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Congratulations to Dr Kamal Salhi who has been promoted to the position of Chair in Francophone and North African Studies. Kamal says: “University is an impressionable time, and a professor can make or break your experience. Peter Thomson was the one professor who took me under his wing and had faith in my ability. I…
The Leeds University Centre for African Studies is delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Lionel Cliffe Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation on a topic relevant to African Studies at the University of Leeds. Yet again, our judges were delighted to review another cohort of outstanding dissertations, leaving them with a tough decision….
The documentary film Kenyan Christian Queer is about to be released! The film offers an intimate portrait of a group of LGBT Christians in Kenya, their courage, determination and hope. It specifically features the first LGBT church in Nairobi, Kenya. Called Cosmopolitan Affirming Community, this group of young queer Christians seeks to promote an inclusive…
The Leeds University Centre for African Studies is deeply upset about recent events in the United States. We condemn police brutality and state violence against black people. We support those protesting against white supremacy and systematic racial injustice, and demonstrating for the recognition that black lives matter. We are very aware that these issues are…
Two films, produced as part of a Leeds-led research project, have been selected for screening at the Changing the Story Online International Film Festival, taking place 1-5 June, 2020. The drama films, “Daniel in the Homophobic Lions’ Den”, and “Jesus and the Guys Charged with Indecency”, use stories from the Bible to tell the life…
You may have noticed that our journal, the Leeds African Studies Bulletin has recently moved to a digital, online format, helping us to quickly publish scholarly articles, book reviews and opinion pieces that are easily accessible and free to access. We will publish under 5 categories: Studying Africa, Analysing Africa, Imagining Africa, Reading Africa and…
The Conversation have published an article by Dr Adriaan van Klinken entitled ‘Desmond Tutu’s long history of fighting for lesbian and gay rights’. The article is an abbreviated version of a chapter about Desmond Tutu in the book Reimagining Christianity and Sexuality in Africa, co-authored by Adriaan van Klinken and Ezra Chitando, and to be published with…
Call for Papers BAAL Language in Africa (LIA) SIG Annual Meeting in collaboration with the Leeds University Centre for African Studies 15th May 2020, University of Leeds Keynote speaker & LUCAS Annual Lecturer: Professor Grace A. Musila, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg Grace A. Musila  is an Associate Professor in the African Literature Department at the University…
The Norman Miller Archive is a new open multimedia resource featuring selected research, photos, films, journals, books, and field notes from the library of Norman Miller, an academic researcher, journalist, and film producer who worked extensively in East Africa from 1960-2015. Miller’s physical library resides in two collections: at Michigan State University’s Africana Library and at the Smithsonian Institution, while the Norman Miller…