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Britain Zimbabwe Society Day

18 June 2016, 9:00 am

Speaker(s): Jonny Steinberg

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

Britain Zimbabwe Society Research Day in partnership with the African Studies Centre and Zimbabwe Health Training Support (ZHTS). An updated programme is attached (please see below). Further details can be found at the website of the Britain Zimbabwe Society.

Engineering a culture of constitutionalism: lessons from Somalia’s journey in constitution building

17 June 2016, 5:00 pm Oxford Africa Annual Lecture

Speaker(s): Quman Akli (Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

 Quman Akli (Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law) is the speaker on 'Engineering a culture of constitutionalism: lessons from Somalia’s journey in constitution building'.   To register for your ticket, please visit Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-african-studies-centre-annual-lecture...

Seeing like Scott in Ethiopia

14 June 2016, 5:00 pm Horn of Africa

Speaker(s): Jacob Wiebel (Durham University)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

An informal roundtable on approaches to applying the work of James C. Scott to research on Ethiopia. 

The Place of Trade: Marketplaces and the global informal economy

13 June 2016, 10:00 am

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Neil Carrier and Martin Rosenfield

Please see attached programme for further information. 

Reproduction in African Education, Society and Culture?: Researching social inequalities in education in southern Benin

9 June 2016, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Joël Noret (Université Libre Brussels)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

Joël Noret (Université Libre Brussels) discusses the social inequalities in education in southern Benin, as part of the African Studies Centre Seminar Series.

OUCAN Discussion Group: Perceiving Chinese engagement in Africa: A comparative approach

8 June 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Jodie Sun

Theme: Perceiving Chinese engagement in Africa: A comparative approach   Suggested reading: Steve Hess and Richard Aidoo, ‘Charting the roots of anti-Chinese populism in Africa: A comparison of Zambia and Ghana’, Journal of Asian and African Studies 49, no. 2 (2013): 129–47.

Understanding mentorship for women in Ethiopian higher education

7 June 2016, 5:00 pm Horn of Africa

Speaker(s): Meseret Hailu (Denver)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Meseret Hailu (Denver) explores the topic 'Understanding mentorship for women in Ethiopian higher education', as part of the Horn of Africa Seminar Series. 

Amandla and Capacity: Two Regimes of Value in the Timber Plantations of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

6 June 2016, 12:45 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Thomas Cousins (Stellenbosch)

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

'Amandla and Capacity: Two Regimes of Value in the Timber Plantations of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa' with Thomas Cousins, University of Stellenbosch.   

Cross-border Colonial Knowledge Production

2 June 2016, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Miles Larmer (University of Oxford), Ramon Sarro (University of Oxford), Violette Pouillard (Université Libre Brussels), Eva Schalbroek (University of Cambridge), Nicole Eggers (Loyola University)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

How and in what ways did colonies compare? This roundtable event brings together four researchers - Nicole Eggers (Loyola), Miles Larmer (Oxford), Violette Pouillard (ULB) and Eva Schalbroek (Cambridge) - studying how different African colonial regimes sought to understand the places and peoples they colonised by studying what other colonists did and comparing their practices and knowledge production processes. The event will also examine the added value of studying cross-border comparative colonialism. The four case studies will focus on mining companies, zoological societies, public health initiatives and detention and punishment regimes. Ramon Sarro (Oxford) will act as discussant. 

‘Why is Murder Not a Crime in South Africa?’ On why some categories of people are killable

31 May 2016, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Jonny Steinberg

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

Jonny Steinberg, African Studies Centre, leads the South Africa Discussion Group on the topic "‘Why is Murder Not a Crime in South Africa?’ On why some categories of people are killable"

Nationalizing Radio: Radio Naçional de Angola from Contingency to Technopolitical Necessity

26 May 2016, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Marissa Moorman (Indiana University)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

Nationalizing radio is the topic of Marissa Moorman's (Indiana University) discussion at this event, part of the African Studies Centre Seminar Series. 

OUCAN Discussion Group: Understanding Chinese migrants in Africa: South Africa as case study

25 May 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Jodie Sun

Theme: Understanding Chinese migrants in Africa: South Africa as case study   Suggested reading: Yoon Jung Park, ‘Boundaries, borders and borderland constructions: Chinese in contemporary South Africa and the region’, African Studies 69, no. 3 (2010): 457-479. 

In a Man's World - exploring the impact of war on Somali men

24 May 2016, 5:00 pm Horn of Africa

Speaker(s): Judy El-Bushra (SOAS)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

The Horn of Africa explores the impact of war on Somali men with Judy El-Bushra (SOAS, University of London). 

The Impact of Oppression on Survivors’ ability to lead others

24 May 2016, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Tim Wilson

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

South Africa Discussion Group is joined by Tim Wilson (Fort Hare University) to discuss the impact that oppression has on survivors' ability to lead others. 

Memories of Angolan and Mozambican contract labourers to the German Democratic Republic: uncovering translocal life and work histories during the Cold War

19 May 2016, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Marcia Schenck (Princeton University)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

Marcia Schenck (Princeton University) discusses the topic “Memories of Angolan and Mozambican contract labourers to the German Democratic Republic: uncovering translocal life and work histories during the Cold War”. 

Zambia Discussion Group: African Apocalypse - Britain, war and colonial crisis in Northern Rhodesia, 1914-18

