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 anime 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 ? Il est ouvert aux jeunes chercheurs de l'institut et des différentes universités de Bamako. Cet atelier de formation est 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 organise 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 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.