The University of Oxford is one of the world's leading centres for the study of Africa. In every Faculty and Division across the University there are active research programmes focused on the continent. The African Studies Centre, within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa. Alongside the vibrant doctoral programmes, the MSc in African Studies, inaugurated in 2006, is already recognised as Europe's most prestigious and successful training programme in its field.
The African Union and Post-Coup Intervention in Madagascar
In this seminar we hosted Antonia Witt of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Their lecture is titled The African Union and Post-Coup Intervention in Madagascar.
21/05/2021 • 44 minutes 19 seconds
The Dead Speak: Identity, Autochthony and the Occult in Kenya’s Western Highlands
In this seminar we hosted David Anderson of Warwick University as he presented on "The Dead Speak: Identity, Autochthony and the Occult in Kenya’s Western Highlands".
12/03/2021 • 53 minutes 49 seconds
Being and Becoming African as a Permanent Work in Progress: Inspiration from Chinua Achebe’s Proverbs
In this seminar we hosted Professor Francis Nyamnjoh as he presented his lecture titled Being and Becoming African as a Permanent Work in Progress: Inspiration from Chinua Achebe’s Proverbs.
05/03/2021 • 34 minutes 8 seconds
The Intimate State: Teachers as Fault Line Between Repression and Revolution
In this seminar we hosted Jennifer Riggan as she gave a lecture entitled: The Intimate State: Teachers as Fault Line Between Repression and Revolution
24/02/2021 • 52 minutes 35 seconds
An Expatriate Family in the Nigerian Civil War (Book Presentation and Discussion)
In this podcast we hear from Selina Molteno, Publisher, Oxford & Robin Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, as they discuss their lecture titled An Expatriate Family in the Nigerian Civil War.
11/02/2021 • 40 minutes 48 seconds
Anusocratie? Freemasonry, Sexual Transgression and Illicit Enrichment in Postcolonial Africa
In this seminar, Rogers Orock (University of Witwatersrand) and Peter Geschiere (University of Amsterdam) jointly provide a lecture titled: Anusocratie? Freemasonry, Sexual Transgression and Illicit Enrichment in Postcolonial Africa.
04/02/2021 • 57 minutes 13 seconds
Colonial encounters in Acholiland and Oxford: The Anthropology of F.K.Girling and Okot p'Bitek
For this podcast, we co-hosted Tim Allen of LSE with Oxford's Anthropology Department.
30/11/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 38 seconds
Presidential Campaigns stops in Ghana
For this seminar we hosted George Bob-Milliar (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology). Professor Bob-Milliar's lecture is titled Presidential Campaigns stops in Ghana.
19/11/2020 • 46 minutes 3 seconds
Somali Kinship and Bureaucratic Governance at Dagahaley Refugee Camp in Kenya
For this seminar we hosted Fred Ikanda from Maseno University. Professor Ikanda's spoke about his research and fieldwork experiences with the Dagahaley Refugee Camp.
05/11/2020 • 42 minutes 35 seconds
Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation
For this seminar today we hosted Kwasi Konadu (Colgate University). Professor Konadu, Colgate University, spoke about his book, Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation.
23/10/2020 • 55 minutes 41 seconds
To the Volcano and Other Stories
Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford) in conversation with Wale Adebanwi (University of Oxford)
16/10/2020 • 40 minutes 54 seconds
Book Launch: Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia
In this seminar, Christine Cheng explores how states and extra-legal groups work together and analyzes how our definitions of what is legal affect our view of the state and governance.
30/01/2020 • 49 minutes 6 seconds
The Elders know Nothing: the Inversion of Tradition in the New Mining Context
Ramon Sarró and Marina P. Temudo deliver paper at 'Cultural Production in Africa's Extractive Communities' workshop. This is the fourth of five papers delivered at this workshop on 16 May 2019.
‘Cultural Production in Africa’s Extractive Communities’ is the sixth research seminar of the ERC project ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ based at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the intersection between mining and cultural production in Central, Western and Southern Africa. Mining was one of the most important engines of transformation in Africa’s recent social and economic history. Industrial-scale mining – of gold, copper, tin, coal, oil, and diamonds – generated new towns and hurled people together from myriad cultural, linguistic and regional backgrounds. Thus, mining regions have also proved to be important venues of new forms of cultural production. Examples include DRCongo’s popular painting, Zambia’s psychedelic rock revolution in the 1970s, or Sotho migrant workers’ lifela song-
14/12/2019 • 30 minutes 33 seconds
Youth, insecurity and intimacy in the popular arts of the Niger Delta
David Pratten delivers paper at 'Cultural Production in Africa's Extractive Communities' workshop. This is the third of five papers delivered at this workshop on 16 May 2019.
