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 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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Leeds African Studies Bulletin 77 – list of contents

Leeds African Studies Bulletin
Number 77 Winter 2015-16

Contents
Introduction
Notes on Contributors
LUCAS News, Reports and People
The LUCAS Book Distribution Scheme
LUCAS Seminars
The LUCAS Schools Project
Yorkshire African Studies Network

Departmental Reports
School of Earth and Environment
School of English/Workshop Theatre
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
School of History
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
School of Media and Communication
Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
School of Politics and International Studies

Tribute

Professor Vic Allen (by Alex Beresford)

Articles 

Narcissus and Other Pall-Bearers: Morbidity as Ideology
Wole Soyinka

Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialism: Neoliberalism, government 
and civil society in South Africa
Emma Camp

Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) in Somalia 
since the End of the Cold War: Historical and Theoretical Implications
Jethro Norman

Remembering the Fifth Pan-African Congress 
Christian Høgsbjerg

Book Reviews

Building a Peaceful Nation: Julius Nyerere and the establishment of
sovereignty in Tanzania, 1960-1964. Paul Bjerk.
(Reviewed by Jane Plastow)

Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite.
Terri Ochiagha,
(Reviewed by Jane Plastow)

Mandela: My prisoner, My friend. Christo Brand with Barbara Jones.
(Reviewed by Ruth Daly)

Zimbabwe: challenging the stereotypes. Robert Mshengu Kavanagh.
(Reviewed by Jack Mapanje)

Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology.
Isidore Okpewho.
(Reviewed by Rachel Bower)

[This issue of the Bulletin is now uploaded online – see here – for more info or to propose contributions for future volumes please email african-studies@leeds.ac.uk]

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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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Poverty, Inc.: Film showing and discussion

Poverty, Inc – fighting poverty is big business – but who profits the most?

Film Showing and discussion of Poverty, Inc

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

Wednesday 27 April, 5.30pm, Leeds University Business School Maurice Keyworth LT (G.02)
Film showing and post-film discussion organised by Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) with The Global Native (Leeds-based NGO) – all welcome – admission £5 (costs help contribute towards The Global Native’s development work in Zimbabwe).

 

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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.

Speakers
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
WHEN
Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 13:00 to 17:00 (BST) – Add to Calendar
WHERE
University of Leeds – Old Mining Building, room G.19. Woodhouse lane. Leeds LS2 9JT GB – Register at this link here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/religion-homosexuality-and-lgbt-rights-in-africa-symposium-tickets-21630672925?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing

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Slave Rebellions or Actions of War? Understanding West African Armed Resistance in Bahia and Cuba, 1807-1844 – Manuel Barcia

Professor Manuel Barcia’s Inaugural Lecture.

"Slave Rebellions or Actions of War

Date: 10-03-2016
Time: 17:00 – 18:00

This lecture will examine how a series of historical events that occurred in West Africa from the mid-1790s – including Afonja’s rebellion, the Owu wars, the Fulani-led jihad, and the migrations to Egbaland – had an impact upon life in cities and plantations in Bahia, Brazil and western Cuba during the first half of the nineteenth century. Why did these two geographical areas serve as the theatre for the uprising of the Nagos, the Lucumis, and other West African men and women? To understand why these two areas followed such similar social patterns it is essential to look across the Atlantic and to centre the focus on the African side of the story. The lecture will also raise the broader issue of how can American, Latin American and Caribbean historians make a better use of African history and historical sources to illuminate their subjects of study.

The lecture will be followed by a reception at The Terrace Bar from 6pm to 8pm. Please RSVP to LCSResearch@leeds.ac.uk  for catering purposes.

Location: Clothworkers South Lecture Theatre 3
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/events/event/3121/slave_rebellions_or_actions_of_war_understanding_west_african_armed_resistance_in_bahia_and_cuba_1807-1844

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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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YASN Workshop on Gender and Sexuality Programme

YORKSHIRE AFRICAN STUDIES NETWORK (YASN) 

WORKSHOP ON GENDER AND SEXUALITY

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, THURSDAY 14 JANUARY 2016

Grant Room 311 Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

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10.15am Coffee and opening remarks

Session 1: 10.30-12.30 RHETORIC AND REPRESENTATION
Manel Zouabi (Centre for Women’s Studies, York), Post-revolutionary Tunisia: sexualizing women-political activists in digital media
Brendon Nicholls (English, Leeds), Ken Saro-Wiwa, Heteronormativity and Gender Politics
Shane Doyle (History, Leeds), STD campaigns and sexual morality in East Africa

Lunch 12.30-1.30pm

Session 2: 1.30-3.30pm NORMS AND DISSONANCE
Bev Orton (Criminology and Criminal Justice, Hull), So what’s New?: Sex and sexuality in post-apartheid South Africa
Jane Plastow (English, Leeds) and Katie McQuaid (Geography, Leeds), In search of the Frierean ‘plenitude of the praxis’ of action and reflection for women from Walukuba: thinking through an activist approach using theatre and ethnography
Will Jackson (History, Leeds), Queering the family in segregation-era South Africa

3.30pm Closing remarks
Adriaan van Klinken (Theology and Religious Studies, Leeds), New directions in the study of African sexuality

To download a programme please go to here: YASN Gender and Sexuality PROGRAMME

ALL WELCOME, BUT PLEASE RESERVE A PLACE WITH LUCAS african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

For more details on YASN, see here: http://lucas.leeds.ac.uk/yasn/

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