Events

Please note that this event has been postponed due to industrial action. A rescheduled date will be announced in due course. Abstract: This paper offers a critical inquiry into the role and function of traditional philosophies of care, humanity and community in framing concepts of illness, wellness, treatment, recovery, and treatment for the Malawian patient….
Asbestos in the Southern African Imaginary   In late 2019, Zimbabwe’s The Herald announced that the Shabanie-Mashaba Asbestos Mine, closed in 2009, had “awakened from slumber”. Long the subject of rumours, responses to the mine’s possible reopening ranged from the anxiety on the part of global anti-asbestos activists that the one-time 6th biggest producer would…

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Book launch:  Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Matteo Rizzo, SOAS, Department of Development Studies. The growth of cities and their informal economies are key characteristic of societies in Africa today. Taken for a Ride contributes to our understanding of both, drawing…
This seminar, featuring presenters from South Africa and Kenya, along with renowned UK based authors and academics, will consider China’s activities in Africa from a variety of perspectives including industrialisation, agricultural development, security and international relations. With growth in China-Africa trade averaging 20% annually over the last two decades and China set to become Africa’s…
Free registration is now open until the 24th August, to register please visit the conference Eventbrite page. Programme Thursday 7th: Day One 9.15 – 9.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks 9.30 – 11.00 PANEL 1: La décennie noire Joe Ford ‘Spectres of the War of Independence and the ‘décennie noire’ in contemporary Francophone Algerian Literature’. Rachel Mihuta Grimm ‘The Remains of an…
What matters is not to know the world but to change it. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks A conference exploring the ideas of Frantz Fanon. It will provide a forum to critically interrogate the discourse, theories and experiences of racism, discrimination, oppression and readings of Fanon in the context of marginalised and oppressed groups,…
We are delighted to announce that the University of Leeds is awarding an honorary degree to Rev. Christopher Senyonjo, and that a symposium will be held to celebrate this occasion. Rev. Senyonjo served the Church of Uganda as Bishop of the Diocese of West Buganda from 1974 till his retirement in 1998. He has been…
LUCAS Seminar – all welcome Akin Iwilade (LUCAS), ‘Everyday youth mobilisations in the Nigerian oil delta’ Friday 1 June, 4pm Grant Room (311), School of History, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds This paper examines the subtle influences that respectability and contingent action exert on the self imagination and social mobilisation of youth. Placing the…
University of Leeds School of History War and Peace seminar Jethro Norman (Leeds): Non-State Security Actors in areas of weak state Jurisdiction (Mogadishu and Juba)  
Centre for Religion and Public Life seminar Professor Mika Vähäkangas (Professor of World Christianity, Lund University, Sweden) will present his research on “Nkamba as the Location of Anti-Colonial Reconciliation: The Kimbanguist Holy City”, discussing the political and theological significance of Nkamba, the holy city of the Kimbanguist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
French Research Seminar Dr Beatrice Ivey (University of Leeds) Abstract: This paper will explore the interactions of memory and gender in a comparative analysis of literary works by French-Algerian writers Ahmed Kalouaz and Nina Bouraoui. It will develop recent theories of the transnational and transcultural nature of memory, that she refers to as ‘connective’ memory,…
Abstract This paper adopts an interdisciplinary approach bringing together the field of Media Studies and Sociology, using Ross Kemp’s 2017 documentary entitled ‘Libya’s Migrant Hell’ as an entry point into the reconceptualization of this particular case of trapped migration as a form of not only postcolonial, but postmodern slavery. In this case study, migrants predominately…