Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

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 Postgraduates

There are a wide range of postgraduates studying and researching African Studies at the University of Leeds.  This page will try to profile some of them and their research, and so is something of a work in progress.  If you are a postgraduate student researching Africa or the African diaspora at Leeds and would like to be added to the list of researchers below please contact us at african-studies@leeds.ac.uk – and also feel free to get in touch with Brendan Lawson, the current LUCAS Postgraduate Representative.   We are in the process of establishing regular formal and informal meet ups to discuss research and other issues, and have organised a seminar around interdisciplinary research on Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 4pm – all postgrads working on Africa at Leeds welcome – please contact Brendan for more information. There is now also a facebook page for LUCAS https://www.facebook.com/LucasatLeeds/

Brendan Lawson (School of Media and Communication) – LUCAS Postgraduate Representative – researching famines and the intersection of humanitarian communication and statistics –  

Ruth Bookbinder (POLIS) – researching business-state relations in South Africa – ptrib@leeds.ac.uk

Sreya Mallika Datta (School of English) – My primary research interests are African literatures, postcolonial thought, and critical theory. My PhD thesis explores the ways in which “community” in West African literatures is a philosophical project, and how as a conceptual category, it articulates the different concerns, modalities, and  ontologies of these literatures – ensmd@leeds.ac.uk

Joshua Doble (School of History) – My research focuses upon decolonisation in Kenya and Northern Rhodesia/Zambia, specifically addressing the changing political and social dynamics of the European settler community from 1960 into the post-colonial period. The particular point of interest is the articulation of race and gender within British and ‘white African’ (post)colonial identity and its interaction with decolonisation – hy07jjbd@leeds.ac.uk

Ganzi M. Isharaza (School of Media and Communication) – My research explores the political economy of International Non-Governmental Organizations’ media production processes and the power relations that exist between their Southern and Northern based Communication Professionals.  I am also involved in the LUCAS African Voices programme – cs10mmi@leeds.ac.uk

Amber Lascelles (School of English).  My thesis focuses on transnational feminism, neoliberalism and the body in the fiction of two Caribbean authors (Dionne Brand and Edwidge Danticat) and two West African authors (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi). My thesis is a cross-cultural exploration of how contemporary black female authors creatively respond to inequality and oppression – enall@leeds.ac.uk

Rebecca Macklin (School of English and 2017-18 Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at Cornell University). My research draws together Indigenous, postcolonial and world literature discourses, to comparatively explore transnational engagements with globalization and literary articulations of decolonial resistance. My thesis focuses on contemporary Native American and South African fiction, including texts by Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Leslie Marmon Silko, Zakes Mda, and K Sello Duiker – en11rejm@leeds.ac.uk

Jethro Norman (School of History). My current PhD research concerns the changing role of non state actors involved in patterns of stabilisation and development, with an empirical focus on the east African region – hy11jn@leeds.ac.uk

Sally Osei-Appiah (School of Media and Communication). My PhD is on media representations of West African female politicians in their local media, using a Multimodal Critical Discourse Analytical approach – mesoa@leeds.ac.uk

Emma Parker (School of English) – My research focuses upon the memoirs and autobiographies of several contemporary female authors writing in aftermath of the British Empire. Exploring the life-writing of Penelope Lively, Janet Frame and Doris Lessing, (who was born and raised in Zimbabwe, then Southern Rhodesia) my PhD examines how their life narratives depict the difficult legacies of British colonialism – 

Ramya Sheni (POLIS) – My PhD is on the effects of war economies on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration focusing on the Niger Delta crisis in Nigeria – pt15rs@leeds.ac.uk

Caitlin Stobie (School of English) – My thesis examines representations of abortion, embodiment, and agency in southern African fiction written during the late twentieth century – ences@leeds.ac.uk

Ryan Topper (School of English) – I recently completed a thesis on trauma theory and animist poetics in African literature – enrdt@leeds.ac.uk

Michael Umameh (School of Education) – researching mathematics education and digital resources – edmau@leeds.ac.uk

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