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    TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

By exploring the history of the TAKS Community Arts Centre in Gulu, Morris Omara and Tim Allen unveil the role of art in the healing process following the trauma of a two-decade-long civil war in northern Uganda.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

The colonial clubhouse in Gulu, northern Uganda, still stands. Back in […]

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    Book Review – Mediators, Contract Men, and Colonial Capital, by Cassandra Mark Thiesen

Book Review – Mediators, Contract Men, and Colonial Capital, by Cassandra Mark Thiesen

Henry Brefo describes this book as a rich historical archive that enriches our understanding of the dynamic history of labour in the Gold Coast

Cassandra Mark Thiesen in Mediators, Contract Men, and Colonial Capital 2018 illuminates the dynamic interaction between capital, labour and industry during the initial phase of colonialism in the Gold Coast (1870s-1900s). The author unearths the complex […]

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    ‘I will not be just average’ – How football took Aloh Francis from Uganda’s warzone to Vietnam and back

‘I will not be just average’ – How football took Aloh Francis from Uganda’s warzone to Vietnam and back

Madeleine Issitt narrates how Aloh Francis emerged from conflict-affected northern Uganda to develop a football career that took him to Vietnam.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

More than half a century ago, six footballers from the Acholi region of northern Uganda were selected to play in the Ugandan national football team that travelled […]

Using Art to Address Social Problems #LSEReturn

Ife Piankhi details how she has been inspired by the methods of the artists participating in the Politics of Return artist residency.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

The artist residency at 32 Degrees East in Kampala aims to explore the dynamics of how asylum seekers, internally-displaced people and refugees return home.

As Professor Tim […]

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    How representations of Africa by NGOs impact diaspora community’s identity and engagement with international development

How representations of Africa by NGOs impact diaspora community’s identity and engagement with international development

Dr Edward Ademolu outlines how his interest in the politics of visual representation particular in the development/humanitarian spheres evolved.

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What role, if anything, do representations of Africa by NGOs have on identity and engagement with International Development, by African diaspora communities?” Do they, readily accept development representations as visual documentaries upholding authoritative truths about Africa […]

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    Seeing and Being Development’s ‘Other’: Representations of Africa and Diaspora Audiences

Seeing and Being Development’s ‘Other’: Representations of Africa and Diaspora Audiences

Dr Edward Ademolu outlines how his interest in the politics of visual representation particular in the development/humanitarian spheres evolved.

As a young child in the 1990s my introduction to international development was through watching the performative biennial telethon ‘Red Nose Day’ of Comic Relief, a major UK charity. This high-profile event armed with prosthetic noses, mainstream contemporary music, and […]

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    Troubling times for the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Western Uganda

Troubling times for the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Western Uganda

Eleanor Beevor and Kristof Titeca provide an overview on the standoff between the Rwenzuru Kingdom and the Uganda government.

 

Over the last few years, the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda has been the site of devastating violence. On July 5 2014, there was a cruel mass attack by armed youths in the border districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo, in which […]

August 29th, 2018|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

Japan and the African Challenge

Although Japan was the first country to launch a forum on African development, the East Asian giant’s Africa engagement is now lagging behind some of its fellow Asian powers, argues Anne-Léonore Dardenne.

Over the last decade, Africa has undergone a substantial transformation and has attracted the attention of major Asian powers such as China, India, Japan and more recently South Korea. […]

Weber’s puzzle: Why is Nigeria so religious, yet so poor?

If the German philosopher Max Weber is right about the causal link between religiosity and prosperity, the why, asks LSE’s Olu Fasan, is Nigeria so poor.

A few months ago, the popular American preacher TD Jakes came to the church I attend in London. Preaching on leadership and wealth, he said prayer is not leadership and not enough to make […]

August 23rd, 2018|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Cohabitation and the Prospects for a Central African Return: The Case of Inke (DRC)

Cohabitation and the Prospects for a Central African Return: The Case of Inke (DRC)

Using the example of the village of Inke in Democratic Republic of Congo, Aaron Pangburn and José Ndala provide insight into how an inclusive approach and the support of host communities can improve the lives of displaced.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

For the last five years, Inke, a small village, forty kilometres outside […]

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