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 2020
  • Fri 7 Feb 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies: Mats Målqvist: Proud to be a Siphilile woman

    Every year, more than five million children die before their fifth birthday and almost 300,000 women perish in connection to pregnancy and childbirth. The reasons for these tragedies are not primarily medical, but a matter of priorities and values. Social and cultural structures maintain destructive power relations, leaving the most vulnerable at risk.

    In 2012, Siphilile Maternal and Child Health was established in the Kingdom of Eswatini, recruiting and training ‘Mentor Mothers’ to be peer supporters in their own disadvantaged communities. Mats Målqvist highlights how by addressing culture and gender roles, the Mentor Mothers set an example of how maternal and child health can be improved through empowerment, realizing that power lies in the powerless, and that change starts at the margin.



  • Thu 20 Feb 2020, 15:00–17:00

    Présentation du Livre: Sécurité par le bas au Burkina Faso

    Présentation du Livre à Bamako, MALI:

    Sécurité par le bas : Perceptions et perspectives citoyennes des défis de sécurité au Burkina Faso, par : S. Hagberg, L.O. Kibora, S. Barry, Y. Cissao, S. Gnessi, A. Kaboré, B. Koné et M. Zongo.

    Jeudi le 20 février 2020 à 15.00-17.00, Institut des sciences humaines, Sotuba ACI, en Face de l'IER-CRRA, Bamako, Mali. Tel: 76 03 81 59, 76 45 55 76

    More info, click here

    Access online here

  • Fri 13 Mar 2020, 10:15–11:00

    Public Lecture: Anna Baral on "Love on the Move"

    Most welcome to a lecture on “Love on the Move: Intimacy and mobility in Jinja (Uganda)”. We have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Anna Baral, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Århus University, as she talks about her most recent research project in Uganda.


    Time: Friday 13 March 2020, 10.15-11.00

    Place: House 7, room 0042, Engelska Parken, Thunsbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala


    “Love on the Move: Intimacy and mobility in Jinja (Uganda)”

    Jinja (eastern Uganda) attracts migrant laborers, tourists and NGO workers. People move here to follow a partner in search for fortune, they fall in love with a tourist guide during a short winter break, or get married transnationally with their Ugandan office colleague. The lecture explores how mobility affects, informs and shapes love and relationships in this lively, multicultural town.

  • Tue 17 Mar 2020, 16:00–18:30

    Séminaire virtuel du LACET: Vers une anthropologie comparative, engagée et transnationale

    Bienvenue au lancement du Séminaire virtuel du LACET

    QUAND: Mardi le 17 mars à 16.00-18.30 (heure européenne, GMT+1) / 15.00-17.30 (heure GMT).

    OÙ: Room 3-2028, floor 2, building 3, Forum for Africa Studies, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, English Park Campus, Thunbergsv. 3H, Uppsala University ( ; Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD),  688, av. Pr. Joseph Ki-Zerbo Ouagadougou, secteur 4 ( ; Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD),  No 2000, rue 234 Quartier, Hippodrome, BP 2528 Bamako ( 


    - Prof. Sten Hagberg, Forum for Africa Studies, Uppsala
    - Prof. Associé Ludovic O. Kibora, Institut des Sciences des Sociétés, Ouagadougou 
    - Prof. Associé Baba Coulibaly, Institut des Sciences Humaines, Bamako
    Information ici


  • Fri 20 Mar 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies: Patrice Toé


    Welcome to the Friday Seminar of Africa Studies: 

    New ways of development: Towards an Anthropological Approach

    Prof. Patrice Toé, Université Nazi BONI, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
    Friday 20 March, 10.15-11.30
    ENG3-2028, Engelska Parken Thunsbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala
    More info here
  • Fri 3 Apr 2020, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies: Michel Östlund

    Welcome to the Friday Seminar in Africa Studies, with Michel Östlund on Human Rights as Art - The first exercise in Africa, Friday 3 April, 10.15-11.30, ENG3-2028 (also online). More info here



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.