All events listed below are free and open to all with no ticket required unless otherwise stated. Entry is on a first come first served basis.


Michelmas Term 2015

Is Africa Rising: a personal perspective from Winnie Byanyima

Department of International Development public lecture

Date: Monday 12 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Winnie Byanyima
Chair: Dr Duncan Green

Winnie will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda, and discuss the true nature of Africa’s growth story and how we must tackle crisis of inequality in Africa.

Born in Uganda, Winnie Byanyima (@Winnie_Byanyima) is the Executive Director of Oxfam International. She has been a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building, spanning the diplomatic, multilateral, legislative and civil society arenas. She founded Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a leading NGO in Uganda and has served at the African Union Commission and at the United Nations Development Programme as Director of Gender and Development.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEAfrica



Summer Term 2015


Barrel of a Gun? The Armed Struggle for Democracy in South Africa

Ralph Miliband Programme “War and Peace” lecture series

Date: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker:  Gillian Slovo
Chair: Dr Robin Archer

Gillian Slovo will reflect on revolutionary heroism and the impact of the ANC’s turn to armed struggle in the fight for democracy in South Africa.

Gillian Slovo is a South African born novelist, playwright and memoirist.

Robin Archer is Associate Professor in Political Sociology and Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme at LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSESlovo


Divided Cities: urban inequalities in the 21st century

Department of Sociology Inaugural Lecture

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker:  Professor Fran Tonkiss
Chair: Professor Ricky Burdett

What kinds of cities are emerging as urbanisation grows alongside worsening inequality? Why does urban inequality matter, and what is distinctive about urban inequalities now?

Fran Tonkiss is Professor of Sociology at LSE and Director of  the Cities Programme.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSETonkiss


Above the Parapet – Women in Public Life

Institute of Public Affairs public lecture

Date: Tuesday 2 June 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Sylvia Tamale

Professor Tamale will talk about her journey to be a prominent Ugandan academic, reflecting on obstacles faced and dynamics that enabled her progress.

Sylvia Tamale is a Ugandan academic and Above the Parapet Senior Visiting Fellow at LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSETamale


The Rhetoric and Reality of Ethiopian Justice Sector Reform

Date: Friday 5 June
Time: 6-7.30pm
Venue: LSE 32L G.03 1st Floor Conference Room, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2A 3PH
Speaker: Henok G. Gabisa, (Washington & Lee University School of Law)

Two decades after the adoption of the current constitution, the Ethiopian government’s shibboleth of “comprehensive justice sector reform program” rolled off, with a heavy reliance on bilateral and multilateral financial support. The reform claims to dwell on four major components: court administration, law enforcement enhancement, legislative capacity building and Legal Education curriculum upgrading. Nevertheless, quite contrary to the thesis, Ethiopian conception and consumption of “justice reform” suffers structural and fundamental deficiencies. First, the standoffish nature of the country’s constitution, a document more honored in the breach than the observance, is just treacherous for a reform to function efficaciously. Second, the tendency to limit judicial power from fully enforcing the constitutional bill of rights has reduced the country’s court into a political gadget that no amount of reform can overhaul. Third, the absence of institutionalized legislative scrutiny in the country had the notion of legislative supremacy fall prey to a political partisanship. The sectorial “reform” in Ethiopia, therefore, appears to be a political masquerade being deployed to only lobby for foreign legitimacy, while usurping the Ethiopian people the benefit of a real and productive reform. By presenting the juxtaposition between rhetoric and the real thoughts of the subject, the presentation scrutinizes the pre and post-reform situations along with the substantial and practical deficiencies that permanently handicapped the tradition of constitutionalism in Ethiopia.



