December 2023
  • Tue 5 Dec 2023, 14:30–16:30

    Virtual seminar Decolonizing Research Methodologies

    On Tuesday December 5, Gaoussou Dembele and Philibert Sylla from Institut des Sciences humaines in Bamako will present their research as part of the Decolonizing research methodologies virtual seminar series. 

    The meeting will take place online at 13.30 – 15.30 (GMT); 14.30 – 16.30 (CET); 16.30 – 18.30 (GMT+3)

    The presentations will be in French followed by a brief interpretation in English. Questions can be asked in both French and English.

    Most welcome!



  • Wed 6 Dec 2023, 09:30–11:00

    Coordinators Club

    Coordinators club meeting is for research coordinators across Uppsala universities in all the three domains-Medfam, Tecknat and Humsam. The December meeting is hosted by Forum for Africa Studies  and we will present on what Forum for Africa studies is; its mandates, activities and future plans.

    Contact Kajsa Hallberg Adu ( to register or for more info!

  • Wed 13 Dec 2023, 09:15–13:00

    CoRE AI Seminar: A framework for developing an AI gender auditing tool

    A half-day workshop on the phases involved in developing an AI gender audit tool. The framework lends itself to a number of real life scenarios. This workshop will benefit everyone interested in or currently conducting or intending to conduct research in equitable AI, and this includes but is not limited to Data Scientists, AI Researchers, Students, Academics, Industry Professionals and AI enthusiasts. 

    Teachers: Dr Mary Akinyemi, Dr Chika Yinka-Banjo, Dr Olasupo Ajayi (University of Lagos)


    More info:

  • Thu 14 Dec 2023, 09:00 – Fri 15 Dec 2023, 17:00

    Sahel Symposium: Public Services and Citizen Perspectives in Times of Crisis


    The Sahel Symposium is jointly organized by Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies and the Swediosh International Peace Research Institute, 14-15 December 2023, on PUBLIC SERVICES AND CITIZEN PERSPECTIVES IN TIMES OF CRISIS. The Symposium will take place in Uppsala. Participants will be researchers from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Germany, and Sweden. More information will be available shortly.

    We will be in Campus Blåsenhus: Bertil Hammer-salen 24:K104 (Thursday 9-17) and 13:136 (Friday 9-13). Access the invitation here
    Detailed preliminary programme here





Since the launching in March 2012, Uppsala University's Forum for Africa Studies has hosted 300 events (seminars, lectures, roundtables, film screenings, workshops, symposia, conferences), mostly at Uppsala University, but increasingly also at collaborating institutions in Africa. 2015-22 we led 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 Burkina Faso, we study ongoing socio-political transformations from the perspectives of local actors in municipalities. Current projects also include Citizen Perspectives on Societal Challenges in Mali, and the Research School Decolonizing Research Methologies.

For more info about our recent activities, consult our 2022 Annual Report. From January 2023, the Forum has a broadened mission to cover the whole university.To follow our upcoming events consult this page and/or follow us on Facebook.



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.


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.


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


The Third Wave of the Liberation Struggles in Africa: From Anti- to De-Colonisation Friday 27 Oct. 10.15-11.30. Engelska Parken, room 3-2028 The seminar will be held at Engelska Parken, room 3-2028. For more info, click on image.