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

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski


Getting published in African Studies workshop

Getting Published in African Studies Workshop

28 November 2016

University of Central Lancashire, Preston

This workshop is part of a series sponsored by the African Studies Association in the UK (ASAUK) and funded by the British Academy. It  brings together journal editors and early career African scholars and postgraduate students involved in or interested in African studies (various fields/disciplines) to work with journal editors with the aim of supporting authors to produce papers that will be ready, or near-ready, for publication. African scholars in the humanities and social sciences often express their frustration at the difficulties they experience in getting their work into publication in internationally recognized journals. Meanwhile, editors of Africanist journals in the UK (and beyond) have struggled to increase the representation of African authors in their publications. Though some journals are assiduous in providing detailed feedback on rejected submissions, this is not universally the case, and a vicious circle develops of high rates of rejection leading to fewer submissions. The workshops are designed to break this circle, to encourage collaborative approaches to getting published as well as making researchers aware of the processes involved in getting an author’s work published particularly in African studies. To register for the workshop, please email the convener Dr. George Ogola (GOOgola@uclan.ac.uk) with an abstract of no more than 500 words of a piece of research in progress. We will cover your accommodation, food and fare.


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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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YASN Workshop on Gender and Sexuality Programme




Grant Room 311 Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds


10.15am Coffee and opening remarks

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


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

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