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 23 Apr 2021, 10:15–11:30

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

    Welcome to our seminar in Africa Studies!

    On April 23, Associate Professor Anders Themner, from the Department of Peace and Conflict, Uppsala University, will give a presentation on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone.

    Join us on zoom on Friday April 23, at 10.15.

    No registration required!

    Zoom link:

    Zoom ID 615 3279 1913 

    More information here

  • Mon 17 May 2021, 15:15–17:00

    Fieldwork in Anthropology and Linguistics: FAL in the Digital Realm

    Join the seminar hosted by the Fieldwork in Anthropology and Linguistics Network on Monday 17 May, 15.15-17.00. This seminar will focus on fieldwork in the digital realm.

    Invited speakers are Rosa de Jorio, Prof in Anthropology at the University of North Florida, and Maggie Glass, PhD Student in Linguistics at the University of Limerick.

    Rosa de Jorio: Fieldwork with Social Media: Political Participation of/in Malian Diasporas

    Maggie Glass: Stalking Hashtags: Examining language policy in Irish micro-fandom

    Invitation to the seminar
    Link to the Network here
    Zoom-link, click here

    Most Welcome!

  • Mon 31 May 2021, 16:15–18:00

    Virtual Seminar in Africa Studies: Two new PhD projects in anthropology

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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.