Fighting Homophobia in Uganda: A Conversation with Frank Mugisha

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015
Time: 6.30-7:30pm
Venue: Thai Theatre (New Academic Building LG.03)
Speaker: Dr Frank Mugisha and Dr Rahul Rao
Chair: Chris Thomas

Dr Rahul Rao will be interviewing Dr Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, about his experiences as a gay man and an LGBT activist in one of the most actively hostile nations in the world. Uganda is threatening to enact new legislation which would lead to the further persecution of the LGBT community, and a clamp down on LGBT advocacy NGOs like Sexual Minorities Uganda. There will also be an opportunity members of the audience to ask Frank about his vital work and life-long struggle to fight for the human rights of LGBT people in this uniquely persecutory environment.

All members of the audience are invited to attend the reception following the debate to continue the discussion.

Dr Frank Mugisha is a Ugandan LGBT rights advocate and the Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda.

Dr Rahul Rao is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.

Dr Chris Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at LSE.


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Lent Term 2015

Berber Government: the Kabyle polity in pre-colonial Algeria


Date: Monday 12 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Hugh Roberts

Professor Roberts will discuss his new book, in which he lays the foundations of new ways of understanding the complex role of the Kabyles in Algerian political life.

Hugh Roberts is Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History at Tufts University.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSERoberts


Conor Gearty in Conversation with Chaloka Beyani

LSE Law public conversation

Date: Wednesday 14 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Dr Chaloka Beyani
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

Dr Beyani will talk about international human rights, working with the UN and his duties as Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

Chaloka Beyani is Associate Professor of International Law at LSE.

Conor Gearty (@conorgearty) is Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and a Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE.


Documentary Screening: Living with, and looking at, Ebola followed by Q&A with Sorious Samura & Clive Patterson

Date: Wednesday 28th January
Time: 18.00-20.00
Venue: CLM (Clement House) 4.02

Crises offer windows of illumination which can expose the workings of systems. Sorious presents voices and images which may be uncomfortable, but illuminating. Ebola has generated high levels of fear and aversion, extending beyond the geographic spread of cases. These reactions can be seen as disabling both operational responses and learning. Individualised and nationalistic reactions dominate; cultural misunderstandings have been problematic. Discrepancies between impacts, media attention & representations, and resource allocation deserve scrutiny. Distrusts, and service inadequacies, appear as both antecedents, and consequences, of urban Ebola.

Sorious Samura – described as one of the world’s most widely respected African film and television journalists, and Clive Patterson, director & producer. Insight TWI’s documentaries have won numerous awards, tackling difficult issues with a deeply committed and fearless approach which foregrounds insufficiently heard voices.


Entrepreneurship in Africa: opportunities and challenges

LSE Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship Matters public lecture

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Mthuli Ncube
Chair: Professor Alnoor Bhimani

Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, will look at the challenges facing leaders who must identify development needs and priorities for an entire, rapidly evolving continent. He will discuss the future of Africa and the global opportunities this brings, as well as his own experience of being an entrepreneur in Africa.


Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #eshipmatters

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Email to request a ticket. For any queries contact Sara Feast on or call 02071075483.



Film Screening: The Awra Amba Experience

Department of Media and Communications Event

Date: Wednesday February 4th 2015
Time: 5.30-8.00
Venue: Tower 1, TW1.G.01

The Awra Amba Experience is an interactive documentary telling an inspiring and hopeful story about an Ethiopian village, that has dared to re-imagine and put into practise a new societal model. An online, cinematic experience allows audiences to explore the story through an immersive, 360° tour of the village, where they meet the community’s inhabitants and learn about their way of life in short films, infographics and photo stories, as well as connect with the community through an online discussion platform.

Chair: Dr Shakuntala Banaji, LSE, Media and Communications

Please RSVP with Dr Shakuntala Banaji ( or Dr Wendy Willems (


Nationalism in Africa: Aspiration, Self improvement and Belonging

The Obi Igwara Lecture 2015

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Room 5.02, Clement House,  LSE
Speaker: Dr Heike I Schmidt

Dr Heike I. Schmidt is a lecturer in Modern History at the University of Reading, on ‘Nationalism in Africa: Aspiration, Self-Improvement and Belonging’. Dr Schmidt’s biography is at the University of Reading.