‘Cultural Production in Africa’s Extractive Communities’ is the sixth research seminar of the ERC project ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ based at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the intersection between mining and cultural production in Central, Western and Southern Africa. Mining was one of the most important engines of transformation in Africa’s recent social and economic history. Industrial-scale mining – of gold, copper, tin, coal, oil, and diamonds – generated new towns and hurled people together from myriad cultural, linguistic and regional backgrounds. Thus, mining regions have also proved to be important venues of new forms of cultural production. Examples include DRCongo’s popular painting, Zambia’s psychedelic rock revolution in the 1970s, or Sotho migrant workers’ lifela song-poem genre. While c
14/12/2019 • 29 minutes 40 seconds
Artistic Movements: Music, Popular Painting and Cultural Exchanges on the central African Copperbelt
Enid Guene delivers paper at 'Cultural Production in Africa's Extractive Communities' workshop. This is the second of five papers delivered at this workshop on 16 May 2019.
‘Cultural Production in Africa’s Extractive Communities’ is the sixth research seminar of the ERC project ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ based at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the intersection between mining and cultural production in Central, Western and Southern Africa. Mining was one of the most important engines of transformation in Africa’s recent social and economic history. Industrial-scale mining – of gold, copper, tin, coal, oil, and diamonds – generated new towns and hurled people together from myriad cultural, linguistic and regional backgrounds. Thus, mining regions have also proved to be important venues of new forms of cultural production. Examples include DRCongo’s popular painting, Zambia’s psychedelic rock revolution in the 1970s, or Sotho migrant workers’ lifela song-poem genre. While cer
14/12/2019 • 28 minutes 44 seconds
Mobutist Modernism: Art Education, State Sponsorship and the Visual Arts in Zaire
Sarah Van Beurden delivers paper at 'Cultural Production in Africa's Extractive Communities' workshop. This is the first of five papers delivered at this workshop on 16 May 2019.
‘Cultural Production in Africa’s Extractive Communities’ is the sixth research seminar of the ERC project ‘Comparing the Copperbelt’ based at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the intersection between mining and cultural production in Central, Western and Southern Africa. Mining was one of the most important engines of transformation in Africa’s recent social and economic history. Industrial-scale mining – of gold, copper, tin, coal, oil, and diamonds – generated new towns and hurled people together from myriad cultural, linguistic and regional backgrounds. Thus, mining regions have also proved to be important venues of new forms of cultural production. Examples include DRCongo’s popular painting, Zambia’s psychedelic rock revolution in the 1970s, or Sotho migrant workers’ lifela song-poem genre. Whi
14/12/2019 • 35 minutes 1 second
Book Launch: State and Society in Nigeria
Portia Roelofs and Gavin Williams discuss in this podcast Gavin's influential book, State and Society in Nigeria.
13/11/2019 • 34 minutes 36 seconds
Ruth First's Red Suitcase: In and Out of the Strongroom of Memory Book launch of Written Under the Skin: Blood and Intergenerational Memory in South Africa
Carli Coetzee discusses her book and surrounding themes in this talk. Ideas of femininity and issues about Ruth First regarding her time in prison are central to this interesting discussion.
06/11/2019 • 53 minutes 34 seconds
Individual Adaptation Strategies to Flooding in a Low-Income Urban Setting in Nigeria
In this talk, Dr Pedi Obani explores the impact of flooding in Benin City and the different ways in which people combat this hardship. Dr Obani also analyzes how these strategies could be improved for the betterment of the community as a whole. Most fast growing cities across Africa are experiencing the negative impacts of the convergence of urbanisation and climate change. Climate change itself exposes individuals, communities, common goods and infrastructure to flooding, heat, and other extreme weather events in a way that compromises the delivery of basic services and human wellbeing. Very often, the negative impacts are exacerbated by intervening factors such as poverty and the failure of relevant institutions to support effective adaptation and mitigation. This research explores individual adaptation strategies to flooding and assesses their impacts and sustainability in the context of a low income urban setting in Benin City, Nigeria. It further examines the interplay between urb
30/10/2019 • 19 minutes 33 seconds
The Act of Living: Street Life, Marginality and Development in Urban Ethiopia (Book Launch)
ASC seminar with Marco Di Nunzio Marco Di Nunzio speaks about his new book, The Act of Living. The book explores the relation between development and marginality in Ethiopia, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Replete with richly depicted characters and multi-layered narratives on history, everyday life and visions of the future, Di Nunzio's ethnography of hustling and street life is an investigation of what is to live, hope and act in the face of the failing promises of development and change.