18 May 2016, 4:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Edmund Yorke (Sandhurst)

Convenor(s): Jodie Sun

Biography Dr Edmund Yorke is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of  War Studies at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.  He originally studied for a BA in Modern History and International Relations and a Masters in Commonwealth History at the Universities of Reading, and Birkbeck College, London.  He completed his doctoral studies at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge in 1984, which included six months fieldwork interviewing a few surviving WW1 African Veterans domiciled in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Originally an Africanist, he now specialises more broadly in British imperial and Commonwealth political and military affairs. He has published widely and his more recent books include The New South Africa ( 1998), Playing the Great Game : Britain War and Politics in Afghanistan since 1839 ( 2012) and Britain , Northern Rhodesia  and the First World War: Forgotten Colonial Crisis  (2015).  Abstract : African Apocalypse : Britain , war and colonial crisis in Northern Rhodesia , 1914-18 This paper will analyse the impact of total war, the First World War, upon the embryonic, fragile and chronically underdeveloped Northern Rhodesian Colonial State. Using statistics and written records drawn primarily from the National Archives, Kew, the National Archives of Zambia and major missionary archives in London and Rome, this seminar will seek to both illustrate and reveal the hitherto grossly underestimated strength of initial  African responses and their ultimate, widespread resistance to the war's escalating food and labour demands. This, it will be demonstrated, culminated, by 1918, in a full-scale colonial crisis. It was a crisis which which was both fully recognised at ground level and extended up to the highest levels of the British colonial and imperial establishment/authority institutions There will be a special focus on the intrinsically anti- colonial and anti-war Watch Tower Movement  and the overall deleterious impact of the war upon internal social control especially in terms of desertion, tax evasion and rising crime levels as well as extraordinary wartime famine. The latter reflected the disastrous, if still unquantified  consequences for African  household production of the excessive extraction of able-bodied male labour. From a wider perspective, it is hoped that this research will significantly contribute to the current, major revision of the public and official perception of the Great War's global impact which, it is contended, extends far beyond the earlier and predominant portrayals of the GEA campaign as primarily an 'imperial sideshow' or 'forgotten front'. 

Making refuge - Somali Bantu refugees and Lewiston, Maine

17 May 2016, 5:00 pm Horn of Africa

Speaker(s): Catherine Besteman (Colby College)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

The Horn of Africa Seminar welcomes Catherine Besteman (Colby College) for a book launch and discussion on 'Making refuge - Somali Bantu refugees and Lewiston, Maine'. 

Poverty in South Africa: dimensions, distribution and policy dilemmas

17 May 2016, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Colin Bundy

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

Colin Bundy (Oxford University) discusses the dimensions, distributions and policy dilemmas of poverty in South Africa with the South Africa Discussion Group.

Film screening “Republic of the Mind”

13 May 2016, 12:00 pm

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

On May 13th 12.00 – 13.00, we are screening the short film “Republic of the Mind” with short presentation by Directors Jack Davis and Marcia C. Schenck (MSc 2009/10) and time for Q&A. Venue: African Studies Seminar Room, Bevington Road.   About 21.000 Mozambican labor migrants worked and were educated in East Germany on government contracts in various industries between 1979 and the early 1990s. It was Mozambican President Samora Machel's vision that these skilled laborers would contribute to the development of the young independent nation upon return home. With the civil war in Mozambique and the transition from socialism to capitalism in both countries history derailed this endeavor. Today, many workers live a marginalized life, still waiting to be useful, waiting for a job and waiting for a percentage of the wages that were transferred to the Mozambican government during the 1980s. “Republic of the Mind” examines the memories of and nostalgia for East Germany and the People’s Republic of Mozambique through the eyes of a prominent Madjerman in the year 2014. The story he tells about the fate of the former workers, today known as Madjerman, illustrates not only Mozambique’s failed socialist experiment but also the loss of idealism and nationalism in the years following the death of Samora Machel.

Critical Beneficiaries: Understanding the opinions of urban Angolans on public goods delivery and government performance

12 May 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Anne Pitcher (University of Michigan)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

Anne Pitcher (University of Michigan) discusses the opinions of urban Angolans on public goods delivery and government performance, as part of the African Studies Centre Seminar Series. 

Heavy Metal in the Streets: Private Security and the Evolution of Extended Security Networks in Johannesburg

10 May 2016, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Martin Murray

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

Our South Africa Discussion Group welcomes Martin Murray, University of Michigan, to discuss the private security and evolution of extended security networks in Johannesburg. 

Fascist Italian Brutality in Ethiopia, 1935-1937

3 May 2016, 5:00 pm Horn of Africa

Speaker(s): Balázs Szélinger (Independent)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Book launch and discussion on 'Fascist Italian Brutality in Ethiopia, 1935-1937' with Balázs Szélinger.

Fair Tax - What does it look like and how do we get it? (Invite only event)

3 May 2016, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Mark Goldring, CEO Oxfam GB, Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute., Nic Cheeseman, African Studies Centre

Convenor(s): Nic Cheeseman and Miles Larmer

This event, bringing together the shared expertise of Oxfam and the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre, will discuss the notion of fair tax in the context of a growing inequality crisis. In the wake of the "Panama Papers" scandal they will also debate the problems countries have in establishing fair tax systems in the context of the labyrinthine world of tax havens.   Our keynote speaker Dr Carlos Lopez of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa will discuss the concept of fair tax in Africa, reflecting in particular on his work to address illicit financial flows. Responses and debate will continue from our panel of eminent commentators and then the wider audience.   Click here to get your ticket!

South Africa’s Political Crisis: Unfinished liberation and fractured class struggles

28 April 2016, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Alex Beresford (University of Leeds)

Convenor(s): Miles Larmer

Alex Beresford (University of Leeds) discusses the unfinished libertation and fractured class strugge factors in South Africa's political crisis.

Horn of Africa: The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa - Money, War and the Business of Power

26 April 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Alex de Waal

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

The Horn of Africa Seminar Series hosts a book launch and discussion with author, Alex de Waal, on his book "The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa - Money, War and the Business of Power" .

The firing of Nhlanhla Nene and the Future of South African Politics

25 April 2016, 12:45 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Simon Freemantle

Convenor(s): Jonny Steinberg

Simon Freemantle (Senior Political Analyst, Standard Bank) joins the South Africa Discussion Group to discuss the firing of Nhlanhla Nene and the Future of South African Politics.

Israeli-African Relations Today

29 February 2016, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Naomi Chazan and Yossi Melman

Convenor(s): Derek Penslar (DPIR & SIAS), Sara Hirschhorn (Oriental Studies & OCHJS), and Roman Vater (OCHJS)

This event will be co-sponsored with DPIR.