The Chair will be Dr Michael Amoah (SOAS).

These lectures are given in memory of Obi Igwara, who tragically passed away far too early. Obi Igwara was a founding member of the Association and these lectures focus on her research area: ethnicity and nationalism in Africa.


Shifting African digital landscapes

LSE Africa Talks Public Lecture

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Dr Sean Jacobs, The New School
Chair: Dr Wendy Willems, Department of Media and Communications, LSE

Developments and changes to the online media sphere point to interesting possibilities for how Africans are engaging in the global public sphere. Whether via irreverent Youtube prank videos, blogs, Instagram, song remixes, or producing independent online media (such as the Nigerian-focused Sahara Reporters), among others, and addressing topics such as homosexuality, gender relations, economic relations, African subjects are taking their place more and more as audiences and agents, rather than as receivers of aid and information.

Sean Jacobs is on the faculty of The New School in New York City and the founder of the popular Africa is a Country blog ( He holds a PhD in Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focuses on the relationship between politics and popular culture. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of African Media Studies and African Journalism Studies. A former Fulbright and Commonwealth Scholar, he has held fellowships at The New School, Harvard University and New York University. Jacobs was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and spent his formative years under Apartheid.




Michaelmas Term 2014

EXHIBITION: South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

LSE Arts public exhibition

Date: Monday 1 – Friday 26 September 2014
Time:  10am- 8pm, Mon-Fri
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building

This exhibition brings together photographs, documents and artefacts illustrating the unique story of South Africa’s journey into democracy — President Mandela’s “cherished ideal”.

It marks the twentieth year of the new country and the fiftieth year since Mandela and his co-accused were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Rivonia Trial.  For further details on the exhibition please visit: South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

This exhibition is presented by the University of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and Fort Hareand and supported by the South African High Commission.

Moeletsi Mbeki, South African author and businessman, and deputy chair of the South African Institute of International Affairs, will give an associated lecture on Tuesday 23 September.  For more information please see South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required.


South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

LSE public lecture

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Moeletsi Mbeki
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Moeletsi Mbeki, political analyst, author and entrepreneur, will examine how close his country has come, in the two decades since its first free elections, to the “cherished ideal” of democracy envisaged by President Mandela and those, like Mr Mbeki’s father, who were jailed for life alongside him.

Moeletsi Mbeki is the author of Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing. He recently edited Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa’s Challenges. Both books have been translated into Chinese. He is Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute for International Affairs.

This event is associated with the exhibition South Africa’s Democracy — Mandela’s “Cherished Ideal”

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSESA

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

Financing Africa’s future: infrastructure, investment and opportunity

International Growth Centre public lecture

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Donald Kaberuka
Discussant: Professor Sir Paul Collier
Chair: Dr Jonathan Leape

Low investment in infrastructure is a critical constraint on economic growth in Africa. Dr Kaberuka will assess the challenges and offer his views on the way forward.

Donald Kaberuka (@DonaldKaberuka) is the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Paul Collier is a director of the International Growth Centre (IGC), professor of economics and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and co-director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies also at Oxford University.

Jonathan Leape is Associate Professor of Economics at LSE and Executive Director of the International Growth Centre.

This public lecture is part of Growth Week 2014 which takes place at LSE from 23-25 September organised by the International Growth Centre. There will be two further public events, one of the evening of 24 September (Ten Facts about Energy and Growth), the other on the evening of 25 September (Growth, Policy and Institutions: lessons from the Indian experience).

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #GrowthWeek

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

Formality Bias: the habits holding Africa back

LSE public lecture

Date: Friday 26 September 2014
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dayo Olopade

Dayo Olopade, Nigerian-American journalist and author, will expose the global pretensions that have stymied African development, and explore the ingenious workarounds that are driving regional progress. Olopade will share case studies in innovation, drawn from her reporting across 17 African countries—moving beyond the dire headlines and toward a realistic, constructive assessment of modern Africa.

