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

A Right to Migrate?

Forum for European Philosophy public discussion

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Emily Dugan, Professor Matthew Gibney, Professor David Owen, Madeleine Sumption
Chair:  Dr Peter Dennis

Most people would agree that we have a right to leave our country of origin. But since leaving one country usually means arriving in another, do we also have a right to immigrate? If so, how can this be reconciled with a state’s apparent right to exclude? We bring together a panel of philosophers and migration experts to discuss these and related questions.

Emily Dugan (@emilydugan) is Social Affairs Editor at the Independent, i and the Independent on Sunday. Emily first book, Finding Home: The Real Stories of Migrant Britain was published in July 2015 with Icon Books.

Matthew Gibney is Professor of Politics and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford.

David Owen is Professor of Philosophy at Kings College, London.

Madeleine Sumption (@M_Sumption) is Director of the Migration Observatory.

Peter Dennis is LSE Fellow in the Department of Philosophy

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEFEP

More details about this event


Ordinary Streets’ film launch

Film screening and discussion hosted by LSE Cities

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Myfanwy Taylor

‘Ordinary Streets’ is a short film based on an ethnographic and visual exploration of the spaces, economies and cultures of ‘street’. Through the lens of Rye Lane in Peckham in south London, the film engages with issues of migration, urban multiculture and regeneration.

Myfanwy Taylor from Just space will provide a commentary on the film.

‘Ordinary Streets’ is a film by Sophie Yetton, based on research led by Suzi Hall at LSE Cities.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #OrdinaryStreets


Book Launch and Reception: Making Sense of the Central African Republic

A Justice and Security Research Programme Event

Date: Wednesday 7 October 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Senior Common Room, 5th floor, LSE Old Building
Speaker: Tatiana Carayannis

The LSE Justice and Security Research Programme is delighted to host Tatiana Carayannis, Deputy Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council, on 7 October to launch her new book Making Sense of the Central African Republic.

The book provides a welcome resource on the political and economic history of a country at the heart of a troubled region and includes chapters from a range of country experts. Along with co-editor Louise Lombard, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale, Carayannis has produced an authoritative volume on a country that until now has been greatly under-researched.

In order to assist with numbers for catering please RSVP to no later than 30 September.



Women, Peace and Security: tackling the cycle of violence against women

Centre for Women, Peace and Security Inaugural Public Lecture

Date: Thursday 8 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker:  Professor Christine Chinkin
Chair:  Dr Marsha Henry

In 2000, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 acknowledged both the impact of armed conflict on women, and the importance of their participation in policy and decision-making. It recognised that sexual violence constitutes a threat to international peace and security both through its incidence in conflict and, without steps to address it, through its continuing divisiveness on societies.

15 years since the adoption of UNSCR 1325 and sexual and gender-based violence continues to affect millions around the world, primarily but not exclusively women and girls. Such violence destroys lives, families and communities, and threatens international peace and security. Combating the cycle of violence against women requires a real and concerted effort to work towards equality for women across all sections of society.

LSE is contributing to this effort with the creation of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, founded with the support of the UK Government’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative and led by Professor Christine Chinkin. In this lecture, Professor Chinkin will explore UNSCR 1325, PSVI, and the international legal framework for addressing violence against women and promoting women’s human rights for women, themes central to the context and ambition for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Christine Chinkin is Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Marsha Henry (@mghacademic) is Associate Professor in Gender, Development and Globalisation and Deputy Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security is a leading academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEWPS

More details about this event



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

More Details



Migration and security challenges in the Mediterranean: every country for itself or a European response?

LSE European Institute “Perspectives on Europe” public lecture

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2015
Time: 3.30-4.30pm
Venue: LSE campus, venue tbc to ticketholders
Speaker:  Angelino Alfano
Professor Maurice Fraser

From London the Mediterranean looks a long way away, but this distance is deceptive. In 2015, 250,000 refugees and migrants have already arrived in Italy and Greece through the Med, Europe’s southern border. The effects of this influx of people are being felt throughout the Continent, from Sicily to Calais.

The Mediterranean has also gained geopolitical prominence not just as a key migration route from Africa and the Middle East into Europe, but as a region that has undergone enormous political upheaval and still faces ongoing political instability. From the unravelling of the Libyan state to the rise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, the Mediterranean has become a key security concern for Europe.

The spread of terrorism and radical ideology on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean, in addition to the pressures of migration, has made European countries increasingly aware of the importance and urgency of ambitious efforts to “fix” the Mediterranean region, to ensure good governance, peace and security.

Angelino Alfano, Italy’s Interior Minister, will evaluate the efforts already underway to manage migration flows and terrorist threats, considering whether a more collective approach is needed to ensure security and prosperity.

Angelino Alfano (@angealfa) has served in the government of Italy as Minister of the Interior since April 2013.

Maurice Fraser is  Head of the European Institute and Professor of Practice in European Politics.

This event is free but ticketed. Follow this link to find out how to get a ticket.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEItaly



Reflections on the Politics of Gender and Sexuality in an Age of Extremism

Department of Social Psychology public lecture

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker:  Professor Amina Mama
Chair: Dr Caroline Howarth

Professor Mama will explore the sexual politics of militarism and contemporary extremist movements, with reference to West African contexts.

