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.


Autumn term 2020
  • Tue 25 Aug 2020, 16:00–18:30

    Séminaire virtuel du LACET: Alternance par la rue?

    Welcome to our French-speaking Séminaire virtuel du LACET on recent fiedlwork on the Malian crisis in 2020 entitled ALTERNANCE PAR LA RUE?.

    Most welcome.

    More info here

  • Wed 16 Sep 2020, 09:00–12:00

    Atelier de formation: Sten Hagberg

    Prof. Sten Hagberg a animé une session de formation à l'Institut des Sciences Humaines de Bamako, Mali, mercredi le 16 septembre 2020 à 9.00, intitulée COMMENT ÉCRIRE UN ARTICLE SCIENTIFIQUE ? L'atelier fut ouvert aux jeunes chercheurs de l'institut et des différentes universités de Bamako. 50 chercheurs et étudiants y ont pris part. Cet atelier de formation a été co-organisé par le Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Comparative, Engagée et Transnationale (LACET)

    On Wednesday 16 Sept. 9.00 at the Institut des Sciences Humaines in Bamako, Mali, Prof. Sten Hagberg leades a training session on how to write a scientific article. Participants will be young researchers of the institute as well as at the different universities of Bamako. The training session is part of Forum for Africa Studies' leading role in the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Comparative, Engagée et Transnationale (LACET). Click here for the invitation

  • Wed 16 Sep 2020, 14:30–17:00

    LACET Seminar in Mali: "Pouvoirs des urnes, de la rue et de la caserne"

    Le LACET a organisé un séminaire sur la crise actuelle au Mali sur place à Bamako à l'Institut des Sciences Humaines (ISH) mercredi le 16 sept. à 14h30. Le séminaire est intitulé: "Pouvoir des urnes, de la rue et de la caserne: Notes préliminaires d'une recherche collaborative sur la crise malienne". Invitation ici

  • Fri 25 Sep 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Linda Engström

    Welcome to the Friday seminar of Africa Studies:

    Privatised Development Narratives? Reflections on the Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice through a Large-Scale Agro-Investment in Tanzania


    Dr. Linda Engstöm, Researcher at Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    Friday 25 September, 10.15-11.30

    ENG3-2028, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala. (also online)

    Zoom link:

    More info here:




  • Mon 28 Sep 2020, 16:00–17:30

    UU/UEM Virtual Seminar in Africa Studies: Development in Neoliberal Times: Anthropological Critiques and Lessons from Rwanda

    Welcome to the autumn semester’s first Virtual Seminar in African Studies between Uppsala University and Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique!

    The seminar addresses citizen participation in development interventions and local understandings of poverty.

    - Anna Berglund, Lund University, will present her doctoral research on Rwandan peasants’ engagement with agricultural modernization

    - Molly Sundberg, Uppsala University, will discuss anthropological approaches to the study of development and neoliberalism

    Date/Time: Monday 28 Sep, 16.15-18

    Place: Online via Zoom

    Please see poster on how to register and access readings.


  • Fri 9 Oct 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies on Skin-lightening

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


    Images through the Lens of Colourism and Skin-lightening Practices

    On the African continent as well as in the African diaspora, skin-lightening practices grown out of colonial and post-colonial power hierarchies, structures and processes, reflect discourses surrounding colourism. Moving beyond generalizing discourses, and positioning the practices of skin-lightening within localized experiences of the world, we here focus on situated geographies of colourism. In this first literature seminar on skin-lightening, Forum for Africa Studies invites you to a discussion about the images that represent and construct skin-lightening practices, the discourses they engender, their reflections of situated geographies of colourism, and how the skin itself becomes an image.


    Friday 9 October 2020, 10.15-11.30

    Zoom link


    Clementina Amankwaah, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

    Oulia Makkonen, Department of Theology

    Ulrika Trovalla, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology



    10:15 Ulrika Trovalla opens the seminar

    10:20 Oulia Makkonen introduces the theme: Images through the Lens of Colourism and Skin-lightening Practices

    10:35 Clementina Amankwaah opens the floor for a common discussion



    The texts below will form the starting point for the seminar discussion. If you do not have the access to some of the literature please contact one of the organisers:;;

    Cooper, Helen. 2016. Where Beauty Means Bleached Skin: A multibillion-dollar industry of skin-whitening products dominates the West African cosmetics market, creating a world of mixed messages for the women who live there.

    Lynn M. Thomas. 2019. Consumer culture and ‘black is beautiful’ in apartheid South Africa and early postcolonial Kenya, African Studies, 78:1, 6-32.

    Phoenix, Aisha. 2014. Colourism and the politics of beauty. Feminist Review, (108), 97-105.

    Yeboah, Stephanie. 2019. My toxic love affair with skin lightening creams. The Guardian, 8 April, 2019.

    More info here:


  • Tue 10 Nov 2020, 15:00–18:00

    LACET Conférence-débat: Sécurité par le bas au Burkina Faso

    The research lab LACET hosts a lecture-débat around the book Security from below in Burkina Faso on Tuesday 10/11 in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. For non-Francophone readers, the English version of the book will be published in early 2021.

    Le Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Comparative, Engagée et Transnationale (LACET) organise une conférence-débat autour de l'ouvrage Sécurité par le bas: Perceptions et perspectives citoyennes des défis de sécurité au Burkina Faso, mardi le 10 novembre à Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. L'invitation est accéssible ici.


  • Fri 13 Nov 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Marie Deridder

    Most welcome to this online Friday seminar in Africa studies!

    Dr. Marie Deridder will present her new research project:

    The Euro-African Migration, Development, Security Nexus in West Africa: Negotiating Mobility in Mali and Burkina Faso (NEGOMOBI)

    Zoom link:

    More information here




  • Fri 27 Nov 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Sten Hagberg

    Welcome to the Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Sten Hagberg on "Prospects for Peace & Democracy in Mali and Burkina Faso: Anthropological Engagements", Friday 27/11 2020 at 10.15-11.30. More info here

  • Fri 18 Dec 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies with Véronique Simon



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.