Spring term 2017
  • Fri 10 Feb 2017, 10:15–11:30

    Uppsala University’s Engagement with Africa

    Friday 10th February 2017

    Room 3-2028, Engelska Parken

    What does Uppsala University’s engagement with Africa look like

    Presenter: Molly Sundberg, Researcher at the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

    During the autumn of 2016, Forum for Africa Studies embarked on a mapping exercise of all significant academic activities involving Africa at Uppsala University. Sources of data include interviews with a selection of researchers; a university-wide, online questionnaire; a review of doctoral dissertations published during 2000-2016; and department websites and documents. The results from that mapping will be presented at this Fredagsforsk, and will be followed by an open discussion of conclusions and recommendations regarding Africa-oriented work at the university.


  • Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10:15–11:30

    Mental ill-health and psychological treatments in a Ghananian context

    Mental ill-health and psychological treatments in a Ghananian context



    Joakim Norberg, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University

    Jan Carlsson, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro Universitet


    Location: 3-3028 Engelska Parken


    This presentation will outline a planned research collaboration between Ghana and Sweden to provide public mental health care in the West-African region with culturally sensitive knowledge about depression. Most available research on depression and psychological treatments for depression was carried out in Europe and North America. However, this research does not easily carry over to Ghana due to cultural differences that include lifestyle, views, beliefs, values, and attitudes. The planned research collaboration aims at exploring the expression of depression and lay theories on the etiology and cure of depression in Ghana by using qualitative methods. The presenters are hoping for feedback on how to develop this project.


  • Thu 23 Feb 2017, 16:00–18:00

    Multiple Marginalities, Enslaving Culture!

    Multiple Marginalities, Enslaving Culture!

    Maasai Women Navigating Culture, Tradition and Patriarchy in their Quest for Political Leadership in Kenya

    Presenter: Dr. Damaris S. Parsitau

    Location: Ihresalen, Engelska Parken

    Dr. Parsitau is Senior Lecturer in Religion, Gender and Public Life, and Director at the Institute of Women Gender and Development Studies, Egerton University in Kenya, and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of South Africa. She also serves as Vice President and the East and Central African Representative for the African Association for the Study of Religions. 

    Location: Ihre salen, Campus Engelska Parken

  • Thu 11 May 2017 – Sat 13 May 2017

    Multiple Healths: Pasts, presents and futures of bio-medicine and wellbeing in/with Africa

    Multiple Healths:

    Pasts, presents and futures of bio-medicine and wellbeing in/with Africa 


    • Abena Osseo-Asare, Dept of History, University of Texas at Austin, USA
    • Bilinda Straight, Dept of Anthropology and Dept of Gender and Women’s Studies, Western Michigan University, USA
    • Esmeralda Mariano, Dept of Anthropology, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
    • Hannah Akuffo, Unit of Research Cooperation, Sida, Sweden
    • Hussein Kidanto, Ministry of Health and Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania
    • Noemi Tousignant, Dept of History, Université de Montréal, Canada
    • Ruth Prince, Dept of Community Medicine and Global Health, University of Oslo, Norway
    • Wenzel Geissler, Dept of Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway

    In this symposium we ask how local aspirations for, and visions of, health and well-being in African contexts are, or have been, facilitated, compromised, or bypassed by globally connected bio-medical projects and practices. Moving beyond critiques of evidence-based medicine or globally mobile models of medical knowledge and practice, the symposium explores cases where local actors and organizations seek to realize improvements in health that do not always conform to coexisting global/regional/national health priorities, programmes, policies or concepts. We further explore actor’s explicit, implicit and hidden strategies for capturing global practices and resource flows to facilitate local visions of health and well-being in Africa.

    The symposium is an activity of the Health, Politics and Culture in Africa theme at Uppsala University’s Forum for Africa Studies. Information about how to register to participate in the event is forthcoming in February.

    For more information about this event visit send an email to Eren Zink at