Since the launching in March 2012 the Forum for Africa Studies has hosted 180 events (seminars, lectures, roundtables, film screenings, workshops, symposia, conferences), mostly at Uppsala University, but increasingly also at collaborating institutions in Africa. Since 2015 we have a collaborative project on Health, Politics, and Culture in Africa, which explains why many activities and research projects explore the interface of social sciences and humanities, on the one hand, and the medical and pharmaceutical sciences, on the other. We are also leading projects in Mozambique on municipal democracy, wellbeing, and biocultural heritage. In an ongoing project in Burkina Faso, we study ongoing socio-political transformations from the perspectives of local actors in municipalities. For more info about our recent activities, consult our 2018 annual report here. To follow our upcoming events consult this page and/or follow us on Facebook.


Autumn term 2019
  • Wed 11 Sep 2019, 08:00 – Fri 13 Sep 2019, 20:00

    12th SANORD Conference: 11-13 Sept. 2019

    12th Southern African - Nordic Centre (SANORD) 2019 Annual Scientific Conference

    Wednesday 11 September-Friday 13 September 2019

    This year’s theme; “Role of Higher Education in Forging Sustainable Livelihoods” was selected because of its alignment to the Strategic Development Goals (SDGs). It is an exciting time for SANORD as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to global priority issues in education, research and wellbeing. Africa is facing challenges and changes as we strive towards the achievement of SGDs. Sustainable livelihoods is therefore an interesting area in which to work, research and collaborate, and SANORD member institutions will continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this to ensure that SANORD remains at the front of capacity development and research production.

    Forum for Africa Studies will have several participants in the Uppsala delegation, notably Sten Hagberg, and Véronique Simon. Other Uppsala-participants include Shepherd Urenje, SWEDESD, Peter Sundin, ISP, and Ulrica Ouline, International Office.

  • Tue 17 Sep 2019, 15:15–17:00

    Seminar: Eric Mutabazi

    Seminar (in French with English summary) with Dr Eric Mutabazi on Conflits interethniques et génocide au Rwanda : Les manuels scolaires d’histoire ont-ils une part de responsabilité ?

    Dr Mutabazi is Associate Prof. (Maître de conférences), Université Catholique de l’Ouest and in Charge of the département des formations universitaires à la faculté d’éducation, Angers, France

    Venue to be communicated later



  • Fri 27 Sep 2019, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies: Sten Hagberg

    Women Leadership and Decentralization: Report from ongoing ethnographic research in Burkina Faso led by Prof. Sten Hagberg

    The seminar will draw on fieldwork carried out in a dozen of municipalities across Burkina Faso by a team of anthropologists. The research forms part of the programme Burkina Faso seen from below.


    Location: Geijersalen, Campus Engelska Parken

  • Thu 3 Oct 2019, 16:30–18:00

    Book Presentation: Démocratie par le bas et politique municipale au Sahel

    On 3 October 2019 at the Institut des Sciences Humaines in Bamako, Mali, the Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 4, entitled Democratie par le bas et politique municipale au Sahel, and edited by S. Hagberg, L.O. Kibora, and G. Körling, will be presented. 

    Two of the editors (Hagberg and Kibora) will present the book together with seevral contributors, including Fatoumata Camara, Bintou Koné, Yaouaga Félix Koné, Almamy Sylla, and N'gna Traoré.

    The book is available online here



Friday Seminar in Africa Studies is our regular event for discussing research results and testing new ideas, here with Archaeologist Dr Anna Shoemaker.



We host 35-40 events per year ranging from seminars and workshops to public lectures and high levels panels. In February 2015 then Minister for Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke participated in a round-table on Afrophobia in Sweden in Aula Magna. Other participants included the researchers Oscar Pripp and Ylva Habel


We also host events in African countries, such as a workshop on municipal democracy at Point Sud in Bamako, Mali in March 2014, which ultimately led to a recently published book. More info, click on the image


We also host lectures in conjunction with official visits at Uppsala University, as when former president of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano, here talking with Deputy Vice Chancellor Anders Malmberg, visited Uppsala in 2012.