Events

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On 28 October 2021, Adriaan van Klinken will deliver his inaugural lecture as Professor of Religion and African Studies, under the title “Reimagining Christianity and Sexual Diversity in Africa”. The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (PRHS) and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) are delighted to announce the inaugural professorial…
This webinar builds on the recent LUCAS Sadler Series on ‘African Knowledges for Global Challenges’.  This series of events sought to place African scholars and knowledges are the forefronts of articulating and responding to global challenges.  On the eve of COP26, we turn our attention to African perspectives on climate change, and how global responses…

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Presenters: Evelyn Nwachukwu Urama and Brendon Nicholls Hosted on Zoom https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/j/85856626936?pwd=dXo5THdUK1E3WTYxbUI1T09WSm5ldz09 Presentation 1, by Dr Evelyn Urama (Department of English and Literary Studies, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria & LUCAS/LAHRI Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds) Africa formerly had organized cultural and leadership systems that promoted communal life where everyone was…
Professor Grace Musila (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) will deliver the Leeds University Centre for African Studies annual lecture of the academic year 2020-21. The lecture is co-organised with the “Language in Africa” (LIA) special interest group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) as part of its 2021 annual conference about “African Languages…
On 20th May, we have the eighth seminar in the Sadler series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”. In this last seminar of the academic year, we will take stock of our conversations so far, identify emerging questions of common interests, and discuss how to further develop collaborative work in this area. We will specifically look…
On 29 April, we have the seventh seminar in the Sadler seminar series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”. This seminar focuses on the theme “African Knowledges of Community and Belonging”, and the following three presenters will address this topic from their own PhD research projects: Sreya Datta (English): “Critical Affiliation in Sefi Atta’s Swallow: Female…
Tuesday 20 April 2021  |  14:00 – 15:30 BST  |  Online Despite its low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change and already the region is experiencing disproportionate impacts. Collaborative research initiatives will play an important role in driving innovation of climate-resilient solutions. In the run up to the COP26,…
Abstract Ghanaian Folk Opera, arguably one of the country’s most successful musical art forms, was invented by Saka Acquaye (1923-2007) in response to Kwame Nkrumah’s Cultural Renaissance and nation building agenda. Between 1960 and the late 1980s, when the first and last of his 10 operas were written and performed, a number of Saka Acquaye’s…
On 18 March, we have the sixth seminar in the Sadler seminar series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”. Under the theme “African Knowledges of Water and Environment”, three presenters will give short presentations of their work in progress on understandings and issues of water and environment in African contexts: Anna Mdee (POLIS): “Customary and ‘Modern’…
Documentary film screening: Maternal health in Kenya Wednesday 3 March, 7:30PM (UK time) Online via MS Teams – please click the link to join. Sunset at Dawn is a half hour documentary film, made by a team of African and European film makers (William Nyerere Plastow, Simon Peter Otieno, Jane Plastow and Tina Tschismarov) investigating why…
On 18 February, we have the fifth seminar in the Sadler seminar series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”. Under the theme “African Knowledges of Cities”, three presenters will give short presentations of their work in progress on understandings of urban space and culture in African contexts: Benjamin Kirby (PRHS): “Urban knowledges and registers of knowability…
On 21 January, we have the fourth seminar in the Sadler seminar series “African Knowledges for Global Challenges”. Under the theme “African Knowledges of Health”, three presenters will give short presentations of their work in progress on understandings and issues of health in African contexts:   Abel Ugba (Sociology): “Healing in the Diaspora: Untangling African…