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.


January 2023
  • Tue 17 Jan 2023, 09:00–14:00

    Project Launching in Bamako: Citizen Perspectives in Mali

    The Programme PERSPECTIVES CITOYENNES DES DÉFIS DE SOCIÉTÉ AU MALI will be officially launched in Bamako, Mali, on Tuesday 17 January 2023, 9:00-14:00 at the Institut des Sciences Humaines. The Launching will be presided by the Ambassador of Sweden in Mali, H.E. Ms. Kristina Kühnel, and the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific research, Prof. Amadou Keïta. The launching will provide a great occasion to get to discuss the practical implementation of the programme with a large circle of stakesholders faciltated by the research lab LACET .

    The programme is available here


  • Mon 23 Jan 2023, 10:15–12:00

    PhD Defence in Sociology: Sara Hamed's Healthcare Staff's Racialised Talk

    Join Sara Hamed's PhD Defence in Sociology at Uppsala University on "Healthcare Staff's Racialised Talk: Examining Accounts of Racialisation in Healthcare", on Monday 23 January 2023, 10.15-12.00, Humanistiska teatern, Engelska Parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H.

    Faculty Examiner is Associate Prof. Rebecca Selberg, Lund University. Supervisors are Prof. Hannah Bradby and Prof. Sandra Torres.

    More info here
    Access PhD thesis here

  • Thu 26 Jan 2023, 09:15–17:00

    International Workshop: Fieldwork in Anthropology and Linguistics

    An International Workshop on Fieldwork in Anthropology and Linguistics: Revisiting Research Practice will be hosted at CIRCUS. Among the presenters, one notes two specialists on Mali: Professor Friederike Lüpke, University of Helsinki, and Professor Sten Hagberg, Uppsala University. Please consult the preliminary programme.


  • Fri 27 Jan 2023, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies: Oulia Makkonen

    Welcome to our first Friday seminar of the semester, with Oulia Makkonen, Forum for Africa Studies, Uppsala University.

    Decolonizing Research Methodologies: Language in International Collaborations 

    When: Friday 27 January 2023, 10.15-11.30

    Where: Engelska Parken, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Room 3-2028



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.