Zambia Discussion Group - Capital Formation in the 'Old' and 'New' Copperbelts: the political economy of mine suppliers and contractors in neoliberal Zambia

27 October 2015, 4:00 pm

Speaker(s): Alex Caramento (University of York, Toronto)

Convenor(s): Duncan Money

Capital Formation in the 'Old' and 'New' Copperbelts: the political economy of mine suppliers and contractors in neoliberal Zambia

Annual African Studies Lecture: Is Africa Rising? A personal reflection

19 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International

Convenor(s): Professor David Pratten

Spaces are limited so please contact african.studies@africa.ox.ac.uk

The White Army: an evolution of Nuer community defense mechanisms in South Sudan

16 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Ingrid Marie Breidlid (PRIO)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Panel Discussion: Poll delay in Somaliland: crisis or process?

15 June 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Michael Walls (UCL), Anna Rader (SOAS), Ridwan Osman (Cambridge), Chair: Giulia Liberatore (COMPAS, Oxford), Mohammed Yusef (Invicta Capital)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

* Note: Co-hosted with Somaliland Focus

Land rights in the former Bantustans - Mining, Chiefs and the Law

9 June 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Anninka Claassens (UCT and Oppenheimer visiting fellow)

Convenor(s): Professor William Bienart

Book Launch Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform

4 June 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Nic Cheeseman (University of Oxford), Tom Young (SOAS)

Convenor(s): Professor David Pratten

A round table: Reflections on Xenophobic violence in South Africa

2 June 2015, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s):

Belinda Dodson (Western Ontario), 'Thinking geographically about xenophobia in South Africa'. Ian Cooper (Cambridge), 'Pack your bags and go home": the Zulu Royal House, ANC electoral mobilisation, and xenophobic violence in South Africa'. Daniel Agbiboa (University of Oxford) 'Xenophobic Violence in South Africa: Regional Responses'

Historical Ethnography and Ethnographic Fiction: The South African Writings of Hilda Beemer Kuper (1911-1992)

28 May 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Andrew Bank, University of Western Cape

Convenor(s): Professor David Pratten

The Lights and the Power: Historical Ecologies of Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Watershed

26 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): James McCann (Boston University)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Insecurity in Kenya: Al-Shabaab’s growing threat and the state’s faltering response

21 May 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): David Anderson (Warwick University), Jacob McKnight (Oxford University), Aden Abdi (Conciliation Resources)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosely

Horn of Africa panel discussion, in conjunction with the ASC seminar

African History and Politics Seminar: Water, Civilization and Power in Sudan

18 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Harry Verhoeven (Georgetown University Qatar)

Convenor(s): Raufu Mustapha, Patricia Daley, Miles Larmer, Nic Cheeseman, Jan-Georg Deutsch & Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Water, Civilization and Power in Sudan

The Transnational Trade Chain of Second-hand Cars in Africa

14 May 2015, 4:30 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Martin Rosenfeld, University of Oxford & Université Libre de Bruxelles , Joost Beuving, Radboud University, Andrew Brooks, King's College London

Convenor(s): Professor David Pratten

The ANC and Social Security: The Good, the Bad and the Unacknowledged

13 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Colin Bundy (University of Oxford)

Convenor(s):

The Annual Zola Skweyiya Lecture- The ANC and Social Security: The Good, the Bad and the Unacknowledged

Bernadette Atuahene, Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, discusses her recent book We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program

12 May 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Bernadette Atuahene, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Convenor(s): Professor William Bienart

African History and Politics Seminar: The Exclusion Trap: electoral exclusion, coups, and civil wars in Madagascar, Zambia, and Cote d'Ivoire

11 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Brian Klaas (New College, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Raufu Mustapha, Patricia Daley, Miles Larmer, Nic Cheeseman, Jan-Georg Deutsch & Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

The Exclusion Trap: electoral exclusion, coups, and civil wars in Madagascar, Zambia, and Cote d'Ivoire

Gender power, desire and civilization: Controversies around the national ban on FGM in Fouta Toro, Senegal

7 May 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Sarah O’Neill, Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp).

Convenor(s): Professor David Pratten

South African novelist and crime fiction writer, Margie Orford discusses Grammar of Violence, writing crime as fiction in Current Writing

5 May 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Margie Orford

Convenor(s): Professor William Bienart

African History and Politics Seminar: Sisyphus in Central Africa: Managing the Crisis in the Central African Republic

4 May 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Roland Marchal (CERI-Sciences Po)

Convenor(s): Raufu Mustapha, Patricia Daley, Miles Larmer, Nic Cheeseman, Jan-Georg Deutsch & Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

Sisyphus in Central Africa: Managing the Crisis in the Central African Republic

Quantities in Multiple Currency Systems: Thoughts from African History

30 April 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Jane Guyer (Johns Hopkins University)

Convenor(s): Professor David Pratten

Sir Stephen Sedley sheds new light on the death of Dag Hammarskjold: Contested Decolonisation and the Dilemmas of Intervention. The United Nations and Nation-making along the Congolese-Northern Rhodesian border, 1960-1964

28 April 2015, 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sir Stephen Sedley, Miles Larmer, Michael Kennedy, Reuben Loffman

Convenor(s):

Eminent lawyer Sir Stephen Sedley will discuss the findings of the international inquiry he chaired into the death of UN Secrerary General Dag Hammarskjold in a plane crash in central Africa in 1961. In the afternoon three historians will give new insights into the post-independence Congo crisis, which Hammarsjkold was seeking to resolve at the moment of his death. Their research sheds new light on the complex interactions between contested visions of post-independence nation-states, cross-border dynamics involving mining capital, European settlers and African politicians, and the geo-political interactions of the United Nations, the superpowers, decolonising European states and post-colonial nations from Ireland to Ghana. Event organised by the African Studies Centre, the Oxford Central African Forum (OCAF) and the Zambia Discussion Group (ZDG) Programme Information Attached

Jonny Steinberg in conversation with Michela Wrong and Nadifa Mohamed about his new book, A Man of Good Hope

14 April 2015, 6:30 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Jonny Steinberg (Oxford), Michela Wrong , Nadifa Mohamed

Convenor(s): Royal African Society

Hosted by the Royal African Society, Jonny Steinberg will be in conversation with Michela Wrong and Nadifa Mohamed about his new book, A Man of Good Hope, at SOAS on 14 April at 18:30. The book charts the journey of a young Somali man across eastern and southern Africa in the wake of the Somali civil war.

