A Centre for Uppsala University’s Strategic Work with Africa

From January 2023 onwards, Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies is strengthened as to become a strategic centre for research and higher education in, on and with Africa for the whole University. The new mission is to support and facilitate the University's strategic, thematic, and practical collaborative initiatives.

Forum's role as a platform that brings together staff and students, perspectives and paradigms, departments and faculties, is further articulated in this new shape.

Building on the last decade of activities, projects, and initiatives developed by the Forum, the centre now takes the next step to become a strong cluster developed around a Graduate School of Africa Studies, alongside other strategic foci, such as promoting public outreach, and knowledge-sharing, making visible Uppsala University’s Africa research, developing courses, and student and staff mobility, and initiating and pursuing strategic work for our engagement in, on, and with Africa.

The New Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies is led by a Board, representing all nine faculties of the University. The Chairperson is Professor Kajsa Ahlstrand. Professor Sten Hagberg is the Director of the centre, and leads the Coordination team. The Forum is administratively located at the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.

The New Forum was launched on Friday 14 April 2023. Vice-Chancellor Professor Anders Hagfeldt will inaugurate the new centre, followed by short research presentations, a round-table, and a key note.

Here is the poster. And consult the detailed preliminary programme here

And here is the detailed programme.




Vice-Chancellor Professor Anders Hagfeldt inaugurated the New Forum on 14 April 2023. To consult the programme, click on the image


Professor Amanda Hammar, University of Copenhagen and AEGIS President, at the Launching. More info about the African Studies in Europe (AEGIS), click on the image. Since 31 May 2023, the Forum is the member of AEGIS



Round-Table at the Launching


PhD Students presented ongoing research, here Rosie Duvenboide.


Launching of the New Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies.


Professor Amanda Hammar, University of Copenhagen and President of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies gave the Key Note Address on 14 April


Professor Ludovic Kibora of the Institut des Sciences des Sociétés, Burkina Faso, attended the launching and participated in the round-table on 14 April


The Launching of the New Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies, Friday 14 April, 9-16, in Lecture-room IV, Universitetshuset. Uppsala University. More info, click on the image