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

Seminars

Jacqueline Rose and Chiara de Cesari speaking

Jacqueline Rose: “The Legacy” &

Chiara de Cesari: “Impossible Memories: On the Predicament of Creating Palestinian National Museums”

 

Wednesday 29 March 2017, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, 5-6.30p.m

 

We are delighted to host Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities at Birkbeck University, and Chiara de Cesari, Assistant Professor of European Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. They will be speaking as part of the Sadler Seminar Series “Confronting Traumatic Pasts: Between the Local and the Global.” This is an interdisciplinary research initiative that investigates the memory cultures connecting us to traumatic historical events.

 

Jacqueline Rose will be speaking about the legacy of apartheid in contemporary South Africa:

 

What is the legacy of a brutal political past?  How does it pass down through the generations?  At a time of persistent, or even growing, race, gender and class discrimination and inequality, what does it mean to tell the young that they have been born free into a new world? In this lecture Jacqueline Rose turns to South Africa to argue that, far from lifting the weight of history, such expectations lay an impossible burden on the children of the nation. Drawing on the living archive of the recent University protests, on radical South African thinkers, alongside other voices from across the world who have struggled with a cruel history, she suggests that only a continuous reckoning with the past, however agonised, can forge a path towards a better, more just, future.

 

Chiara de Cesari will be speaking about “Impossible Memories: On the Predicament of Creating Palestinian National Museums”:

 

In this talk, I explore the peculiar history of museums in post-Oslo Palestine and especially the story of the Palestinian Museum. I explore the ways in which the Palestinian quasi-state, the Palestinian Authority, has tried but failed thus far to create a national museum as a key institution of national representation. Instead, Palestinian artists and cultural producers have experimented with different museum formats, creating virtual museums and nomadic museums in exile, thus producing national institutions in transnational spaces.

 

All are warmly invited.

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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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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 Tara Deubel on Conserving Sahrawi Culture – 5 December

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Seminar – 5 December

Conserving Sahrawi Culture: Language, Arts, and Identity Amidst Political Uncertainty in the Western Sahara

Dr Tara Deubel, University of South Florida, will be discussing how Saharawi communities preserve identity and community through the arts in the face of uncertainty and change.

Date: 05-12-2016
Time: 17:30 – 19:00

In the context of the protracted conflict over the Western Sahara following Spain’s decolonisation of the territory in 1975, Sahrawis have witnessed numerous political and social ruptures in recent decades. What processes have affected the cultural identity of Sahrawis affected by the politics of Moroccan integration in Western Sahara and the vulnerability of refugee status in Algeria under the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) government-in-exile? How do populations in persistent states of occupation, exile, and political instability accomplish the work of cultural conservation? Based on ethnographic research with Sahrawi communities on both sides of the divide, this talk focuses on several aspects of contemporary conservation efforts, including the maintenance of Hassaniya language, preference for traditional dress styles, and the performance of Sahrawi music and oral poetry in Hassaniya and Spanish. I argue that cultural conservation efforts serve as a central strategy in promoting larger Sahrawi political projects of resistance and autonomy.

Location: Parkinson SR B.10 – free

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/events/event/3416/conserving_sahrawi_culture_language_arts_and_identity_amidst_political_uncertainty_in_the_western_sahara

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Migration Research Network seminar

The second event of the Leeds Migration Research Network/Sadler Series Seminar 2016-17 ‘Who/What is a ‘Good’/’Bad’ Migrant?’

Wednesday, 2 November between 12 and 1.30pm

Venue: LHRI – Seminar Room 1

This seminar will feature state-of-the-art short presentations on key methodological concerns in various disciplines regarding studying the question of how “migrants” are conceptualised, classified, categorised and evaluated as differential objects of policy and public discourse, followed by discussion.

CHRIS PATERSON : Media / Communications; GABRIELLA ALBERTI (with CHRIS FORDE) : Policy / Law; ROXANA BARBULESCU : Politics/Sociology; ADRIAN FAVELL: Chair / Introduction.

The event will be followed by a Network Business Meeting, 2-3pm in LHRI seminar room 2.

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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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Steven Pierce on State Formation & Political Cultures in Nigeria

Postcolonial Cultures of Corruption Seminar, Leeds Humanities Research Institute Seminar Room 2, 4-6pm, Tuesday 25 October

For our inaugural seminar we are delighted to be able to invite Dr Steven Pierce from the University of Manchester for a discussion of his recent ground-breaking book on the history of corruption in Nigeria, Moral Economies of Corruption: State Formation & Political Cultures in Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2016). Using ethnographic and historical methods the book offers an innovative approach to studying corruption, so often an elusive object to study.

The book is open access and can be accessed here: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/ku01.r2_106

All welcome!

Jonathan Saha

(j.saha@leeds.ac.uk)

William Gould

(w.r.gould@leeds.ac.uk)

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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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