Wild settlers, tame wildlife and the movies in Kenya

12 March 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Professor William Beinart and Dr Neil Carrier (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

The Legacy of Apartheid-Era Economic Crime

10 March 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Hennie Van Vuuren, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Convenor(s): Dr. Jonny Steinberg

Horn of African Seminar In collaboration with the African History & Politics Seminar series

10 March 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Katrin Seidel (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosely

The Disorders of the rule of law: South Sudan's constitution-making processes

African History and Politics Seminar

9 March 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Philip Rothwell, Oxford, Professor Nancy Bermeo, DPIR,

Convenor(s): Ricardo Soares de Oliveira (Oxford)

Angola Since the Civil War: Oil, Reconstruction and Illiberal Statebuilding (Discussant: Philip Rothwell, Oxford) Followed by a book launch and drinks reception at Canal House, St Peter's College (Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War, London 2015)

16th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

7 March 2015, 8:45 am Researching Africa Day

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Please see the provisional programme for the 16th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

Border-Crossing, Trade and Trust

5 March 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Kate Meagher (LSE) , Karine Bennafla (Lyon/Edinburgh)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

Launch of the Université Libre de Bruxelles/Oxford collaborative project hosted by Martin Rosenfeld (Oxford), Emma Lochery (Oxford / ULB), Neil Carrier (Oxford), Nicholas van Hear (Oxford) and Andrea Rea (ULB) See more on the project at: http://www.migration.ox.ac.uk/odp/border-crossing-trade-and-trust.shtml

Whitewashing, Immigration and the Invention of a White South African Architectural Vernacular

3 March 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Jonathan Katz, Oxford University

Convenor(s): Dr. Jonny Steinberg

Believe it or Not. Self-distance and irony in the ritual practices of the Bassari of Guinea

26 February 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Laurent Gabail (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

The Politics of the University of Cape Town in the Zuma Era: Reflections and Ramifications

24 February 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Oxford University

Convenor(s): Dr. Jonny Steinberg

Conference on Darfur at the Cross Road

21 February 2015, 9:00 am

Speaker(s):

Convenor(s): Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi:

ST ANTONY’S COLLEGE 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK   The Sudanese Programme [Sponsored by the Middle East Centre and Africa Studies Centre] Conference on “Darfur at the Cross Road” Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College Saturday 21st February 2015 9.00 am – 7.00 pm Programme   9.00 – 9.45                       Registration and Coffee [The Buttery, Hilda Besse Building]  9.45 – 10.00                     Opening Remarks Session 1 10.00 - 10.40                    Dr Hashim Mukhtar (Member of Sudan Liberation Movement, SLM/Abdul Wahid Al-Nour) “The Humanitarian Situation in Darfur” 10.40 - 11.10                     Coffee [The Buttery, Hilda Besse Building] 11.10 – 11.50                    Dr Mohamed El-Nour Adam (Independent Researcher)                                           “Some Aspects of Environmental Problem in Darfur, Western Sudan” 11.50 – 12.30                    Ustaz Mohamed Basheer Abdalla (Representative of SLM/MM)                                           “Piecemeal Deals and Weak Peacekeeping Forces Are Obstacles to Sustainable Peace in Darfur” 12.30- 1.00                        Discussion of the three presentations 1.00 – 2.10                        Lunch [Dining Hall, St Antony’s College] Session 2 2.10 – 2.50                        Dr El-Tahir El-Faki (Deputy of the Executive Council, Justice and Equality Movement, JEM)                                           “Justice and Equality Movement: Religion and State in a Future Sudan” 2.50 – 3.30                        Mr. Yahia El-Beshir (Chairperson, Sudan National Liberation Movement, SNLM)                                           “Darfur at the Cross Road between Sudan and the United Nations” 3.30 – 4.00                        Tea [The Buttery, Hilda Besse Building] 4.00 – 4.40                        Dr Abdullahi El-Tom (Senior Member of the Executive Board of JEM, Academic and Sudanese Activist) “Darfur and the Conundrum of the Arab Identity of Sudan”        4.40 – 5.00                       Discussion of the presentations Session 3 5.00 ­­- 5.10                         Michelle Green   (Comma Press, Manchester)                                                         “Jebel Marra: a Short Reading” 5.10 – 6.00                        Q&A and Comments from participants 6.00 – 7.00                        Reception [The Buttery, Hilda Besse Building] End of Conference ALL WELOCOME [Early Booking is Necessary] In case of queries, please contact:  Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi: ahmed.al-shahi@sant.ox.ac.uk Tel: 01865- 284707   Please observe The Sudanese Programme follows the Chatham House Rule: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the Speaker(s), nor that of any other participants, may be revealed”

Does the African middle-class defend democracy? Evidence from Kenya

19 February 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Nic Cheeseman (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

'Those are not people...They are our dogs' The form, function and meaning of Lozi Slavery in the nineteenth century

18 February 2015, 4:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jack Hogan (University of Kent)

Convenor(s): Duncan Money

Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa - Book Launch

12 February 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Elizabeth Cooper (Simon Fraser University), Marco di Nunzio (Free University Brussels), Nadine Beckmann (Roehampton), Julie Archambault (Oxford) , David Pratten (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

With case studies from Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya presented by Elizabeth Cooper (Simon Fraser University), Marco di Nunzio (Free University Brussels), Nadine Beckmann (Roehampton), Julie Archambault (Oxford) & David Pratten (Oxford).

Reading: Samantha Vice, How Do I Live In This Strange Place?

10 February 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Samantha Vice

Convenor(s): Dr. Jonny Steinberg

How Do I Live In This Strange Place? Journal of Social Philosophy 41(3), 2010, pp. 324-242. (In 2010 South African philosopher Samantha Vice published a provocative essay on the ethics of being a white South African. The seminar consists of a discussion of the essay and those who attend should read it beforehand.)