Dayo Olopade (@madayo) is the author of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making change in Modern Africa.

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Human Rights Diplomacy: inside the United Nations

Centre for the Study of Human Rights public lecture

Date: Thursday 2 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Ibrahim Salama
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon

What is human rights diplomacy? How does the link among codification, advocacy and implementation of human rights norms really play out?

Ibrahim Salama (@UNrightswire) is director of the Human Rights Treaties Division in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Margot Salomon is Acting Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

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Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: lessons from Ethiopia

Department of International Development public discussion

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Qaiser Khan
Discussants: Marta Foresti, Peter Hawkins, Dr Andy Norton
Chair: Professor Jean-Paul Faguet

Dr Qaiser Khan will be joined by a panel to discuss Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: Lessons from Ethiopia, which examines Ethiopia’s model in delivering basic services and why it appears to be succeeding.

Qaiser Khan is a lead economist and program leader at the World Bank and the co-author of Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: Lessons from Ethiopia.

Marta Foresti is Director of Politics and Governance Programme at the ODI.

Peter Hawkins is Head of Profession for Programme Management at DFID.

Andy Norton is Director for Research at the ODI.

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Women in Public Life: above the parapet

Institute of Public Affairs public lecture

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda will reflect on her journey to the highest level of public life. This event launches a new Institute of Public Affairs project exploring the roads taken by women who shape public life.

Joyce Banda was the first female President of Malawi (2012 – 2014) and only the second woman to lead a country in Africa.

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Art & Activism: reflections on the anti-apartheid struggle & two decades of South African democracy

2014 Steve Biko Memorial Lecture

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela has long spoken out about South Africa’s struggle for civil rights. His talk will be about arts & activism, reflecting on the role that he and other artists, particularly those in exile, played in the anti-apartheid movement.

Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. With a career that spans over 5 decades, Masekela remains a driving cultural force at home and abroad, as well as an advocate for justice and equality globally.

The Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, Europe, a partnership between LSE and the Steve Biko Foundation, is a platform for African thought leaders, policy makers and activists and  to reflect on  the past, present and future of Africa.

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Ebola, Peace and Security

Date: Monday 10 November 2014
Time: 7.30-8.30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Liberia

Suggested Twitter hashtag: #LSEEbola   

Ebola may not be a weapon but this disease threatens peace and security. To date, the total number of reported cases of Ebola exceeds 10,000, with over half of the reported cases occurring in Liberia.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Karin Landgren has run the UN peacekeeping operation in Liberia since mid-2012, with over 8,000 personnel including troops, police and civilians.

Addressing the UN Security Council on 9th September 2014, Landgren said that Liberia faced its gravest crisis since the civil war, which ended in 2003. She pointed to a lack of confidence in the Government’s capacity to address the crisis, unstable political dynamics and deep economic uncertainty, noting that, “The enormous task of addressing Ebola has revealed persistent and profound institutional weaknesses, including in the security sector.”

Can Ebola undo a decade of investment in Liberia’s stability? In this public event Karin Landgren will discuss the threats posed by the Ebola crisis including to peace and security.

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From Transformational Leadership to Mafia State? Observations from South Africa’s Two Decades of Democracy


LSE IDEAS public lecture

Date: Tuesday 25 November 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Mzukisi Qobo
Chair:  Professor Chris Alden

Widely considered to be Africa’s oldest liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC) played a historic role in ending apartheid in South Africa and has been the country’s ruling political party since 1994. More recently, however, the ANC’s legacy has been tarnished by allegations of corruption and inefficiency. Dr Mzukisi Qobo will discuss his view that political governance in South Africa has collapsed, and explore the possibilities of the country’s political future.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo teaches international political economy at the University of Pretoria, and is deputy director at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. He is co-author of The Fall of the ANC: What Next?.

