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

LUCAS

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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LUCAS Bulletin 78

Exciting news – Leeds African Studies Bulletin 78 is back from the printers –  and is now online here – for a list of the contents see below:

Contents

Introduction                                                                                                          

Notes on Contributors                                                                                         

LUCAS News, Reports and People                                                                                                                                    

Departmental Reports

Articles                                                                                                               

  The Problem with Theatre for Development in contemporary Malawi              

Zindaba Chisiza

 

  The Conceptualisation of Women in the Islamist Discourse on Facebook in Tunisia

Manel Zouabi

 

  The Archetypal Search for Kainene: Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, the Nigerian State and the Lost Biafran Dream

Abayomi Awelewa

 

  Re-thinking the Calabash; Yoruba Women as Containers: Deconstructing Gender in Yoruba Society Using the Calabash

as a Metaphor for Women as Containers of their own Gendered Identity

Emma Rice

 

Cities in Focus: Leeds and Africa

 The Leeds Black History Walk: An Interview with Joe Williams                        

Joe Williams and Christian Høgsbjerg

 

Materials relating to Africa at the Leeds Library                                              

Martin Banham

 

Why does a Nigerian Vagrant who drowned in Leeds, England, in 1969 Matter? Remembering David Oluwale

Max Farrar

 

Book Reviews                                                                                                           

Birth of a Dream Weaver. A Memoir of a Writer’s Awakening.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o. (Reviewed by Martin Banham)                                          

 

Migrants, Borders and Global Capitalism: West African labour mobility and EU borders. Hannah Cross.

(Reviewed by Peter Lawrence)

 

African Migrations: Patterns and Perspectives.

Abdoulaye Kane and Todd H. Leedy (editors)

(Reviewed by Peter Lawrence)

 

The Politics of Chieftaincy: Authority and Property in Colonial Ghana, 1920-1950. Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch.

(Reviewed by John Nott)

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Finding Africa – African Feminisms seminar series 2017

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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 Alex Vines OBE (Chatham House) on ‘Narratives about Africa’s Future’

Video of Dr Alex Vines OBE

LUCAS and the Centre for Global Development were delighted to host Dr Alex Vines OBE (Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House), who spoke at the University of Leeds on ‘Narratives about Africa’s Future: what role for academics and analysts?’ on Tuesday 18th October – you can watch the video of his talk at this link here

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Forward to freedom exhibition in Leeds for Black History Month

Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) is proud to host Forward to freedom, an exhibition on the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994, for Black History Month in Leeds.

Campaigners in Leeds gather to show their support for the anti-apartheid movement (Photo courtesy of Dr Salim Essop – please acknowledge if reproduced).

The Forward to freedom exhibition tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.

In 1959 the Boycott Movement called for a boycott of South African produce. It grew into a movement of hundreds and thousands of people, campaigning for sanctions against South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela.  The exhibition is part of an education project set up by the Anti-Apartheid Archives Committee that includes an archival website and learning resources. For more information about the AAM please see www.aamarchives.org and for more information on the struggle to overcome the legacies of apartheid in South Africa today please contact Action for South Africa (ACTSA) www.actsa.org

The Forward to freedom exhibition will be displayed initially in the Turberville Foyer, School of History, Third floor of the Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds from 10-14 October.

It will then move to the Leslie Silver Building outside the Sheila Silver Library at Leeds Beckett University (city campus) from 17-21 October.

aambeckett

It will then go to Chapeltown Library, The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road Leeds LS7 3EX from 31 October to 11 November.

There is also material relating to Leeds Women Against Apartheid on display at the exhibition  throughout October for Black History Month, and the main archive of Leeds Women Against Apartheid can be found in the Special Collections of Brotherton Library.

LUCAS is also very proud to host a roundtable to mark the official Leeds launch of the exhibition:

‘Remembering Anti-Apartheid Activism in Leeds’
Wednesday 12 October, 5.30pm, Michael Sadler Building LG19, University of Leeds. Participants include Arthur France MBE, Carole Summerill, and members of Leeds Women Against Apartheid including Frances Bernstein, Ailsa Swarbrick and Judy Maxwell. All welcome.

LUCAS are also very proud to be hosting a production of Frances Bernstein and the Free Range choir’s ‘Sing Freedom: A story with songs of liberation’ on Tuesday 22 November at 7.30pm, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds. 12 Cavendish Rd, Leeds LS2 9JT [Tickets £5/£3], and we hope to have the Forward to freedom exhibition on display for a final time in Leeds at that event as well.

For more information, please contact african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

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Finding Africa seminar series 2016-17 CfP: African Feminisms

Finding Africa 2016/17 (UK) – African Feminisms

African feminisms have, from the beginning, been grounded in an inclusive and intersectional discourse which seeks to challenge and unravel patriarchal, political, existential, and philosophical imbalances in society. As such they have been instrumental in bringing into question some of the ‘blind spots’ and prejudices embedded in Western feminisms. In light of current debates on decolonisation and the continued interest in intersectional politics in the global sphere, Finding Africa invites researchers to propose papers which centre on the theme of African feminisms in any field of the humanities.

Accepted submissions from the UK will comprise the lineup of the next round of seminars co-hosted with the University of Leeds’ Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) in 2017. A second call for submissions from South Africa will be made shortly.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Intersectionality and African Feminisms

Womanism in Contemporary African Feminism

The Future of African Feminisms

Human Rights and African Feminism

African Feminisms and Curricula

Contemporary African Feminisms

African Feminisms in the West

Philosophy and African Feminisms

African Feminist Manifestos

The Psychology of African Feminisms

African Feminist Literature

African Feminisms and Disability

Guide for authors:

All submissions should be 250 word abstracts in Word format emailed to findingpocoafrica@gmail.com by 20 November 2016.

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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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Jörg Wiegratz and David Whyte on how neoliberalism’s moral order feeds fraud and corruption

Crossposted from here

In a recent article on The Conversation, and  argue that corporate fraud is not just present, but is widespread in many neoliberalised economies of both income-rich and income-poor countries. They highlight Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal as perhaps the most recent and most startling example, but say that the automobile industry is only one of many sectors, including banking and the arms industry, where scandals have become commonplace. Certain practices and norms that many people in the global North considered shocking only a while ago have become routine in public life.

David Whyte and Jörg Wiegratz are editors of Neoliberalism and the Moral Economy of Fraud, published by Routledge this month. Contributors are from a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology and political science, social policy and economics. There are three Africa specific chapters: ‘Entrepreneurialism, Corruption and Moral Order in the Criminal Justice System of the Democratic Republic of Congo’, by Maritza Felices-Luna (Ottawa); ‘Murder for gain: Commercial insurance and moralities in South Africa’, by Erik Bähre (Leiden), and ‘Seeking God’s Blessings: Pentecostal Religious Discourses, Pyramidal Schemes and Money Scams in the Southeast of Benin Republic’, by Sitna Quiroz (Durham). Other chapters have country case studies from Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  For interested readers: the introduction of the book ‘Neoliberalism, Moral economy and Fraud’ is available for free on the book website (see Look Inside function). Routledge has offered a 20% discount up to the end of the year (code: FLR40) for individuals purchasing print copies via the publisher’s website.

LUCAS and POLIS provided financial support to the international workshop in Leeds which led to the production of this book.

Read The Conversation article here.

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