Di Nunzio follows the life trajectories of two men, 'Haile' and 'Ibrahim,' as they grow up in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, enter street life to get by, and turn to the city's expanding economies of work and entrepreneurship to search for a better life. Apparently favourable circumstances of development have not helped them achieve social improvement. As their condition of marginality endures, the two men embark in restless attempts to transform living into a site for hope a
13/07/2019 • 54 minutes 54 seconds
Joao Lourenco's reform agenda in post Dos Santos Angola: Ambiguities and asymmetries
ASC seminar with Rui Verde
13/07/2019 • 32 minutes 24 seconds
Decolonisation Dilemmas: Challenges for University Leadership
ASC and Oxford Africa Society special lecture with Dr Max Price, former Vice Chancellor of UCT. Dr Max Price gives a topical lecture in Oxford about his experience as Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town during the national student protests which took place between 2015 and 2017, speaking about the meanings, issues and dilemmas of 'decolonisation' in the UCT context.
13/07/2019 • 1 hour 3 minutes 29 seconds
The earth compels: Forces of destruction and creation in the history of African popular culture
Prof Karin Barber delivers keynote lecture for 'Cultural Production in Africa's Extractive Communities' workshop 'Cultural Production in Africa's Extractive Communities' is the sixth research seminar of the ERC project 'Comparing the Copperbelt' based at the University of Oxford. It focuses on the intersection between mining and cultural production in Central, Western and Southern Africa. Mining was one of the most important engines of transformation in Africa's recent social and economic history. Industrial-scale mining - of gold, copper, tin, coal, oil, and diamonds - generated new towns and hurled people together from myriad cultural, linguistic and regional backgrounds. Thus, mining regions have also proved to be important venues of new forms of cultural production. Examples include DRCongo's popular painting, Zambia's psychedelic rock revolution in the 1970s, or Sotho migrant workers' lifela song-poem genre. While certain forms of popular art have been the object of detailed study
16/05/2019 • 46 minutes 30 seconds
Unmasking Africana in British Art
ASC seminar by Kimathi Donkor
05/03/2019 • 36 minutes 41 seconds
The politics of distribution in Ethiopia's 'developmental state'
ASC seminar by Tom Lavers A growing literature highlights the pursuit of 'double-digit growth' and industrialisation within the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Party's (EPRDF) 'developmental state' model. Yet economic transformation has never been the sole focus of the EPRDF's thinking. Rather, the distributional implications of development have been a central concern ever since the party came to power in 1991 and even beforehand during the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front's (TPLF) liberation struggle and administration of Tigray during the 1980s. This presentation is based on empirical research on land, agriculture, social protection and employment conducted over the past 10 years, involving analysis of key informant interviews with political elites and bureaucrats, official and internal party documentation, and village level case studies. The analysis shows that the EPRDF has long sought not only to stimulate a rapid process of economic transformation, but also to manag
16/02/2019 • 52 minutes 31 seconds
Public health and gender: Assumptions, disjunctures in practice, and implications for HIV prevention within marriages in Kenya
ASC seminar by Roseanne Njiru In Kenya, marriage is a significant contributor to adult HIV infections. Global public health acknowledges the relationship between gender inequalities and HIV in marriage. However, behaviour change interventions to reduce the marital HIV ‘risk’ in Kenya have emphasized individual-level sexual behaviour change and, in recent times, accelerated biomedical solutions in the drive towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The social and structural realities that, for example, produce and facilitate extramarital sexual behaviour are often masked by the emphasis on individual responsibility that underpins the neoliberal market logic which serves to shift obligation of welfare from the state, and other global institutions, to its citizens. Thus, public health’s discourses and education on HIV (e.g. marital monogamy and fidelity, condom use) are under the rubric of this responsibilising ideology. In this presentation, I examine how the biopower of public health
16/02/2019 • 1 hour 7 minutes 19 seconds
What's in a Label? Western Donors' Construction of Success and Failure in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau
ASC seminar by Teresa Almeida Cravo Abstract: This talk presents a critique of aid discourses of success and failure as the basis for intervention in Africa, using Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau as case studies. By questioning why such discourses emerge, how they evolve and what their implications are, I seek to contribute to constructivist theories of international relations and development, whilst also offering an analysis of how this instrument of global governance has played out in the two countries.
Short bio: Teresa Almeida Cravo is currently a Visiting Fellow at the African Studies Centre of the University of Oxford, working on a book manuscript on the politics of discourse in the context of western donors' relations with specific African countries. She is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and a Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies.
25/01/2019 • 45 minutes 58 seconds
Student activism in an era of decolonization
ASC seminar by Dan Hodgkinson, Luke Melchiorre and Marcia Schenck. Dan Hodgkinson, Luke Melchiorre and Marcia Schenck launch the Africa special issue: Student activism in an era of decolonization.
