Vårterminen 2018
  • fr 26 jan 2018, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in African Studies: Infrastructure as a Divination Tool Whispers from the Grids in a Nigerian City

    Infrastucture as a Divination Tool. Welcome to a seminar with Ulrika Trovalla and Eric Trovalla. More info here

  • fr 2 feb 2018, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in African Studies: “I am so so very not sure” University Students in Ghana and Their International Migration Aspirations

    University Students in Ghana and their International Migration Aspirations. Welcome to a seminar with Kajsa Hallberg Adu. More info here

  • fr 9 mar 2018, 10:15–11:30

    Friday Seminar in Africa Studies: The roles of built environments in the urban pasts of sub-Saharan Africa

    Welcome to a seminar on African urban pasts by Monika Baumanova. We meet, as usual, in room 3-2028, Engelska Parken.

    More info  here

  • fr 23 mar 2018, 10:15–11:30

    Witchcraft in comparative perspective

    Seminar with Nikolas Århem, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University

    Room Eng 3-2028, Engelska Parken

  • fr 6 apr 2018, 10:15–11:30

    'Institutional gaps'. A qualitative study on attitudes and perception on vacuum extraction in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Seminar by Henrik Makokha-Sandell, Doctoral Student, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH)

    Venue: Room 3-2028, Engelska Parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H

    Vacuum extraction (VE) is a popular technique of assisted vaginal delivery, aimed at shortening the length of the second stage of labour. In Tanzania, 9% of all maternal deaths are caused by complications of prolonged and obstructed labour. At the same time, the use of VE in developing countries is declining. 

      The seminar is based on a study of health care professionals’ perspective on VE, aimed to assess personal, cultural and structural factors hindering or aiding the use of VE, and evaluate a possible future intervention. The study, conducted at the largest consultant hospitals in Tanzania, reflects on the “institutional gaps” affecting updates of clinical guidelines, research and teaching in the practical use of VE.

  • to 26 apr 2018, 14:15–16:15

    Vega Medalist Prof Gillian Hart gives Public Lecture

    Gillian Hart, Professor of Geography at University of Californa (Berkeley USA), will give a public lecture in Humanistiska Teatern on Thursday 26/4 14-16. See more information here.

    In February 2018, professor Hart was awarded the Vega Medal by the Swedish Society of Geography and Anthropology (SSAG).  SSAG writes:

    "Professor Emerita Hart has established a worldwide reputation as one of human geography’s leading thinkers: an unrivalled expert on the dialectic of global and local change, on how this dialectic plays out in the rural regions of Southern Africa and Southeast Asia, and on the Gramscian political-economic theory to which she has often turned to understand these issues. Professor Emerita Hart is a world-renowned expert on questions of gender, race and power that she has explored through critical engagements with labor studies, development studies, and agrarian and regional studies."

  • fr 27 apr 2018, 10:15–11:30

    Let my People Go! Kwame Nkrumah’s Rhetoric of Resistance in the Motion of Independence in the Gold Coast

    Seminar by Eric Opoku Mensah

    (Head of Dept. of Communication Studies, College of Humanities & Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast)


    Kwame Nkrumah’s 1953 Motion of Independence is an artistic mosaic which presents the journey/travel of resistance from the beginning of colonialism to the threshold of Ghana’s independence in Sub Saharan Africa from British colonial rule.

    Nkrumah presents the ’travel’ motif as a climactic stage which has come about through his perseverance and persistence. This psychological/spiritual travel is presented as part of the larger and long African journey of emancipation from the claws of colonialism and imperialism.

    Drawing mainly from Perelman (1982), the speaker examines Nkrumah’s employment of the travel motif as a rhetorical/argumentative tool to create an emotional presence for his parliamentary audience.

  • ti 8 maj 2018, 14:15–17:00

    Public Film Screening and Roundtable on the Genocide in Rwanda, 8 May

    In commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Forum for Africa Studies together with the Embassy of Rwanda in Sweden, invite you to a public screening of the film “Ghosts of Rwanda” and a roundtable discussion on the legacies and lessons of the genocide.

    Date/Time: Tuesday 8 May at 14.15-17.00

    Venue: Geijer Hall, Engelska parken (room 6-1023, on Thunbergsv 3H)


    14.15-15.25 Film Screening of “Ghosts of Rwanda” (2004) by Greg Barker

    15.25-15.45 Coffee Break with refreshments

    15.45-17.00 Roundtable


    Roundtable Participants:

    H.E. Ms Christine Nkulikiyinka, Rwanda’s Ambassador to Sweden

    Richard Myrenberg, Swedish Radio (SR)

    Anne Kubai, Centre for Disciplinary Studies on Racism, Uppsala University

    Tom Mulisa, Dept. of Law, Uppsala University,

    Molly Sundberg, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University (coordinator of Forum for Africa Studies)

    Roundtable Moderator: Karen Brounéus, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, UU


  • fr 25 maj 2018, 10:15–11:30

    The relevance of research – or is another policy report what Africa needs?

    Seminar by Terje Oestigaard
    Senior Researcher and Associate Professor, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala

    Room Eng3-2028, 10.15-11.30

    Following UNESCO, ‘Poverty is also social, political and cultural…’ Research today is challenged with criteria of relevance, and with regards to studies of Africa, policy relevance is often stressed. In practice, this implies change or that current studies are a means for something else. While the aim of erasing economic poverty obviously implies change from prevailing conditions, the relevance of research may be quite different when it comes to the social and cultural dimensions of poverty – or cultural heritage in a broad sense. Moreover, given the colonial history an implicit or explicit emphasis on changing current conditions becomes problematic from a cultural and knowledge perspective, since not only may it partake in changing or erasing traditions, but it also seeks solutions to Africa’s challenges elsewhere and not in indigenous cultures and heritage values.

    This presentation is based on reflections after completing a long-term engagement and project for almost 15 years, which has resulted in the book The Religious Nile (I.B. Tauris, 2018). Throughout the years when I have conducted fieldworks from the sources (Ethiopia and Uganda) to the sea (Egypt), the lack of empirical documentation of African traditional religions and cultural heritage is striking, raising the question of how the social and cultural sciences best can contribute to African developments.

    If social and cultural poverty is an important issue, then another policy report is perhaps not what Africa needs, and what is the most optimal way of spending scarce research resources?

  • fr 1 jun 2018, 10:15–11:30

    Contemporary African Texts and Contexts: Decolonising the archive, genre and method

    Seminar by Lynda Gichanda Spencer (Rhodes University, South Africa)