecturer in African Studies

Are you keen to contribute to the development of the North of England’s most vibrant interdisciplinary Centre for African Studies? Are you an academic with proven abilities to carry out research-led teaching in African History, Literary Studies, Politics or Religious Studies? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group University? Do you have an excellent research record and the potential to establish an international reputation?

As Lecturer, you will teach on Leeds University’s Centre for African Studies’ (LUCAS) existing interdisciplinary modules, and on modules within your host School. You will develop new modules, related to your research area, which will enhance the curriculum of your host School, and African Studies more broadly. You will be expected to contribute to LUCAS’s interdisciplinary research culture, through organising events, building relationships with partner organizations, and developing collaborative research funding applications. You will also contribute to the administration and management of LUCAS.

You will have a PhD in African History, Literary Studies, Global Development, International Relations, Politics or Religious Studies (or a related field) alongside a clear plan for future research including the pursuit of research grant income. You will have relevant teaching experience and an enthusiastic approach to teaching African Studies.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Shane Doyle, Director of LUCAS

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3655, email: s.d.doyle@leeds.ac.uk

 

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  Faculty Office
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,956 to £38,183 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (36 Months – due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Monday 10 July 2017
Reference:  AHCFO1010

For more information and to download the application forms please see here

https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=AHCFO1010

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‘A Century of South African Writing’ with Niq Mhlongo

———– NOW UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED ———

‘A Century of South African Writing’ with Niq Mhlongo: Lecture, reading and drinks reception

Originally – Thursday 29 June 2017 – now postponed due to visa issues

For the final Postcolonial and World Literatures event of the year, we are delighted to welcome to Leeds South African writer Niq Mhlongo, author of Dog Eat Dog and Affluenza.  During his visit, Niq will deliver a lecture entitled, ‘A Century of South African Writing: Embedded tropes and emerging motifs in South African literature by black authors’ (the abstract for which can be found below). This will be followed by a reading and Q&A. Born in Soweto in 1973, Niq has been called, “one of the most high-spirited and irreverent new voices of South Africa’s post-apartheid literary scene”. All are welcome to attend. Please contact en11rejm@leeds.ac.uk if you have any queries or visit: https://leedspocoworldlit.wordpress.com.

This event is organised in association with International Writers at Leeds and the Leverhulme Trust project ‘Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism and Nation Building in German and South African Literature‘, led by Professor Stuart Taberner.

 

‘A Century of South African Writing: Embedded Tropes and Emerging Motifs in South African Literature by Black Authors’

Abstract 

One of South Africa’s leading scholars, author, and activist Es’kia Mphahlele argues that: “every writer is a product of his or her own history, and that the writer’s thoughts and feelings can be shaped by events and moments of world history whose impact registers on people as a world community. Thus South African writers cannot escape the influence of the global systems of communication or avoid the country’s historical realities.”

With this as a starting point, my presentation will focus on four periods that I suggest define or characterize the tropes and motifs in South African Literature written by black authors. Firstly, I will look at the period between 1910-1940 to talk about the land and dispossession motif. I will use Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa as an example of a fight against displacement in South African Literature by black authors. Secondly, I will talk about the Drum Era of between 1950-1960: a period of repressive apartheid laws. Here I will use the writings of Es’kia Mphahlele, Can Themba, Nat Nakasa as examples of literature that was inclined to reveal the atrocities committed against black people by the minority apartheid government. The third period is that of the Black Consciousness era of around 1960-1990. I will use the writings of Steve Biko, Matabane, and Wally Serote to show the importance of identity as a major theme during this period. To do this I will also talk about the protest literature that also emerged around that time. Lastly, I will discuss the post-apartheid period which is the generation that I belong to. This generation, liberated from apartheid, focus instead on the challenges that we are facing today in South Africa. I will discuss the themes that this generation of writers engage with, ranging from xenophobia, homophobia, unemployment, service delivery, racism, entrepreneurship, and corruption. I will also argue that themes of land and dispossession are recurring in today’s literature.

Niq Mhlongo was born in 1973 in Soweto, South Africa. He has a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in African Literature and Political Studies and was a 2008 International Writing Program fellow at the University of Iowa. His first novel, Dog Eat Dog, was published by Kwela in 2004 and the Spanish edition was awarded the Mar de Letras prize. Mhlongo has presented his work at key African cultural venues, including the Caine Prize Workshop and the Zanzibar International Film Festival. His work has been translated into Spanish and Italian.