'The articles collected in this special issue, and first presented at a workshop entitled 'Student Activism Reconsidered' at the University of Oxford in July 2016, seek to develop understandings of African student activism during this critical period by revisiting postcolonial Africa's first student protests and experiences of university life. Many of the debates that these students initiated on campus would come, in subsequent decades, to be rearticulated on the national political stage through former students who went into prominent public positions or who set up or entered governing or opposition parties. As such, appreciating the ideas, behaviours and dreams that these people adopted during their university experiences can provide important insights into how they responded, as professi
24/01/2019 • 23 minutes 51 seconds
When We Speak of Nothing (book launch and discussion)
ASC seminar by Olumide Popoola and Bibi Bakare-Yusuf. For the last seminar of Michaelmas Term, we were joined by author Olumide Popoola and publisher Bibi Bakare-Yusuf for an interview with Olly Owen on Popoola's new book, 'When We Speak of Nothing' and the bigger vision of Cassava Republic Press, a Nigerian publishing house which aims to generate the 'African archival future.'
Best mates Karl and Abu are both 17 and live near Kings Cross. It’s 2011 and racial tensions are set to explode across London. Abu is infatuated with gorgeous classmate Nalini but dares not speak to her. Meanwhile, Karl is the target of the local ‘wannabe’ thugs just for being different. When Karl finds out his father lives in Nigeria, he decides that Port Harcourt is the best place to escape the sound and fury of London, and connect with a Dad he’s never known. Rejected on arrival, Karl befriends Nakale, an activist who wants to expose the ecocide in the Niger Delta to the world. Increasin
30/11/2018 • 1 hour 12 minutes 35 seconds
Burma Boys: World War II, memory and popular culture in central Nigeria
ASC seminar by Oliver Owen (Oxford) This ongoing research showcases oral history work with surviving Nigerian veterans of the British Army's 81 and 82 Divisions who fought the Japanese in the jungle war in Burma. It foregrounds their memories and interpretations of the experience, and uses popular culture of the period, particularly soldiers' songs, as part of a public engagement project. It also highlights two legacies of war service: The institutionalisation of the postcolonial military, and ethno-regional political consciousness in the central regions of Nigeria.
Links to resources mentioned in podcast:
16/11/2018 • 57 minutes 55 seconds
Fashioning Africa at Brighton Museum
ASC seminar by Edith Ojo (Brighton based arts freelancer) & Nicola Stylianou (MoDa, Middlesex University) The Fashioning Africa project at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (2015-2018) aimed to develop a new collection of African dress from 1960-2007. This was an area where existing British museum collections were weak to the point of virtual non-existence. The project was innovative in other ways too, because, as a collaboration between the Museum’s World Art (formerly ‘Ethnography’, later ‘Non-Western’) and Fashion & Textiles sections, it cross-cut conventional curatorial divisions and allowed the Museum to transcend the problem of reproducing the split between ‘African dress’ and ‘Western fashion’. Moreover, it aimed to explore new ways of collecting by devolving decisions over what to acquire to an external panel, thus aspiring to look beyond expertise in the field of museology to co-produce the new collection with diverse interested parties bringing other forms of knowledge to bear.
08/11/2018 • 1 hour 41 seconds
Making Somaliland: Popular culture, identity and national consciousness
ASC seminar by Yusuf Kajura Serunkuma (Makerere University) Exploiting the craft and aesthetics of popular culture—music, poetry, paintings, monuments, coffeehouses, fliers, flags, popular narratives, national celebrations, cultural sites, book fairs, everyday practices such as vehicle tinting—through recent ethnography in Hargeisa (March-October, 2015), literary and discourse analysis, this study examined the ways in which Somaliland nationalism is imagined and mobilised after the 1991 civil war. It springs from the understanding that nationalist sentiments are not born, but are mobilised in time and space. Setting out to answer questions relating to history, identity and aspirations of the people of Somaliland in the 1991 nationalist imaginary, this study broadly concludes that Somaliland is constructed and represented mimetically as a foil for Somalia. Specifically, in its secessionist ideations, Somaliland is mobilized as standing for (a) a stricter Islamic public identity, (b) vic
05/11/2018 • 45 minutes 47 seconds
Transactions: Revisiting how domination worked in colonial Africa
ASC seminar by Florence Bernault (Sciences Po)
05/11/2018 • 1 hour 1 minute 23 seconds
Gender, Spectacle and Nation-making in Post-WWII Nigeria
ASC seminar by Judith Byfield (Cornell University). Byfield offers a riveting narrative of the unexpected convergence of interest between educated Christians and market women in forming the Abeokuta Women's Union in Nigeria, setting this in a wider context of gendered political mobilization in post-WWII Nigeria.
26/10/2018 • 52 minutes 56 seconds
IAB Inauguration and Lecture by Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Prof Yemi Osinbajo inaugurates the ASC's new International Advisory Board with a lecture on 'The Challenges of Human Development in 21st Century Africa'. On 12 October 2018, the African Studies Centre inaugurated an International Advisory Board to further links between the Centre, and institutions and organizations on the continent. As part of the event, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, delivered the lecture recorded here. We very much look forward to working with members of the Board (listed below) in the future to further grow the Centre!