Chris Alden is a Professor in International Relations at the LSE and Head of the Africa International Affairs programme at LSE IDEAS.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy.


The Languages of Migration

LSE and Migration Museum Project public lecture

Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Michael Rosen

Language is central to our understanding of migration: on the one hand, migrants bring languages with them and, on the other, the countries they arrive in develop a special language to describe migrants. Michael Rosen will explore the ways in which these two aspects meet, partly by looking at his own background, partly by looking at his experience in education over the last 40 years.

Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) was born in 1946 in north-west London. His mother was born in London, his father in Brockton, Mass. USA. All their grandparents were migrants – mostly from Poland but also from what is now Romania. He is a former Children’s Laureate and the present Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Migration Museum Project plans to create the UK’s first dedicated Migration Museum, to tell the story of movement into and out of the UK in a fresh and engaging way. The museum will be an enquiry into who we are, where we came from and where we are going. Britons at home and abroad have a shared cultural history and an exciting future. We aim to represent the thrilling tales, the emotion and the history that have gone into shaping our national fabric; we aim to be the museum of all our stories.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEMMP

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.

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Democracy and the Nigerian Factor:  The Trouble with the Nigerian People

Africa Talks Public Event

Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Thai Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Pius Adesanmi

Nigeria’s next presidential election, scheduled for February 14, 2015, will be more significant than all the preceding presidential elections since the return to “democracy” in 1999. Internal and external challenges are pointing to 2015 as the year of Nigeria’s apocalypse. Can the internal contradictions of Nigerian political culture, based on mutual contempt between officials and society, be engaged as an indigenous impetus for democracy? This lecture will examine the various manifestations of the paradox of Nigerian political life and analyze its implications for 2015.

Pius Adesanmi is a professor of literature and African studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of “You’re Not a Country, Africa” which won the 2010 Penguine Prize for African Writing, and is a prodigious commentator on public affairs in Nigeria and beyond.


Summer Term 2013

Networks and Threats to Security in West Africa: the case of Mali

Date: 8 May 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre
Speaker: Dr Kwesi Aning (Kofi Annan Training and Peacekeeping Centre



Lent Term 2013


African Security and External Interference: exploring the role of a newcomer, China

Date: 29 January 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre
Speaker: Dr Bonnie Ayodele (Univ. of Ado Ekiti), Professor Zhongying Pang (Renmin Univ.)


Globalisation and the Politics of Homophobia in Sub-Saharan Africa

Date: 6 March 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Speaker: Dr. Kapya Kaoma (Univ. of Boston), an Anglican priest who wrote a controversial report on homophobia in Africa, Globalizing the Culture Wars


Healthy African Cities

Date: 7 March 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Dr Ama de Graft Aikins (Univ. of Ghana), Dr Gora Mboup (UN-HABITAT), Prof. Vanessa Watson (Univ. of Cape Town) talking on the health challenges of contemporary African cities


 The Politics of FGM: the influence of external and locally-led initiatives in the Gambia

Date: 18 March 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre
Speaker: Dr. Isatou Touray of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), an anti-FGM activist who has crossed swords with the Gambian state over the issue


Public sector financial management in Somalia: a history of state collapse and prospects for the future

Date: 21 March 2013
Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Venue: Tower 1, G.01
Speaker: Abdirizak Fartaag, former official of the Minister of Finance in Somalia



Michaelmas Term 2012


South Sudan:  The Path Back from War

Date: 2 October 2012
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre
Speaker: Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, Economic Advisor to the President of South Sudan

Whose Land Is It? The Politics of Land in Contemporary Africa

Date: 12 November 2012
Time: 6.00-7.30pmVenue: Tower 1 U8
Speaker: Professors Catherine Boone (UTexas) and Sam Moyo ((African Institute of Agrarian Studies, Harare) on land politics in Africa.


