African Studies Centre

Horn of Africa: What Is Supreme about the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM): Challenging the practices of representativeness amongst Muslims in Kenya

African Studies Centre, Oxford
Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 - 17:00
African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

The Horn of Africa Seminar brings together students and scholars interested in examining the region from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Speaker(s): 
Hassan Mwakimako (Pwani University College)

Horn of Africa: Ethiopia and Eritrea: an enduring animosity? Discussion and book launch for Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s most repressive state

Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s most repressive state
Tuesday, 24 January, 2017 - 17:00
African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

The Horn of Africa Seminar brings together students and scholars interested in examining the region from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Speaker(s): 
Martin Plaut (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

African Studies Seminar: Decolonial Citizenship: African Women’s Political Practices in Contested Spaces

Annette Joseph-Gabriel, University of Arizona (United States)
Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Black women played an active role in decolonization in the francophone world. However, their voices remain muted in historical narratives of twentieth-century anticolonial movements.

Speaker(s): 
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, University of Arizona (United States)

African Studies Seminar: Lagos Girl Power: Performing Postfeminism in Nigeria

Simidele Dosekun, University of Sussex
Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

This paper draws from a research project on class-privileged young women in Lagos who dress in a ‘spectacularly feminine style’ characterised by the extravagant use of normatively feminine elements including cascading hair extensions, long and brightly painted acrylic nails, heavy and immaculate

Speaker(s): 
Simidele Dosekun, University of Sussex

African Studies Seminar: Same Love: A Kenyan Gay Music Video as an African Queer Imaginary

Adriaan Van Klinken, University of Leeds
Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

In February 2016, a group of Nairobi-based artists under the name Art Attack released a music video titled Same Love. They described it as ‘a Kenyan song about same sex rights’, while at the same time claiming that the song had a pan-African scope.

Speaker(s): 
Adriaan Van Klinken, University of Leeds

African Studies Seminar: Book Launch: Writing a new history for South Sudan: whose history and for whom?

African Studies Centre, Oxford
Thursday, 2 February, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Africa’s newest nation has a long history. Often considered remote and isolated from the rest of Africa, and usually associated with the violence of slavery and civil war, South Sudan has been an arena for a complex mixing of peoples, languages, and beliefs.

Speaker(s): 
Douglas Johnson

African Studies Seminar: “Clean my Chinese wife”: Intimacy and identity politics of Nigerian migrants in Southern China

Yu Qiu, University of Cambridge
Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

In the Nigerian community in Guangzhou City (China), a metropolitan city that witnesses the influx of African migrants and the growth of transnational trade between China and Africa, many Nigerian males have established intimate and marital relationships with Chinese women in lower social classes

Speaker(s): 
Yu Qiu, University of Cambridge

African Studies Seminar: Understanding Zimbabwe: from Liberation to Authoritarianism

Sara Dorman, University of Edinburgh
Thursday, 19 January, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Understanding Zimbabwe’s trajectory from liberation to authoritarianism requires drawing on a broad set of debates that incorporate citizenship, voice, and nation-building, as well as the more obvious material drivers and power politics.

Speaker(s): 
Sara Dorman, University of Edinburgh

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