- Mr Tito Mboweni – Finance Minister, South Africa
- Madame Monica Geingos – Lawyer and First Lady of the Republic of Namibia
- Mr Gareth Ackerman – Chairman, Pick’n Pay, South Africa
- Dr Charlotte Scott – Former First Lady of Zambia
- Governor Nasir El-Rufai – Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria
- Ms Linda Mabhena-Olagunju – Founder and Managing Director, DLO Energy Group (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
- Mr Alex Duncan – Development e
26/10/2018 • 1 hour 12 minutes 58 seconds
Hawks and Doves in Sudan's Armed Conflict: Al-Hakkamat Baggara Women of Darfur
Suad Musa kicks off a new term of ASC seminars by launching her new book. Al-Hakkamat Baggara women hold an instrumental position in rural Sudan, wielding agency, social and political power. This book uncovers their significant, but widely overlooked, role during the war in Darfur from the 1970s, and into today’s continuing conflict. The author examines, in depth, the influence they exercised through composing and reciting poems and songs and through informal speech and other symbolic acts and analyses their impact in the social and political domain. Challenging the pervasive portrayal of women as natural peacebuilders and their roles as passive and submissive, she highlights how Sudan’s state government co-opted al-Hakkamat Baggara women to lobby on its behalf, to rally for war and to advocate for peace. They played a critical role in war, and understanding how they can contribute to the resolution and resettlement processes is vital to sustainable reconciliation and post-conflict tra
26/10/2018 • 50 minutes 51 seconds
Democracy in Africa
Booklaunch of Democracy in Africa which provides the 1st comprehensive overview of the history of contemporary democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa and explains why the continent's democratic experiments have so often failed, as well as how they could succeed. Speakers: Professor Nic Cheeseman, Oxford University; Professor Stephen Chan OBE, SOAS; Dr Phil Clark, SOAS. Chaired by Professor Catherine Boone, LSE. Beginning in the colonial period with the introduction of multi-party elections and ending in 2013 with the collapse of democracy in Mali and South Sudan, the book describes the rise of authoritarian states in the 1970s; the attempts of trade unions and some religious groups to check the abuse of power in the 1980s; the remarkable return of multiparty politics in the 1990s; and finally, the tragic tendency for elections to exacerbate corruption and violence.
During this event the author Professor Nic Cheeseman and a panel of experts will explore some of the most important questions fa
14/10/2015 • 1 hour 7 minutes 8 seconds
African Studies Annual Lecture Is Africa Rising?
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, gives the 2015 Annual Lecture for the African Studies Centre.
02/07/2015 • 54 minutes 24 seconds
Media, Conflict and Democracy in Africa
Joint Seminar of the African Studies Centre and Reuters Institute. Speakers; Catherine Gichuru (Editor, Nairobi Star, Kenya), Winston Mano (Westminster, editor, Journal of African Media Studies), Nic Cheeseman (African Studies, Oxford), Alexandra Reza (IR, Oxford), Chaired by David Levy (Reuters Institute, Oxford)
25/06/2014 • 1 hour 6 minutes 45 seconds
African Studies and OCAF Seminar: Staying Out of Place: The Dialectics of Being and Becoming in Exceptional Spaces
Simon Turner, Aalborg University, Denmark, gives a talk for the African Studies Centre Based on ethnographic fieldwork in two exceptional spaces, namely among Burundian refugees living clandestinely in Nairobi and living in a refugee camp in Tanzania, the article argues that displacement can be about staying out of place in order to find a place in the world in the future and is therefore closely linked to temporarily and temporariness. I suggest that the term dis-placement described this sense of not only being out of place but also being en route to a future. Burundians in the camp and the city are doing their best to remain out of place, in transition between a lost past and a future yet to come, and the temporary nature of their sojourn is maintained in everyday practices so that they may remain displaced; on their way to something else. The article argues that such everyday practices are policed by powerful actors in the camp and are ingrained in practices of self-discipline in Na
18/02/2014 • 51 minutes 25 seconds
African Studies and Horn of Africa Seminar: South Sudan Crisis Roundtable
Roundtable discussion looking at the ongoing crisis in South Sudan Chair: Jason Mosley, Chatham House and African Studies Centre, Speakers: Annette Weber, SWP Berlin, Douglas Johnson, author of "the Root Causes of Sudan'd Civil Wars, Peter Biar Ajak, Cambridge University, Discussant: Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi, Middle East Centre, Oxford University
18/02/2014 • 59 minutes 44 seconds
'Live Dangerously Brothers': Liberia's Ex-Combatants and their place in the post war city
Danny Hoffman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington, gives a talk for the African Studies seminar series
28/01/2014 • 52 minutes 53 seconds
What are friends for? Friendship and Public life in the post colony: African Studies Centre Annual Lecture 2013
Wale Adebanwi, Associate Professor, African American and African Studies, University of California-Davies, gives the 2013 African Studies Annual Lecture.
