African Studies Centre

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.?

African Studies Seminar: 'The politics of things’: digital media, urban space and the materiality of civic engagement - CANCELLED due to the severe weather conditions

Thursday, 1 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

‘The politics of things’ refers to the way in which objects and physical spaces remain crucial to political communication in a digital age as well as to the manner in which objects such as clothing and the built environment become politicized in particular contexts.

Speaker(s): 
Wendy Willems (London School of Economics)

African Studies Seminar: Capitalist development and political institutions in Tanzania: Explaining variation in party cohesion and legislative power

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

The Tanzanian Bunge was long judged one of the weakest parliaments in a region where the legislature is often dismissed as a “sideshow”. Yet between 2005 and 2015, Bunge repeatedly forced then President Jakaya Kikwete to reshuffle his cabinet following corruption probes.

Speaker(s): 
Michaela Collord (University of Oxford)

African Studies Seminar: From rebel movement to political party: UNITA's social engagement in post-war Angola

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
St Antony's College, Pavilion Room

The endurance and indeed the growing electoral support manifested by the Angolan opposition party UNITA since its defeat as an armed movement in 2002 defies generally gloomy prognoses both for opposition parties in dominant party systems and for defeated rebel movements that recast themselves as

Speaker(s): 
Justin Pearce (University of Cambridge)

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