Events

The Leeds University Centre for African Studies is excited to announce that Dr Jones Adu-Gyamfi will be visiting the University on 17th October to deliver a seminar entitled ‘Political patronage and youth empowerment: examining young entrepreneurs’ access to micro-finance in Ghana’.  As always, our seminars are free to attend and all are welcome. There is…
We are pleased to invite you to this GCRF-AFRICAP knowledge-sharing seminar organised jointly with the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS):   Guest speaker: Dr Pedi Obani, Research Fellow in the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) Title: Individual adaptation strategies to flooding in a low income urban setting…
You are warmly invited to join us at the Cheney Public Lecture, which will be given by Dr Benjamin Lamptey, Leeds Cheney Fellow and Co-I on GCRF African-SWIFT.   From Extreme Weather to Climate Change in Africa Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 Michael Sadler Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre 7pm   Please register at this link.  …
Maternal health was key to the development of medical systems across East Africa in the mid twentieth century. But in recent decades it has been neglected, or used as a vehicle to achieve other health-related goals. Maternal mortality ratios, which fell rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, have since stagnated at a high level. Relations…
Book launch Kenyan, Christian, Queer The Leeds University Centre for African Studies and the Centre for Religion and Public Life warmly invite you to attend the launch of Adriaan van Klinken’s recent book Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism, and Arts of Resistance in Africa. The event takes place on 14 November 2019, 4:00-5:30pm, in the…
The Leeds University Centre for African Studies is delighted to announce Shane Doyle’s inaugural lecture as Professor of African History, which will be hosted at the University of Leeds on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 5:30pm, room TBC. All are welcome to join us for this fascinating presentation entitled ‘The Family in African History’. Abstract…

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The Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) and the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) are delighted to announce an event to celebrate the launch of ‘Uganda: The dynamics of neoliberal transformation’ edited by  Jörg Wiegratz, Guiliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco (published by Zed Books). We invite you to attend the launch of…
The Leeds University Centre for African Studies is delighted to invite you to our Annual launch event on Thursday 3rd October 2019. Please come along and find out what the 2019/20 academic year has in store for LUCAS. Refreshments and nibbles will be available, along with copies of our journal, the Leeds African Studies Bulletin…
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES (Re)imagining creative practice in adolescent sexual and reproductive health: Interactive Workshop 11.00-17.30, 24th September 2019, University of Leeds, Room TBC Concept Note Much adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH)…
Abstract Following unprecedented violence in 2007/8, Kenya introduced two classic transitional justice mechanisms: a truth commission and international criminal proceedings. Both are widely believed to have failed, but why? And what do their performances say about contemporary Kenya; the ways in which violent pasts persist; and the shortcomings of transitional justice? Using the lens of…
On Thursday 2nd May Dr Olly Owen will be visiting us from the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford to deliver his research paper ‘Tax Reform in Nigeria– Oil, Transition and Legitimacy’. Abstract Nigeria is in the midst of a transition away from decades of oil-reliance and faces a future where the state…
How does one make sense of Africa – as a place and an idea – today? How should we study the dynamics in African societies and cultures as part of our constantly shifting world with its paradoxes of globalisation and locality, postcoloniality and neo-colonialism, a neo-liberal world order and alternative collective imaginaries? How are cultural…
Abstract On 19 April 2016, a day after Zimbabwe’s independence day commemorations, a young clergyman, Pastor Evan Mawarire, posted on his Facebook page an anguished monologue about the deepening economic, social and political crisis in Zimbabwe. The video quickly went viral and was soon being reported on by local and international news organisations. In the…
In this seminar Marjoke Oosterom will speak about the perceptions of ‘violent youth’ in Africa and recent youth involvement in urban protest in Zimbabwe in particular. She will then discuss the findings of a study in a rural district town in Zimbabwe, where partisan actors control many of the economic opportunities available to young people;…
Book Presentation: The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State: Youth, Labour and Violence in Sierra Leone High youth unemployment is seen as a major issue across Africa and globally, not solely as a source of concern for economic development, but as a threat to social stability and a challenge to fragile peace. In countries…
The Leeds University Centre for African studies is delighted that Dr Alan Msosa will join us as the first speaker in our semester 2 seminar series. Alan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics’ Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York. He is also as affiliate with the University of…