13/08/2013 • 1 hour 16 minutes 25 seconds
Transitional justice in the Somali setting
Markus Hoehne, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, gives a talk for the Horn of Africa seminar series workshop 'Post-transitional' directions in the Somalias on 30th April 2013.
24/07/2013 • 35 minutes 28 seconds
State-building in Somali Studies: Future framework
Part of the Post-transitional directions in the Somalias, Horn of Africa Seminar Series workshop.
22/07/2013 • 25 minutes 47 seconds
Insider-outsider and gendered dynamics for Somali researchers in Somalia
Part of the Post-transitional directions in the Somalias, Horn of Africa Seminar Series workshop.
22/07/2013 • 17 minutes 32 seconds
The evolving role of Islamist groups in Somali politics
Part of the Post-transitional directions in the Somalias, Horn of Africa Seminar Series workshop.
22/07/2013 • 19 minutes 37 seconds
Crisis and displacement; different solutions for different kinds of displaced
Part of the Post-transitional directions in the Somalias, Horn of Africa Seminar Series workshop.
22/07/2013 • 22 minutes 35 seconds
Growing up in the New South Africa
Rachel Bray (Independent Scholar, Oxford) gives a talk for the African Studies seminar series on 7th March, 2013.
11/03/2013 • 1 hour 18 minutes 49 seconds
The return of garrison rule in the Ethiopian Ogaden, 2006-2012
Tobias Hagmann (Roskilde University) gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar Series on 28 February, 2013.
11/03/2013 • 1 hour 16 seconds
Human rights in Africa: opportunities and challenges
The Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture 2013. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights gives a talk about human rights in Africa.
07/03/2013 • 40 minutes 17 seconds
The ANC in Exile
Stephen Ellis (Free University, Amsterdam) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre seminar series on the African National Congress (ANC).
25/02/2013 • 31 minutes 23 seconds
'Now we are all workers.' The remaking of marginality on the streets of Addis Ababa's inner city
Marco Di Nunzio (Université Libre de Bruxelles) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre seminar series on 7th February 2013.
13/02/2013 • 44 minutes 41 seconds
The British Army and Mau Mau, 1952-56
Huw Bennett (Aberystwyth University), gives a talk for the African Studies Centre seminar series on the British Army and Kenyan Mau Mau.
04/02/2013 • 1 hour 28 seconds
2012 Annual African Studies lecture. Diaspora and Spiritual Awakening: Religion and the Politics of Race and Empire in the Life of Kwame Nkrumah
Emmanuel Akyeampong (Harvard) gives the 2012 Annual African Studies Centre Lecture.
22/05/2012 • 51 minutes 13 seconds
Surviving on the Margins: Youth and the Underground Oil Economy in the Niger Delta
Paul Ugor (Birmingham) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre Seminar Series on 10th May 2012.
15/05/2012 • 54 minutes 13 seconds
Somalia after the London Meeting: How Much Difference Does a Day Make?
Laura Hammond (SOAS) gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar series. In association with the Horn of Africa Seminar.
08/05/2012 • 44 minutes 37 seconds
Squatter movements in the Vaal Triangle
Dr Noor Nieftagodien (University of Witwatersrand) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre on 8th March 2012.
12/03/2012 • 35 minutes 7 seconds
Buganda Nationalism in the 21st Century
Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault, Research Associate, Cambridge, gives a talk for the African Studies Centre seminar series.
05/03/2012 • 45 minutes 51 seconds
Kenya's Somalia Invasion: Security, Development and Humanitarian Assistance in Eastern Africa
Professor David Anderson gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar series on 23rd February 2012.
24/02/2012 • 53 minutes 59 seconds
The Legitimation of Criminal Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda: international, national and localised courts
Dr Nikki Palmer (Oxford) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre seminar series on 8th February.
21/02/2012 • 42 minutes 22 seconds
The Politics of Ethnicity in Ethiopia: Actors, Power and Mobilisation under Ethnic Federalism
Louise Aalen, Bergen University, gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar Series on 2nd February 2012.
06/02/2012 • 39 minutes 48 seconds
Who Killed Dag Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War, and White Supremacy in Africa
Dr Susan Williams (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London)gives a talk for the African Studies Centre Seminar Series on 19 January.
23/01/2012 • 41 minutes 51 seconds
The Killing Fields: The Impact of the Global Arms Trade on Africa
Andrew Feinstein gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar series on the arms trade and its impact on Africa.
29/11/2011 • 1 hour 36 seconds
Zimbabwe's Fast Track Land Reform: Politics, Production and Accumulation
Phillan Zamchiya (International Development/St Antonys), gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar Series.
18/11/2011 • 44 minutes 55 seconds
Potency and the Role of the Environment in KhoeSan medicine
Chris Low, African Studies, Oxford, gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar Series.