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Mandela – the legacy event – 8 July 2017


Mandela – the legacy – event at RJC Dance, Mandela Centre, Leeds, LS7 3HY Saturday 8 July, 2-4pm – for tickets and more info please contact stef@rjcdance.org.uk

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Debate – how fair is Fairtrade?

The Sustainability Services of the University and Commercial Services  are hosting an interesting debate on the fairness of Fairtrade.

It will be held this Thursday 9 March at 17:00 in the Parkinson Court (Parkinson Building). 

It will be an evening of informal interdisciplinary discussion about Fairtrade and its impact in the world. The fairness of Fairtrade will be examined from legal, economist and theological/philosophical perspectives, focusing on its impact in the Global South and the West. In light of International Women’s Day (8th of March), emphasis will be placed on Fairtrade’s impact on the lives of women.

The event is free and you can register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-debatespeaker-evening-how-fair-is-fairtrade-tickets-32527778461

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Leeds Migration Research Network Annual Invited Lecture

Leeds Migration Research Network Annual Invited Lecture
THURSDAY 2 MARCH 2017 , 4.15pm – 5.45pm (followed by drinks)
Social Sciences Building 12/21-25
Nando Sigona, Within and Beyond Citizenship: Borders, Membership and Belonging
A book talk on the forthcoming volume from Routledge edited by Sigona with Roberto Gonzales
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Within-Beyond-Citizenship-membership-Sociological/dp/1138285528
Nando Sigona is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Policy at University of Birmingham, and deputy director of Institute for Research into Superdiversity. He is one of the editors of The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014) and author (with Alice Bloch and Roger Zetter) of Sans Papiers: The Social and Economic Lives of Undocumented Migrants (Pluto Press, 2014).
On Within and Beyond Citizenship: “This tightly coordinated collection is, effectively, a handbook for the new critical migration studies. Working a rich seam of theoretical analyses on the ambiguities of societal membership faced by migrants and movers, the authors bring the everyday exclusions and resistances of the illegal, the transient and the precarious, to the centre of the very notion of citizenship. Chillingly, they show how, as a vector for sovereign power, national citizenship more often than not is a tool of differentiation, stratification and domination.” [blurb by Adrian Favell]
Co-sponsored with White Rose Research Network ‘Europe, Migration and the New Politics of (In)Security
https://newinsecurities.org/experiencing-insecurities/
(see here for more info on G

 

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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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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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LUCAS Autumn Term Seminar Series 2016

Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Autumn Term Seminar Series – all welcome

 

Roundtable: ‘Remembering Anti-Apartheid Activism in Leeds’

Wednesday 12 October, 5.30pm, Michael Sadler Building LG19.

LUCAS are very proud to host a roundtable of anti-apartheid activists, including members of Leeds Women Against Apartheid, will mark the launch of a new exhibition, ‘Forward to freedom: The history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994’, for Black History Month. Participants include Arthur France MBE, Carole Summerill, Frances Bernstein, Ailsa Swarbrick and Judy Maxwell

 

Dr Alex Vines OBE (Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House), ‘Narratives about Africa’s Future: what role for academics and analysts?’ 

Tuesday 18th October, 5pm, Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre, Leeds University Business School [LUBS]

 

Prof. Howard Stein (University of Michigan),

‘Industrial policy in Africa’  [Joint seminar with LUBS]

Friday 21 October, 3pm, Liberty Building LT 1.28.

 

Dr. Sabrina Parent (Université Libre de Bruxelles),

‘From Senghor to Bouchareb, the living memory of Thiaroye’ [Joint seminar with French]

Monday 24 October, 5pm, Michael Sadler Building LG15.

 

Prof. Ebenezer Obadare (University of Kansas),

‘Man of God, Subject of Veneration: Pastors, Politics, and Changing Forms of Authority in Africa’. 

Wednesday 9 November, 4pm, Baines Wing SR 1.14.

 

YASN Conference at the University of Bradford supported by JEFCAS

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

Friday 18th November 2016, University of Bradford

For more information about this event please see here:

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

 

Frances Bernstein with Free Range choir,

‘Sing Freedom: A story with songs of liberation’  [Tickets £5 / £3].

Tuesday 22 November, 7.30pm, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

For more information about this special event see here:

‘Sing Freedom – a story with songs of liberation’ – Frances Bernstein and Free Range choir

 

For more information, or to join the LUCAS mailing list, please contact  african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

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

 

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