A Man of Good Hope - Book Launch

5 February 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Dr Jonny Steinberg (Oxford), Martin Meredith

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

Jonny Steinberg in conversation with Martin Meredith about Jonny's new book on migration and xenophobia

Layers of meaning and agency in the violence of the Ethiopian Red Terror

29 January 2015, 5:00 pm African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Jacob Wiebel (Durham)

Convenor(s): Dr Andrea Purdekova

Layers of meaning and agency in the violence of the Ethiopian Red Terror

29 January 2015, 5:00 am African Studies Seminar

Speaker(s): Jacob Wiebel (Durham)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

Reading: Albert Hirschman, The Changing Tolerance For Income Inequality In The Course of Economic Development

27 January 2015, 5:00 pm South Africa Discussion Group

Speaker(s): Albert Hirschman

Convenor(s): Dr. Jonny Steinberg

Albert Hirschman, ‘The Changing Tolerance For Income Inequality In The Course of Economic Development,’ Quarterly Journal of Economics, 8(4), 1973, p   (This classic essay, published years before South Africa’s democratic transition, seems uncannily to illuminate the wellsprings of legitimacy in South Africa’s young democracy. We discuss its applicability to the South African situation. Those who attend should read it beforehand.)

Is Africa Rising?

23 January 2015, 5:00 am

Speaker(s): Proffesor Ian Taylor (University of St Andrews)

Convenor(s): Professor William Bienart

Drugs in Africa: Histories and Ethnographies of Use, Trade and Control - Book Launch

22 January 2015, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Gernot Klantschnig (York), Ann Laudati (Bristol), Dr Neil Carrier (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Dr Neil Carrier

Dr. Jay Naidoo discussing South African politics and society

20 January 2015, 1:15 pm

Speaker(s): Dr. Jay Naidoo, Chair, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Convenor(s): Dr. Jonny Steinberg

Jay Naidoo will be in town next week and we've taken the opportunity to invite him to lead an open-ended discussion about South African politics and society. Jay was a key figure in the trade union movement in the 1980s, a member of Mandela's cabinet in the 1990s and is now Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Details below: Date: 20 January Time: 1:15pm Venue: African Studies Centre Seminar Room

Rising Inequality in the Global South: Practice and Solutions

19 January 2015, 12:45 pm

Speaker(s): Dr. Jay Naidoo, Chair, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CEO of E.L. Rothschild, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, Mr Kerfalla Yansané, Minister of Mines of the Republic of Guinea, Professor Nora Lustig, Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University, Professor Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Nic Cheeseman, Associate Professor in African Politics, University of Oxford.

Convenor(s): Organised by the African Studies Centre and Oxfam

This is the second annual symposium the Centre has co-organised with Oxfam, and an important and exciting event in our calendar. Agenda 12.45-1.15pm Welcome address 1.15 - 1.15pm Inequality in the global South - evidence and experience The findings of the latest Global wealth report from Credit Suisse points to economic inequality rising sharply following the financial crisis, particularly in developing countries. What impact is inequality having in the global South? What is the impact of urbanism, rising inequality and patterns of control and ownership of land and productive resources? Is growth coupled with inequality leading to a new authoritarianism in some countries? How is inequality experienced along axes of gender, ethnicity, generational and economic income? The panel will explore the shape and impact of inequality in the global South, and lessons learned. 3.15-4.45pm Policy solutions: resources, taxation, governance & social spending Inequality is not inevitable. Economic growth should enable increasing government revenue and social spending to reduce poverty. But states struggle to hold corporate to account, whilst having weak capacity for tax collection and spending; the extraction of natural resources too often fails to contribute to shared national wealth; and lack of transparency and accountability to citizens from states and companies harms social development. What are the solutions? How can policy makers, civil society and corporate better deliver shared growth and what role do global rules and institutions have to play? The panel will explore solutions to inequality. A very limited number of places are still avaliable. Please contact Dr Miles Larmer, miles.larmer@history.ox.ac.uk    

Zambia Discussion Group: Land Grabs and Agricultural Change: Zambia as an inconvenient example

26 November 2014, 4:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jessica Chu (SOAS)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Voice, violence & vernacular politics: Media & law-making in Somalia

18 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Nicole Stremlau ( Oxford )

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Lunchtime Seminar on Philip Roessler's new paper: ETHNIC GEOGRAPHY AND THE ROOTS OF POWERSHARING IN AFRICA

12 November 2014, 11:00 am

Speaker(s): Philip Roessler (William and Mary US)

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South Africa Discussion Group: Bureaucracies of Blood and Belonging: What documents tell us about HIV-positive youth's relationship to state welfare.

11 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Beth Vale (Oxford)

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African History & Politics Seminar: The Thomas Hodgkin Lecture: Black Star Rising: Thomas Hodgkin, Pan-Africanism and the Role of Higher Education inn Development

10 November 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): The Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng (Baron Boateng of Akyem Wembley)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Film Screening: Sincerely, Ethiopia

17 June 2014, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Horn of Africa Seminar: Foreign machination or the vanguard of African resistance: new perspectives on the background for the 1955 mutiny in South Sudan

10 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Øystein Rolandsen (PRIO) & Martin Daly (Independent)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

South Africa Discussion Group: Protest movements, elites and the politics of the poor in South Africa

10 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Karl von Holdt (Wits University)

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OCAF Seminar: Mapping Conflict Motives in the Central African Republic

6 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Filip Hilgert (International Peace Information Service, Antwerp)

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African Studies Seminar in association with the Postcolonial Writing and Theory Seminar What Africa? What Europe? Human Zoos and the Creation of a European Exotic.

5 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Tiziana Morosetti (Oxford)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Conceptualising practices of legibility and identity in Somaliland

3 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Anna Rader (SOAS)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

South Africa Discussion Group: Pierre Bourdieu and the Johannesburg moment: the making and unmaking of social order

3 June 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Karl von Holdt (Wits University)

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African History and Politics Seminar: Film Screening: In the Shadow of the Sun

2 June 2014, 5:00 pm

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OCAF Seminar: Explaining Variation of Governance Patterns Between Rwanda and Burundi: Elite Vulnerability and Institutional Choice

30 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Benjamin Chemouni (LSE)

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African Studies Seminar: The Roots of Impermanence: Settlement, Transience and Farm Labour on the Zimbabwean-South African Border.