18/11/2011 • 31 minutes 4 seconds
African Local Knowledge: Natural, Biomedical and Supernatural Ideas about Livestock Health
Karen Brown (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine) and William Beinart (African Studies/St Antony's) give a talk for the African Studies seminar series.
18/11/2011 • 26 minutes 45 seconds
Power, Ambition and Ideas in the political career of Apartheid Prime Minister H F Verwoerd
Jonny Steinberg, (African Studies/St Antony's) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre Seminar Series.
08/11/2011 • 45 minutes 57 seconds
The Ecology of Conflict: Human-Wildlife Conflict on the Hwange National Park Boundary, Zimbabwe'
Andrew Loveridge (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Zoology) gives a talk for the St John's College Colloquium on Environmental Conflict and its Resolution (joint event with Oxpeace and Human Sciences).
31/10/2011 • 18 minutes 13 seconds
Climate Change and Conflict in Sudan: what if development is not the answer to save Darfur?
Harry Verhoeven (Politics/St Cross) gives a talk for the St John's College Colloquium on Environmental Conflict and its Resolution (joint event with Oxpeace and Human Sciences).
31/10/2011 • 18 minutes 40 seconds
Ethnic violence, water scarcity and managing resources to promote peace
Karen Witsenburg (Both ENDS and Max Plank Institute for Anthropology) gives a talk for the College Colloquium on Environmental Conflict and its Resolution (joint event with Oxpeace and Human Sciences).
31/10/2011 • 23 minutes 30 seconds
Cruising through Uncertainty: Mobile Phone Practices and the Politics of Respect in Southern Mozambique
Julie Archambault (African Studies/St Annes College), gives a talk for the African Studies Centre.
27/10/2011 • 46 minutes 26 seconds
ORENGA Special Lecture - Fashola's Lagos: the man, the method, the megacity
Babatunde Fashola, Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, gives a special lecture for the African Studies Centre.
27/10/2011 • 27 minutes 11 seconds
Witchcraft and the Colonial Life of the Fetish (African History and Politics Seminar)
Professor Florence Bernault (Wisconsin) presents her work on the historical role of 'fetish' and 'witchcraft' in colonial Africa and the historical development of their linguistic uses.
22/06/2011 • 50 minutes 2 seconds
'Rubber Will Not Keep in this Country' - Failed Development in Benin, 1897-1921 (African History and Politics Seminar)
Dr James Fenske (Oxford) presents his ongoing research on the history of the rubber trade in Benin, and presents a comparative study to other areas of rubber trade in West Africa.
22/06/2011 • 56 minutes 9 seconds
The Politics of Legal Pluralism: the Case of Community Policing in Mozambique and Swaziland (African Studies Seminar)
Helene Maria Kyed (DIIS) looks at the role of community policing in Mozambique and Swaziland.
22/06/2011 • 59 minutes 32 seconds
Worldliness, Citiness, Postcolonial Life and Thinking from the South
Achille Mbembe, Professor of Social Theory, University of Stellenbosch, gives the second 2011 Africa Studies Annual lecture on 26th May 2011.
01/06/2011 • 46 minutes 43 seconds
'City, Art, Motion: Rethinking the "Now" in Johannesburg' (Annual Lecture 2011)
Sarah Nuttal, Research Professor, Department of English, University of Stellenbosch, gives the first 2011 African Studies Annual Lecture on 26th May 2011.
01/06/2011 • 46 minutes 20 seconds
Ethnicity, Power and Kinship. Female Chiefs in Tanzania, 1870-1940
Heide Schmidt, Professor of African Studies, University of Vienna, gives a talk for the African Studies Seminar series on 16th May, 2011.
23/05/2011 • 1 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
Pan-African Solidarity in the Central African Federation, 1953-1963 (African History and Politics Seminar)
Zoe Grove, PhD student at Keele University, presents her research on the history of the Central African Federation, especially looking at the issues of cross-border migration and the movement of ideas.
17/05/2011 • 55 minutes 31 seconds
How to Build a Successful Opposition Party in Africa (African History and Politics Seminar)
Michael Sata, President of Zambia's leading opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), presents a talk on what it means to lead an opposition party in Zambia.
17/05/2011 • 58 minutes 33 seconds
Women, Sports and Societies in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (African History and Politics Seminar)
As part of the Women's Sport in Africa conference (University of Oxford, 7 Mar 2011), Prof. Nauright (George Mason Univeristy) presents on historical research looking at sports in Africa, with a particular view to women's sport and his own work.
13/05/2011 • 44 minutes 6 seconds
Support Democracy Abroad: The Record in Africa
Prof Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Nuffield College, gives a talk for the Rothmere American Institute on 2nd Feb 2011.
14/03/2011 • 42 minutes 54 seconds
The Fischer Lecture: Human Rights and the Law in South Africa (African Studies Seminar/Rhodes House Trust)
George Bizos SC, human rights lawyer and defense barrister for Nelson Mandela, gives the 2011 Bram Fischer lecture at the Rhodes House, Oxford.
