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

LUCAS Postgraduate Race workshop

LUCAS Postgraduate Race Workshop 

Monday 5 February, 5-7pm, Workshop Theatre

DO YOU IDENTIFY AS A BLACK AND/OR AFRICAN POSTGRADUATE STUDYING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS IN THE FACULTIES OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND CULTURES AND EDUCATION OR IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND LAW?

WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN MEETING WITH OTHERS FROM A SIMILAR BACKGROUND TO DISCUSS THE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES OF YOUR EXPERIENCE AT LEEDS IN A FRIENDLY, CONFIDENTIAL SETTING?

LUCAS (Leeds University Centre for African Studies) is conducting confidential research into the experiences of black and/or African post-graduates studying at the University and would like to invite you to a workshop/discussion as co-investigators to understand how well you feel you are supported, academically and pastorally, while studying in Leeds. To begin this process we are inviting you to a two hour workshop on

Monday 5th February, from 5-7pm in the Workshop Theatre.

The workshop will give you an opportunity to meet others in different Schools, to exchange views, take part in some ice-breaking workshop activities, discuss and partake of some light refreshments. Nothing said in the workshop will be recorded and it will be entirely confidential. It will also be up to those attending to decide if further meetings or activities will be helpful. LUCAS staff; Richard Borowski, Jane Plastow, Akin Iwilade and Winnie Bedigen will be working with you to facilitate open and productive debate.

If you would like to attend there is no need to register, just turn up on the day. However, if you would like to ask anything more about the workshop feel free to email Jane Plastow at j.e.plastow@leeds.ac.uk.

The Workshop Theatre is just near the main entrance to the University on Woodhouse Lane (number 61 on the campus map). As you come in at the side of the Parkinson steps the first building on the other side of the road is a large ex-church, The Emmanuel Institute. The next building as you walk into the campus is what looks like a smaller stone church but over the door it says WORKSHOP THEATRE. Come in and go upstairs to the first floor studio. (Don’t worry it’s not an acting session!)

ALL WELCOME

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LUCAS Spring Seminar series 2018

 

Professor Birgit Meyer (Utrecht) – ‘Studying Religion in and from Africa’.

[Co-sponsor – Centre for Religion and Public Life]

Thursday 25 January, 5pm, Parkinson Building B.09

 

 

David Clayton (York), ‘Development and

Decolonisation? Radio Broadcasting in Northern Rhodesia, 1942-1953’

Monday 5 February, 5pm, Michael Sadler Building 311

 

Akin Iwilade (LUCAS), ‘Everyday youth mobilisations in the Nigerian oil delta’

Friday 2 March, 5pm, Michael Sadler Building 311

 

Branwyn Poleykett (Cambridge), ‘Visual materials and public health in Africa: Healing, Holism and the Image World of Senegalese Hygiene’

This has been cancelled – we hope to rearrange this in the Autumn 2018 term at a date TBC – apologies

 

Winnie Bedigen (Leeds), ‘Youth (Monyomiji) and Conflict Resolution in South Sudan’

Tuesday 24 April, 5pm, Michael Sadler Building LG.17

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

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

 

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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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