African Studies Centre

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)

African Studies Seminar: Taking normative politics in Africa seriously: can we conceptualize "accessibility" as a political value? Case studies from Southwest Nigeria

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

This talk argues for the need for a new approach to the study of African Politics that takes seriously the role of ideas, values and ideology, before offering an example of what this might look like in practice.

Speaker(s): 
Portia Roelofs (London School of Economics)

African Studies Seminar: Negotiating with China: African agency and challenges

Thursday, 25 January, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Ms Folashadé Soulé joins the African Studies evening seminars to discuss her latest paper entitled ‘Negotiating with China: African agency and challenges’. Her research challenges the assumption that African bureaucracies are passive in their relationship with China and she interrogates what can be learned from successful Africa-China projects’ negotiations.

 

Speaker(s): 
Folashadé Soulé

African Studies Seminar: Why is the Horn different

Thursday, 18 January, 2018 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

This talk ascribes the distinctive character of the Horn (taken to encompass Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland) firstly to its topography, and secondly to its place as the region least affected by colonial logics of state formation.

Speaker(s): 
Professor Christopher Clapham

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