06/03/2011 • 1 hour 29 minutes 17 seconds
Politics and Genocide: Rwanda (African Studies Seminar)
Dr Omar McDoom (London School of Economics) looks at a single community in southern Rwanda, using spatial mapping, in order to understand why some people chose to kill during the violence and others did not.
06/03/2011 • 1 hour 7 minutes 46 seconds
Encountering Islam in Eastern African: Transnational History and Imperialism, c. 1880-1930 (Global and Imperial History Research Seminar)
Prof. Anderson (Oxford University) examines the tumultuous history in the Jubaland area of southern Somalia and northern Kenya at the turn of the 20th century. (Presented in the Global and Imperial History Research Seminar). Professor David Anderson (Oxford University, African Studies Centre) presents research on the history of Jubaland, located in Southern Somalia and, previously until 1924, part of the Kenya colony and East African protectorate. Focused on the tumultuous history of British involvement in this area, Prof. Anderson uses the themes of Islam, imperialism(s), and transnational history to understand what was going on in this region at the turn of the 20th century. Anderson offers possible insights for the troubles facing this region today. (Presented at the Global and Imperial History Research Seminar, History Faculty, University of Oxford, http://www.history.ox.ac.uk)
09/02/2011 • 53 minutes 45 seconds
The case of the slave ship Progresso: the Royal Navy, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the Cape (African Studies Centre Seminar)
Prof. Harries examines the surprising role the Cape played in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the challenges the Royal Navy was forced to deal with in stopping slave ships. Professor Patrick Harries' (Basel University) examination of the historical role the Cape area played in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade offers significant conclusions on the challenges the Royal Navy faced in prohibiting the slave trade, the reality of conditions aboard slave ships, and how historians might view P.G. Hill's classic work 'Fifty Days on Board a Slave Vessel'.
09/02/2011 • 52 minutes 3 seconds
Dambisa Moyo Lecture (African History and Politics Seminar)
Dambisa Moyo, the internationally renowned author and economist, presents material from her books, Dead Aid and How the West Was Lost, looking at the policies that affect both Africa and the West. Dambisa Moyo, the internationally renowned author and economist, shares her thoughts on the policies affecting both Africa and the West in this lecture given at Oxford's Rhodes House. Utilizing research from her books 'Dead Aid' and 'How the West Was Lost', Ms. Moyo challenges the policy choices the West has made, both towards Africa and internally, and the detrimental effect they have had - and are continuing to have. [African Studies Centre, Oxford. http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk]
01/02/2011 • 42 minutes 16 seconds
100 Years of 'Struggle' Between the Polity and the Market in South Africa (African History and Politics Seminar)
'A Luta Continua! Reflections on 100 Years of "Struggle" Between the Polity and the Market in South Africa', presented by Dr Jesmond Blumenfeld (Brunel). Dr. Jesmond Blumenfeld (Brunel, Oxford Analytica) looks at the history of economic policies and the marketplace over the last 100 years in South Africa. He further examines the continuity within the polity-marketplace relationship during and post-apartheid. [African Studies Centre, Oxford. http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk]
29/01/2011 • 46 minutes
20 Years of Multi-Partyism in Kenya (African Studies Seminar)
A roundtable discussion examining the current state of Kenyan politics, twenty years after it changed to a multi-party state. The change to multi-partyism in Kenya in the early 1990s brought with it the hope of significant developments for the East African country. This roundtable discussion examines, through presentations by scholars, a former Kenyan official, a journalist, and Great Britain's former ambassador to Kenya, what changes multi-partyism has had on Kenya. The panel includes (in order of presentation): Gabrielle Lynch, Leigh Gardner, Lillian Cherotich, Sir Edward Clay, Michela Wrong, and John Githongo. The round-table is moderated by David Anderson. [African Studies Centre, Oxford. http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk]
25/01/2011 • 1 hour 30 minutes 32 seconds
Development as an Alien Culture: the purposes of governance in South Africa
Dr Jonny Steinberg gives the 2010 Africa Studies Centre Annual lecture held on 11th June 2010, Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford University.
26/07/2010 • 39 minutes 56 seconds
Islam, the ‘Originaires’ and the making of the public space in a colonial city: Saint Louis of Senegal
Mamadou Diouf from the University of Columbia gives the 2009 African Studies Annual Lecture on the influence of Islam in Post-Colonial Africa, in particular, the public spaces of the former French Colonial City of St Louis in Senegal.
16/06/2009 • 52 minutes 50 seconds
Detective Fictions: In Pursuit of Sovereignty in the Postcolony
Professor Jean Comaroff gives the 2008 African Studies Annual Lecture on the situation in South Africa, the rise of crime and violence as well as the rise private security companies and belief in the supernatural forces of witchcraft.