Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Centre for African Studies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
Fax: 0113 343 4400

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski

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.

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

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

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 – 

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) – researching African literature, trauma and animism – enrdt@leeds.ac.uk


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