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.


May 2022
  • Fri 6 May 2022, 10:15–13:00

    PhD Defense with Fernando Manjate on Inheritance and Succession in Mozambique

    On Friday 6 May, 10.15 in the Geijer-Hall, Campus Engelska Parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala University, PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology Fernando Matai Manjate will defend his PhD thesis SOMETHING GOOD BUT NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF: Inheritance and Succession Practices, and Sociopolitical Stakes in Times of Decentralization in Marracuene, Mozambique. The thesis is available online.


    Location: Geijersalen, Campus Engelska Parken

  • Fri 13 May 2022, 10:15–12:00

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Annika Teppo and Laura Stark on their newly published book "Power and Informality in Urban Africa: Ethnographic Perspectives" (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022).

    A very warm welcome to the launching of Power and Informality in Urban Africa: Ethnographic Perspectives on Friday May 13, 10.15 - 12-00 (CET)

    In this Friday seminar in Africa Studies, the volume's editors Annika Björnsdotter Teppo (Uppsala University) and Laura Stark (University of Jyväskylä) will give an introduction, followed by short presentations from some of the contributors: 

    Esther Danso-Wiredu (University of Education, Winneba) Cristiano Lanzano ( Nordic Africa Institute) Susanna Myllylä (University of Eastern Finland), Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues (Nordic Africa Institute), Caroline Wamala Larsson (Stockholm University), Segen Yainshet (Addis Ababa University) 


    The seminar will be conducted in hybrid format. Join us in Uppsala at Engelska Parken, House 3, room 2028 (3-2028), Thunsbergsvägen 3H, and on zoom:

    The book is available for purchase on, but will be in open access later in October this year.

    More information here:

  • Fri 13 May 2022, 14:15–15:45

    Student Round-Tables on African Issues: Conducting research on/in Africa?

    A very warm welcome to the student roundtable "Conducting research on/in Africa" where current and previous master’s students from different disciplines reflect on concrete examples of conducting research for their theses in and on Africa.

    The event is on Friday, 13 May at 14:15-15:45.

    Room 3-2028ENG3-2028, Engelska Parken, Thunbergsv. 3H, House 3, Level 2

    More information here:

  • Wed 18 May 2022, 16:00–19:00

    Film Screening and Discussion with Salad Hilowle

    A very warm welcome to the Film Screening and Q&A with Salad Hilowle under the theme Afro-Swedish Relations: A Cinematic Exploration

    Forum for Africa Studies is honored to have as its guest filmmaker Salad Hilwole, who will present three of his short films: Erinra (2015), Vanus Labor (2021) and Sylwan (2022), followed by a discussion.

    The event will take place on Wednesday May 18, kl: 16:15 - 19 in Ihre Hall, Engelska Parken. The event is open to the public!

    More information here:


    Location: Ihre salen, Campus Engelska Parken

  • Thu 19 May 2022, 09:15–12:00

    PhD Defense: Gbemisola Allwell-Brown on Anti-biotic use among children in Uganda

    On 19 May at 9.15 in Humanistiska teatern, Engelska Parken, Thunbergsv. 3H, PhD Candidate Gbemisola Allwell-Brown will defend her PhD thesis on Antibiotic use among children in low- and middle-income countries: Studies on global trends, and contextual determinants of antibiotic prescribing in Eastern Uganda.

    More info here

  • Thu 19 May 2022, 15:00–17:30

    Virtual Seminar UU/UEM Workshop: How to write academic articles?

    Welcome to the second Virtual Seminar in Africa Studies of the semester!

    The theme of this seminar/workshop will revolve around academic publishing.

    How to write academic articles? Where to publish? What to start with? How to handle critique? In this virtual seminar, Prof. Sten Hagberg, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University, will share insights on the academic publishing world, drawing on long-term experiences of writing for, publishing in, reviewing submissions for, and editing academic journals, followed by an active discussion with participants


    The seminar will be conducted online, on Thursday 19 May, at 15.00-17.30 (CET and CAT)


    Zoom link:




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


West Africa Conference 16-19 June 2021, click on the image



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.


We often get lots of people who attend our events, such as the Author Talk with Maria Ripenberg on 7/11 2019 to which 180 people came to the Ihre Hall.