29 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Max Bolt (Birmingham)

Convenor(s): African Studies Centre

A Tale of Two Forests - Comparing the Historical Patterns of Deforestation and Conservation in the Brazilian Atlantic and Amazon Forests - 1930-2012

28 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jose Augusto Padua, (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Rachel Carson Centre in Munich)

Convenor(s): William Beinart

South African Discussion Group: Black South African Landowners: In Defense of Ownership Rights, 1913-1948

27 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Harvey Feinberg (Southern Connecticut State University)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: The road to Kenya: Modernity, infrastructure and (anti-) nationalism in Kenya

27 May 2014, 3:30 pm

Speaker(s): Hassan H Kochore (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

OCAF and African History and Politics Seminar: Combatants and the State in Chad: Governing the Inter-War

26 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Marielle Debos (University Paris West Nanterre)

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Technologies of Transformation: African Perspectives

22 May 2014, 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Speakers: Parker Shipton (Boston), Laurent Gabail (Oxford), Will Rea (Leeds), Amber Gemmeke (Bayreuth), Maria Abranches (Sussex), Helene Neveu (Oxford), Julie Archambault (Oxford), Neil Carrier (Oxford) and Ramon Sarró (Oxford) & Marina Temundo (Oxford).

Convenor(s): David Pratten

Horn of Africa Seminar: Young Ethiopian diasporans from the West and their relationships to development in Ethiopia

20 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Alpha Abebe (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

South African Discussion Group: The Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War: A Social History

20 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Elizabeth van Heyningen (University of Cape Town)

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African History and Politics Seminar: The Chosen Ones: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and South Africa's 2014 election

19 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jason Robinson (DPhil (History) University of Oxford)

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OCAF Seminar: Militarization, Statebuilding and Resistance in the DRC

16 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Marta Iñiguez de Heredia (University of Cambridge)

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African Studies Seminar: The Vertiginous Power of Decisions: Working through a paradox about forced migration Speaker: Jonny Steinberg (Oxford)

15 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jonny Steinberg (Oxford)

Convenor(s): African Studies Centre

Horn of Africa Seminar: An Afro-corporatist model of healthcare reform: New public management ascendant in Ethiopia

13 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jacob McKnight (OHSCAR, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

South African Discussion Group: Discussion on the outcome of the 2014 general elections

13 May 2014, 5:00 pm

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African History and Politics Seminar: Book Launch: Histories of Victimhood (edited by Steffen Jensen and Henrik Ronsbo)

12 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Steffan Jensen (Senior Researcher, Dignity: Danish Institute Against Torture; Roskilde University)

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OCAF Seminar: Feminist Theorizing War and Genocide in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

9 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Georgina Holmes (University of Portsmouth)

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Revisiting the politics of state survival: Violence, legitimacy and governance in the Greater Horn of Africa

8 May 2014, 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jason Mosley (African Studies Centre/Chatham House), Amanda Poole (Indianna University of Pennsylvania), Øystein H. Rolandsen (PRIO), Christopher Clapham (Cambridge), William Reno (Northwestern University), David Anderson (Warwick), Sandrine Perrot (Scien

Convenor(s): Øystein H. Rolandsen

South African Discussion Group: The New Dynamics of Mining, Land and Migrancy in the Platinum Belt

6 May 2014, 5:00 pm

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Wole Soyinka gives the 2014 African Studies Annual Lecture

5 May 2014, 5:00 pm

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Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Dynamics of Executive-Legislative Relations in Africa, Latin America and the Former Soviet Union

2 May 2014, 9:00 am

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African Studies Seminar: The state of democracy in Africa What do we know about democratization after twenty years?

1 May 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Leonardo Arriola (UC Berkeley), Michael Bratton (Michigan State), Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell), Nelson Kasfir (Dartmouth), Robert Mattes (Cape Town), Staffan Lindberg (Gothenberg), Lindsay Whitfield (Roskilde), Chair: Nic Cheeseman (Oxford)

Convenor(s): African Studies Centre

OCAF Seminar: Normal Politics and Regional Intervention: Securitization and Ugandan Foreign Policy

30 April 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jonathan Fisher (University of Birmingham)

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South African Discussion Group: The Marikana Massacre and Political Shifts in South Africa

29 April 2014, 5:00 pm

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Book Launch: A poisonous thorn in our hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's bitter and incomplete divorce

29 April 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): James Copnall

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African History and Politics Seminar: Political Clientelism and the Passage of the 2010 Kenyan Constitution.

28 April 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Nelson Kasfir (Professor of Government Emeritus, Dartmouth College)

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African Studies Seminar: Your child is being killed that side: Reconsidering street justice in KwaMashu

13 March 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, LSE/Oxford University

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova and Nic Cheeseman

African Studies Seminar: The Permeability of Prison: The Letters of Maurice Nyagumbo, Southern Rhodesia, 1959-79

6 March 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jocelyn Alexander, Oxford University

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova and Nic Cheeseman

Bram Fischer and the Democratic Transition in South Africa

27 February 2014, 3:30 pm

Speaker(s): Stephen Clingman, University of Massachussetts Amherst & biographer of Bram Fischer

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Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-fashioning in Urban Senegal

26 February 2014, 1:00 pm

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Wednesday 26 February | 13:00 – 13:45 (lunch from 12:45) | Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road The themes raised by Hélène Neveu Kringelbach's book will be discussed by Dr Ramon Sarro (University Lecturer in Anthropology, Oxford) and Professor Terry Ranger (Former Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, Oxford). About the book: Senegal has played a central role in contemporary dance due to its rich performing traditions, as well as strong state patronage of the arts, first under French colonialism and later in the postcolonial era. In the 1980s, when the Senegalese economy was in decline and state fundingwithdrawn, European agencies used the performing arts as a tool in diplomacy. This had a profound impact on choreographic production and arts markets throughout Africa. In Senegal, choreographic performers have taken to contemporary dance, while continuing to engage with neo-traditional performance, regional genres like the sabar, and the popular dances they grew up with. A historically informed ethnography of creativity, agency, and the fashioning of selves through the different life stages in urban Senegal, this book explores the significance of this multiple engagement with dance in a context of economic uncertainty and rising concerns over morality in the public space. Co-hosted by the African Studies Centre. Part of the TORCH Book at Lunchtime series For more information please visit www.torch.ox.ac.uk or like us on Facebook.  

Additional African Studies Seminar and Book Launch: Dispatcher: Lost and Found in Johannesburg.

