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.


Spring term 2021
  • Fri 22 Jan 2021, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Yahya Barry, Senior Visiting Researcher at the Center for African Studies, University of Copenhagen.

    Welcome to the first spring semester Friday seminar in Africa studies!

    On Friday the 22nd of January, Dr Yahya Barry will have a presentation on Black African Muslim European Identity, Culture and Heritage.

    Join us on zoom 

    More info here


  • Thu 28 Jan 2021, 14:00–18:00

    Webinar on West African Dynamics

    Welcome to our Webinar on West African Dynamics co-hosted by the Forum for Africa Studies at Uppsala University, and the Mande Studies Association (MANSA), on Thursday 28 January 14.00-18.00 (13.00-17.00 TU/GMT). Simultaneous translation services.

    Bienvenue à notre wébinaire sur les Dynamiques ouest-africaines co-organisé par le FOrum for Africa STudies de l'Université d'Uppsala et l'Association des Études Mandé (MANSA9 jeudi le 28 janvier 14.00-18.00 (13.00-17.00 TU/GMT). Le wébinaire bénéficie des servcies de la traduction simultanée. 


    The invitation is available here

    Detailed programme and information about speakers here

  • Fri 12 Feb 2021, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies on Skin-Lightening with Amna Elyas and Salma Elmukashfi Eltahir Mohammed

    Most Welcome to this Online Literature Seminar on Skin-lightening!


    Skin-Lightening: A Global Public Health Affair

    Skin-lightening through the use of creams, soaps, pills, injections, and other melanin-inhibiting mechanisms is globally an ordinary everyday phenomenon. Skin-lightening practices are rooted in localized global systems of colourism where societies put higher value on lighter skin. When one discusses these practices in relation to health it is important to acknowledge that they are often labelled as immoral, leaving users that are already targeted by colourist structures very vulnerable. At the same time, potent lightening ingredients including heavy metals, corticosteroids, hydroquinone and tretinoin are associated with serious acute and long-term complications in the skin and other organs, especially with prolonged use and in vulnerable groups such as pregnant and breastfeeding women and children. In this literature seminar, Amna Elyas and Salma Eltahir will introduce the topic of skin-lightening from a medical perspective, focusing on prevalence, the ingredients and potential complications.

    Friday 12 February 2021, 10.15-11.30

    Zoom Link:   


    Amna Elyas, Resident in dermatology, Skåne University Hospital and PhD student Lund University

    Salma Eltahir, B.Pharm, University of Khartoum, MSc Global Health, Uppsala University.


    The texts below will form the starting point for the seminar discussion. 

    Sagoe D. et al. 2019. The global prevalence and correlates of skin bleaching: a meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis, International Journal of Dermatology , 58, 24-44

    Olumide Y. et al. 2008. Complications of chronic use of skin lightening cosmetics, International Journal of Dermatology, 47, 344-353

    Ori M., Larsen J, Shirazi F. 2018. Mercury Poisoning in a Toddler from Home Contamination due to Skin-Lightening Cream, The Journal of Pediatrics, 196, 314-317

    Darj E, Infanti JJ, Ahlberg BM, Okumu J. 2015  “The fairer the better?” Use of potentially toxic skin bleaching products, Afri Health Sci., 15(4), 1074-1080

    If you do not have the access to some of the literature please contact Clementina Amankwaah, Oulia Makkonen or Ulrika Trovalla:


    More info here:

    Literature seminar on skin-lightening

  • Fri 26 Feb 2021, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Associate Professor Nicklas Hållén on "Notes from the Lock Down", a collection of texts written about and/or during the lockdown from a number of sub-Saharan countries.

    Welcome to our Friday seminar in Africa studies!

    On the 26th of February, we will have the pleasure to discuss with Associate Professor Nicklas Hållén a fanzine he compiled on the experiences of the lockdown from the African continent. 

    Please take a look at the fanzine:  

    Join us on zoom: 

    More information here:

  • Tue 9 Mar 2021, 15:00–17:30

    Séminaire virtuel du LACET: Casser le plafond de verre?

    "Femmes de devant!"

    Combat du leadership féminin au Burkina Faso

    Bienvenue au séminaire virtuel du LACET mardi le 9 septembre, 15.00-17.30, sur la participation politique des femmes en Afrique de l'Ouest à partir de l'ouvrage « Femmes de devant ! » Combat du leadership féminin au Burkina Faso (2021) par S. Hagberg, L.O. Kibora, B. Koné, A. Konkobo, E Zongo, S. Barry, Y. Cissao et P. Kaboré. Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 6. Plus d'info, cliquez ici.



  • Fri 19 Mar 2021, 10:15–11:30

    Friday seminar with Joanna Woods from Stockholm University on Southern African literature

  • Fri 23 Apr 2021, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Anders Themnér on Truth-telling and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone



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.