African Studies Centre

African Studies Seminar: The tree for living well: the socio-cultural significance of enset in southern Ethiopia

Thursday, 10 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Enset (ensete ventricosum; Abyssinian banana), uniquely domesticated in Ethiopia, sustains upwards of 20 million people in southern Ethiopia. It also feeds a sizeable animal population and is in turn nurtured by both animals and people.

Speaker(s): 
Elizabeth Ewart (University of Oxford) & Wolde Tadesse (University of Oxford)

Horn of Africa: Support or subvert? Assessing devolution's effect on central power during Kenya's 2017 presidential rerun

Tuesday, 8 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
African Studies Centre Seminar Room

Devolution introduced new local-level political offices in order to transform Kenyan politics by reducing the high stakes around the presidential race.

Speaker(s): 
Hannah Waddilove (University of Warwick)

Horn of Africa: Constitutionalism, ‘developmentalism’ and popular demands in Ethiopia: exploring the common denominator

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
African Studies Centre Seminar Room

This seminar seeks to explain the competing and sometimes conflicting aspirations of the Ethiopian State, and its outcome as it has been displayed in the recent popular protests and demands.

Speaker(s): 
Henok Gabisa (Washington and Lee)

South Africa Discussion Group: UMTETELI WA BANTU AND THE CONSTITUTION OF SOCIAL PUBLICS IN 1920S AND 1930S SOUTH AFRICA

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Most writing on the black press in South African history views Umteteli wa Bantu, established in 1920 and funded by the Native Recruitment Corporation, as a signal for African loss of editorial independence, punting moderate African views in reaction to the more radical news available in newspape

Speaker(s): 
NATASHA ERLANK (University of Johannesburg)

Tackling Governance, Development and Security Challenges in Nigeria - Public Lecture by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria

Friday, 9 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford

How do we approach the questions of governance and development in the context of myriad challenges to human and state security such as the Boko Haram insurgency, lack of access to quality education, good health care, etc.?

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