25 February 2014, 1:00 pm

Speaker(s): Mark Gevisser, author of Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred

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OCAF and African History and Politics Seminar: Beyond the Horizon: Governance, Legitmacy, and Representation in the Central African Republic

24 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andreas Mehler (GIGA, Hamburg)

Convenor(s): OCAF and African History and Politics Seminar

OCAF Seminar: Force and Right: Money, Violence, and Consent in Kinshasa's Electoral Cycle

21 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Joe Trapido (SOAS)

Convenor(s): Patrycja Stys & Henning Tamm

African Studies Seminar: Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda

20 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Christopher Cramer, SOAS

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova and Nic Cheeseman

Horn of Africa Seminar: Reconstruction and memorial in Gogrial: managing the difficult past in a small town in South Sudan

18 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Zoe Cormack (Durham)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

The Making of Nelson Mandela III

18 February 2014, 5:00 pm

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The discussion will explore Mandela’s reconstruction of himself through his autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom. Amongst other areas of exploration, the discussion will also consider whether this was reflected in the narratives and rituals through which his death was mourned and memorialised. The discussion will also reflect on the historical place of ‘political funerals’ in the construction of nationalist sentiment and related mythmaking in apartheid South Africa, and their role in the present context. Reading: N. Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1995.   Chapter on ‘Nationalism and theatricality’, in B. Bozzoli, Theatres of Struggle and the End of Apartheid, 2004.

OCAF Seminar: The Politics of Cessation in Central Africa

14 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Georgia Cole (Green Templeton, Oxford)

Convenor(s): Patrycja Stys & Henning Tamm

African Studies Seminar: Bullets over Ballots: Electoral Exclusion, Coups and Civil Wars in Africa

13 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Brian Klaas, Oxford University

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova and Nic Cheeseman

Horn of Africa Seminar: Security in the Absence of a State: Traditional Authority, Livestock Trading, and Maritime Piracy in Somalia

11 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andy Harris (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Constructing Community in Early Twentieth Century South Africa: II

11 February 2014, 5:00 pm

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Convenor(s): South African Discussion Group

Michael Ndlovu (MSc, African Studies) with/and/or Khumisho Moguerane (DPhil, History)) will discuss an aspect of his/their/her dissertation(s). The presentation will explore how some members of the early, educated African elite constructed political community in the early 20th century OR how dynamics of some political economies shaped group identities and everyday life. Title and reading to be confirmed.

African Studies and OCAF Seminar: Staying Out of Place: The Dialectics of Being and Becoming in Exceptional Spaces

6 February 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Simon Turner, Aalborg University, Denmark

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova, Nic Cheeseman and OCAF

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 temporality and temporariness. I suggest that the term dia-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 diaplaced; 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 Nairobi. Comparing the two settings demonstrates that diaplacement can take on different forms, just as non-places or states of exception are different according to context.

African Studies and Horn of Africa Seminar: South Sudan Crisis Roundtable

30 January 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): 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

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova, Nic Cheeseman, Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: Live Dangerously, Brothers: Liberia's Ex-combatants and Their Place in the Post-war City

23 January 2014, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Danny Hoffman, University of Washington

Convenor(s): Andrea Purdekova and Nic Cheeseman

CPP event in Kenya - 3rd Regional Conference

9 December 2013, 10:15 am

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OCAF Seminar: Understanding Contemporary Conflict: International Relations Theory and the Changed Nature of Warfare

6 December 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Michael Williams (University of London)

Convenor(s): Hemming Tamm and Patrycja Stys

African Studies Seminar: Forest time: Historicities of slavery and sanctity on Lake Tana, Ethiopia

5 December 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Tom Boylston (LSE)

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CANCELLED: Horn of Africa Seminar: Ethiopian Seed Security and Seed Sector Challenges

3 December 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Andrea Ruediger (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: To Repair or Not to Repair: Unusable Communication Objects and the Experience of the (Once) Modern.

28 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Katrien Pype (KU Leuven and Birmingham)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Friend or Foe? Changes in Framing in Southern Somalia

26 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jutta Bakonyi (Durham)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: Revisiting the Katangese Secession

21 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Miles Larmer (Oxford)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Business and State-Making in Somaliland's Utility Sector

19 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Emma Lochery (Oxford)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: 'The Politics of Fake Medicines in Nigeria'

14 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Gernot Klantschnig (Nottingham Ningbo)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Conspiracy Theories, Paranoia and Regime-Building in Eastern Africa

12 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jonathan Fisher (Birmingham)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: 'Islam, Youth, and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama’at'

7 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Marloes Janson (SOAS)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Eritrea's Pre-independence Refugees: Return, Repatriation, Citizenship and Exclusion

5 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Gaim Kibreab (LSBU)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: 'The Price of Death: Funerals and the Township Funeral Industry in Contemporary South Africa’

31 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Rebekah Lee (Goldsmiths)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: The End of the Hydropolitical Status-Quo in the Nile Basin: Ethiopia's Grand Strategy, Sudan's gamble and Egypt's Revolution

29 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Harry Verhoeven

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

Horn of Africa Seminar: The Catch 22 of Resistance: Political Discontent and Popular Theory of State Power in Eritrea

22 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): David Bozzini (Universite de Neuchatel

Convenor(s): Jason Mosley

African Studies Seminar: ‘Can the Poor Speak? Mass-mediated Elderhood in Zambia

17 October 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Harri Englund (Cambridge)

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Horn of Africa Seminar: Panel Discussion: Remittances- Somalia and Beyond

15 October 2013, 4:00 pm

Speaker(s): Anna Lindley (SOAS), Abdi Abdullahi (SOMSA), Edwina Thompson (Beechwood International), Laura Hammond (SOAS), Adburahman Sharif (Muslim Charities Forum), Farhan Hassan (Somali Heritage Academic Network)

Convenor(s): Jason Mosely

Seminar: Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective

19 September 2013, 9:00 am

Speaker(s): Paul Chaisty (SIAS), Nic Cheeseman (SIAS), Svitlana Chernykh (SIAS), Timothy Power (LAC/BSP)

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This symposium is the Latin American regional seminar for the Coalitional Presidentialism Project (CPP), a three-year ESRC-funded project based within SIAS. The speakers include the four-member Oxford team plus the research consultants from Ecuador (Santiago Basabe-Serrano, FLACSO), Chile (Germán Bidegaín Ponte, PUC), and Brazil (Marcelo Pimentel, Carlos Nepomuceno and André Jacomo, University of Brasília). They will be joined by additional researchers from the University of Brasília and from the Federal Senate. Further information.

