African Studies Centre

Empires Loyalists: Histories of Rebellion and Collaboration in the British Empire

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The AHRC has made a major research award to Professor David Anderson and his Warwick University colleague, Dr Daniel Branch, for a wide-ranging project on the history of British imperialism.  Dr Branch is a former Research Associate of Oxford's African Studies Centre, and was previously a doctoral student at St Peter's College, Oxford.

Dance in Senegal (2007-2008)

Dance rehearsal and training, Dakar 2002, 2003.

Dr Neveu Kringelbach’s doctoral research focused on dance, social mobility and ethnicity in Dakar, Senegal. She is now working on a monograph building up from her thesis, soon to be published by Berghahn Books. The research looks at neo-traditional and contemporary dance troupes in Dakar. It traces the historical transformations of both genres and explores the social, political and economic reasons for the popularity of dance and musical performance in the city.

Youth, Livelihoods and Violence in Nigeria

Agaba masquerade performance, 2003.

This project conducted by Dr David Pratten has explored inter-generational tensions and the mobilization of youth as a political category in southern Nigeria. Its focus has been to document the livelihoods and modes of sociality among young men in order for us better to understand the reported ‘crisis of youth’ on the African continent. In the course of the research new perspectives have been examined in relation to vigilantism, cults and masquerade.

African Voices: Letters of petition from Colonial Nigeria (2006)

Led by Dr Chima Korieh, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Marquette University, this project is the first systematic attempt to collect, collate, annotate, and publish letters of petitions and supplications written by Africans in colonial Nigeria, in order to make them available to scholars, while critically analyzing them as an important source for African voices in a colonial context.

Landscape, people and parks: environmental change in the Lower Omo Valley (2007-2010)

The Lower Omo Valley is one of the biologically and culturally most diverse regions of Africa. It is home to nine different peoples, practicing a wide range of subsistence activities (pastoralism, flood-retreat and shifting cultivation, hunting and fishing) and speaking seven different languages belonging to two of the four major African language families. Over the last 100 years it has undergone large-scale physical changes due to reduced rainfall over the Omo catchment.

Coalitional Presidentialism Project

Overview

The project is motivated by the surprising sustainability of multiparty presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and postcommunist Europe.

Despite predictions to the contrary, presidents have been remarkably successful at winning legislative support from fragmented legislatures. The project has two principal objectives: (1) to identify the tools that presidents use to govern in concert with multiparty legislatures and (2) to assess the effects of these tools on horizontal accountability in new democracies.

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