Conspiracies, distrust and suspicion of health programmes in Africa

Date: 13 November 2012
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Apanel of speakers examining perceptions of health conspiracies in various parts of Africa  including Tim Allen (LSE); Heidi Larson (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine); Nicoli Nattrass (Univ. of Cape Town); Melissa Parker (Brunel University)

Call Me Kuchu: Homophobia in Uganda — Film Screening and Discussion

Date: 28 November 2012
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: New Theatre
Speaker: The speakers included Dr. Rahul Rao (SOAS) and the playwright Beau Hopkins, author of a controversial play on homosexuality presented in Uganda in 2012


Replacing the Nation:  South Africa’s passive revolution

Date: 4 December 2012
Time: 6.30pm-8pmVenue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Speaker: Prof. Gillian Hart on the changing public sphere in South Africa


 Summer Term 2011


At First Blush: some consequences of how biomedical knowledge of AIDS arrives

Date: 18 May 2011
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Speaker: South African author and researcher Johny Steinberg (Univ. of Cape Town) draws from his recent book on the subject to explore how experiences of HIV/AIDS among various groups in South Africa have shaped popular responses to the pandemic, inflecting the trajectories of the disease and its treatment.


Sexuality Rights and Challenges in Africa

Date: 20 May 2011
Time: 10.45am
Venue: Wolfson Theatre
Speaker: Frank Mugisha (Chairman of Sexual Minorities, Uganda), and Joel Gustave Nana (Exec. Director, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights), and Rahul Rao (SOAS)


Africa’s Diasporas: a continental longing for form?

Date: 24 May 2011
Time: 6.30pmVenue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Speaker: Professor Ato Quayson (Univ. of Toronto) will explore issues of urban change, migration and transnationalism affecting contemporary Africa.


Michaelmas Term 2010


The Niger Delta: Confronting the Crisis

Date: 11 March 2010
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: NAB204
Speaker: Dimieari Von Kemedi (Chairman of the Bayelsa State Expenditure and Transparency Initiative), Dauda Garuba (Nigeria Programme Coordinator for Revenue Watch), Dr Charles Alao (Dept of War Studies, King’s College), Ed Kashi (internationally acclaimed photographer, film maker and author) and Michael Peel (Financial Times journalist).


African Whistle-blowers: fighting corruption from the inside

Date: 26 October 2010
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre
Speaker: Kenyan ‘anti-corruption Tsar’, John Githongo gave an inspiring and at times moving account of his experience with corruption and local struggles against it.

Africa and the World: A View from Washington

Date: 30 November 2010
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre
Speaker:Ambassador Harold Wolpe, former special envoy to the Great Lakes region under President Obama, commented on the Obama Administration’s Africa policy and its perceptions of the continent’s place in the international community today.


The Politics of Patronage: The Curse of African Democracy

Date: 8 December 2010
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed
Speaker:  Leonard Wantchekon (New York Univ.) and Nicholas van de Walle (Cornell), chaired by Elliott Green (ID), considered the causes, effects and possible solutions to the problems of patronage and clientelism in the context of contemporary processes of democratization.


Lent Term 2011

Trapped by the Past? Institutional Legacies and African Development

Date: 25 January 2011
Time: 6.30
Venue: Sheikh Zayed
Speaker: A panel consisting of Joseph Inikori (Univ. of Rochester), James Robinson (Harvard) and Gareth Austin (Grad. Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), chaired by Janet Hunter (Econ. History), discussed the extent to which poverty in contemporary Africa is a product of legacies of slavery, colonialism, and non-developmental indigenous institutions. This represents an active debate in contemporary development studies, economic history and economics, and discussions were dynamic.


Media and African Democracy

Date: 21 March 2011
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre
Speaker: Former Executive Secretary to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Adebayo Adedeji, spoke on his experience in promoting development and democratic participation in Africa. The talk was chaired by Charlie Beckett (POLIS), and Linje Manyozo (Media Studies) acted as discussant.