The launching of Forum for Africa Studies took place on the 27th of March 2012 in the Ihre-hall at the English Park Campus. Some hundred researchers, students and other people interested in this new forum participated in the event.
Professor Margareta Fahlgren, Vice-rector the Disciplinary Domain of the Humanities and Social Sciences, began the launching by explaining her views and aspirations for the forum. Her speech was followed by four presentations made by four researchers at Uppsala University. Dr. Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, presented the work of the institution and her own research in African countries. Professor Paul Sinclair from the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, told the audience about his previous experiences of working with African universities and research in Zimbabwe. Dr. Gabriella Körling from the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology presented her own research in Niger and the research conducted by other researchers at the department. The three presentations were followed by Professor Tekeste Negash from the Department of History who presented his work at the Forum for Africa Studies.
The last presentation made before the coffee break was made by Carin Norberg, director of the Nordic Africa Institute situated in Uppsala. She presented her view of the Forum for Africa Studies and the possible ways in which the forum and the institute could work together.
After the coffee break the focus shifted to the Pan African University initiative in which the Forum for Africa Studies will play a role. Dr. Yohannes Woldetensae from the African Union presented the background to the PAU initiative. He was followed by Professor Joseph Vincent Ntuda Ebode who represented the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon and Dr. Kwame Gebesemete from Sida. The launching of the Forum for Africa Studies was ended by a presentation by Professor Sten Hagberg who is the chair of Forum for Africa Studies.
The day ended with a West African buffet at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.