South Africa Discussion Group: 'Provinces, Proportional Representation and Legacies of the Transition'

11 June 2013, 5:00 pm

Speaker(s): Jason Robinson (Oxford)

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South Africa Discussion Group: 'Writing the ANC in Exile in Zambia'

4 June 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Hugh MacMillan (Oxford)

South Africa Discussion Group: 'Poor Spirits: Rethinking Religion and Political Economy in South Africa'

31 May 2013, 5:15 pm

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Speaker: Hylton White (Wits University)

African Studies Seminar: ‘Making Ubumwe: Power, State and the Forging of Unity in Post-Genocide Rwanda’

30 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Andrea Purdeková (Oxford)

South Africa Discussion Group: 'The Rise of the Taxi Industry: De-industrialisation, New Forms of Migration and the End of Apartheid'

28 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Tim Gibbs (Cambridge)

African Studies Seminar: ‘Custom, Normativity and Authority in South Africa.’

23 May 2013, 4:30 pm

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Speaker: Hylton White (Witwatersrand) This talk will be followed by: ‘Betrayal in South African history: The case of Glory Sedibe, ANC combatant-turned-security policeman.’ Speaker: Jacob Dlamini (Open Society Foundations)

South Africa Discussion Group: 'False Fathers and False Sons: Immigration Authorities in Cape Town and Identifying the Indian Son in the early Twentieth Century'

21 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Uma Mesthrie (University of the Western Cape)

CANCELLED African Studies Seminar: ‘Madiba magic: politics as enchantment'

16 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Deborah Posel (University of Cape Town)  

African Studies Annual Lecture:‘What are Friends For? The Fatality of Affinity in the Postcolony’

14 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Wale Adebanwi (UC-Davis)

OxPeace Conference 2013: The Future of Peacebuilding

11 May 2013, 9:00 am

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African Studies Seminar: "Dropping Weapons for Peace in the Niger Delta:" The politics of an oil-fuelled peace-from-above.

9 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Cyril Obi (African Peacebuilding Network)

South Africa Discussion Group: 'Policing Intellectual Property in South Africa'

7 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Julia Hornberger (Wits University)

Oxford University Pan Africa Conference: ‘Towards a 21st Century African Renaissance: Sowing the seeds of success’

4 May 2013, 9:00 am

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African Studies Seminar: ‘The Libyan connection: settlement, migration and trade in northern Chad (1900-2012)’

2 May 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Judith Scheele (Oxford)

South Africa Discussion Group: 'South Africa, Transnational AIDS Activism and Global Health'

30 April 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Mandisa Mbali (Stellenbosch University)

Horn of Africa Workshop: 'Post-transitional' directions in the Somalias

30 April 2013, 12:00 pm

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Keynote speaker: Markus V Hoehne (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)  

CANCELLED African Studies Seminar: ‘On Ethnological Pop: Digital Technoculture and the Politics of Transnational Patronage in Kenyan Popular Music’

25 April 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: Andrew Eisenberg (Oxford)

South Africa Discussion Group: 'Why have African Smallholders Largely Abandoned Arable Production in South Africa? Implications for Land Reform'

23 April 2013, 5:00 pm

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Speaker: William Beinart (Oxford)

African Studies Seminar: ‘Growing up in the New South Africa’

7 March 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

Horn of Africa Seminar: ‘Negotiating authority and statehood in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, Southern Sudan’

5 March 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room, African Studies Centre

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Global Angola Inc.: Oligarchs, State capitalism, and the internationalization of Angolan oil rents'

4 March 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: 'The return of garrison rule in the Ethiopian Ogaden, 2006-2012'

28 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Don’t Kubeba!’ Beyond patronage politics in the Zambian Elections of 2011'

25 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

14th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

23 February 2013, 9:00 am

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Full details are available on the Researching Africa Day webpage.

African Studies Seminar: ‘Jewish Military Pilgrims and the Remaking of Policing in South Africa’s Suburbs’

21 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

Horn of Africa Seminar: 'Djibouti’s regional role'

19 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room, African Studies Centre

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Street politics : violence, citizenship and post-conflict reconstruction in Côte d'Ivoire'

18 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: ‘The ANC in Exile’

14 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture: 'Human rights in Africa: opportunities and challenges'

14 February 2013, 1:00 pm

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Venue: Rhodes House, South Parks Road, OX1 3RG

Horn of Africa Seminar: 'Negotiating property rights and citizenship in post-socialist Ethiopia: The case of Jigjiga'

12 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room, African Studies Centre

African History & Politics Seminar: 'The Politics of Production in Ghana'

11 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: '"Now we are all workers." The remaking of marginality on the streets of Addis Ababa's inner city.'

7 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

Horn of Africa Seminar: 'Frontiers of Violence in Northeast Africa'

5 February 2013, 4:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room, African Studies Centre

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Militarisation and the Zimbabwean State: Professionalism, Patronage and the Prison Service'

4 February 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: 'Performing Kingship in the 1947 Royal Tour of South Africa: The Indaba at Eshowe, Zululand'

31 January 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Negotiating violence in Sudan: peacemaking and the discursive tactics of armed conflict'

28 January 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: ‘The British Army and Mau Mau, 1952-56’

24 January 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Demonisation’s implications for Britain-Zimbabwe diplomatic relations (1997-present)'

21 January 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: 'Oil or people ? Boundary disputes between Sudan and South Sudan’

17 January 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

African History & Politics Seminar: 'Stain Removal: Evidence on violence and ethnic targeting in Kenya’s 2007-8 post-election violence'

14 January 2013, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road

African Studies Seminar: Trust, Goodwill and Islam in Eastleigh, Nairobi's Boom Town

29 November 2012, 5:00 pm

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Venue: Fellows' Dining Room, St Antony's College

The Future of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in the UK: Developing Research and Research Training

6 December 2005, 9:00 am

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Convenor(s): Roger Goodman

Workshop held in Oxford in December 2005 sponsored by the ESRC and AHRC and organized by the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.  

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