Amina Mama currently works for the University of California, Davis, as Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Planning Director of the new Feminist Research Institute; and Co-Director of the Social Justice Initiative.

Dr Caroline Howarth’s research focusses on the social psychology of intercultural relations, exclusion and belonging. She has examined the ways in which social institutions (such as schools) help or hinder the development of constructive approaches to diversity. She has written extensively on these issues and is co-editor for Political Psychology.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEMama

More details about this event




The Modern Mercenary: private armies and what they mean for world order

Department of International Relations public lecture

Date: Monday 19 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Sean McFate
Chair: Professor Christopher Coker

It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate’s employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don’t know much about the industry’s structure, its operations, or where it’s heading. Even the U.S. government – the entity that actually pays them – knows relatively little.

In The Modern Mercenary, Sean McFate combines a broad-ranging theory of the phenomenon with an insider’s understanding of what the opaque world of the private military industry is actually like, explaining its economic structure and showing in detail how firms operate on the ground. McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war.

Sean McFate (@seanmcfate) is Associate Professor at the National Defense University, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Sean is an alumnus of LSE.

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEMcFate

More details about this event



Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals: a new partnership between state and private sector

LSE European Institute “Perspectives on Europe” public lecture

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker:  Sir Suma Chakrabarti
Chair: Dr Waltraud Schelkle

President Chakrabarti’s lecture will focus on the importance of the partnership between the state and the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SGGs). The state alone will not be able to deliver on the ambitious vision for global sustainable growth and inclusive development that is at the core of the SDGs. The private sector can and should become a key partner in this process. This approach has been endorsed by the international community over the summer, when world leaders met in Addis Ababa to discuss how to mobilise and channel resources for sustainable development. The President’s speech will reflect on types of private sector engagement building on the experience of the EBRD in fostering strategic partnerships between the state and the private sector.

Sir Suma Chakrabarti (@ebrdsuma) is the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD is a multilateral developmental bank founded in 1991, with the purpose of developing open and sustainable market economies in countries committed to democratic principles. Today, the Bank is active in more than 30 countries from central Europe to central Asia and the southern and eastern Mediterranean.

Prior to his current role Sir Suma held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development (formerly the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa.

After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex.

Dr Waltraud Schelkle is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute, LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSESDG

More details about this event



Nigeria’s 2015 Election – Giving Democracy a Chance

LSE Africa Talks

Date: Tuesday 10 November
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Attahiru Jega
Chair: Dr Kate Meagher

Nigeria’s 2015 general ‎elections were the most contentious and most successful in the nation’s history. New voting technology, careful planning and a popular desire for change were pitted against money politics, incumbent chicanery, and an ongoing insurgency in the north of the country. Poised between new beginnings and political chaos, the elections were a litmus test for Nigeria’s democracy.

In this lecture, the man at the helm of the electoral process tells the inside story of Nigeria’s first successful transfer of power, and draws lessons for democratic transitions in other African countries.

Professor Attahiru Jega is the erstwhile Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having been replaced by Amina Bala Zakari in July. He received his PhD from Northwestern University, Illinois, and has held fellowships at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, the University of Stockholm, and Bayero University, where he has resumed a position as lecturer.

Professor Jega was also nominated winner of the 2015 Charles T. Manatt Democracy award by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in July. He will collect the award in September.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEJega

“Enough!”: Will youth protests drive political change in Africa?

LSE Africa Talks Event

Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Alcinda Honwana
Chair: Dr Joseph Hanlon

Disaffected African young people risk their lives to try to reach Europe. Others join radical groups such as Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and Islamic State. Angry young unemployed South Africans were behind xenophobic attacks there. Youths protesting their socio-economic and political marginalization have changed governments in Tunisia and Senegal.

One-third of Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24. They are better educated than their parents and have higher expectations. But they are less likely to have jobs or political influence. Young Africans are organizing in many ways, and are making their voices heard. How will they force governments to listen?

Professor Alcinda Honwana is author of The Time of Youth: Work, Politics, and Social Change in Africa (Kumarian Press, 2012) and Youth and Revolution in Tunisia (Zed Books, 2013). She is Visiting Professor in International Development at the Open University and was Director of the Africa Program of the Social Science Research Council, New York.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEYouth


The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa

A JSRP Event

Date: Wednesday 25th November
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Tower 1, Room G.01,
Speaker(s): Professor Alex De Waal
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor


Alex de Waal will launch his new book ‘The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power‘ with a discussion of the political marketplace. Drawing on his 30 years of experience in the war-torn region of north-east Africa, Prof de Waal will explore how political leaders are operating a business model to secure funds and the effects of this on the institutions of state.  Prof de Waal is a Research Director with the JSRP and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation.


The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: legacies and legitimacy

Centre for Women, Peace and Security public discussion

Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: TWR2.9.04, Tower 2
Speakers: Louise Chappell, Brigid Inder
Chair: Devika Hovell

Does the ICC’s poor record in prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes risk its ongoing legitimacy? Professor Louise Chappell and Brigid Inder will discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting the ICC.

Louise Chappell is Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. Her research and teaching are focused on women’s rights, gender justice and institutional change. She has published widely in these areas and her work has been recognized internationally, including through the award of the best Women and Politics book prize by the American Political Science Association.

Brigid Inder OBE is the Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice and Special Advisor on Gender to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She has 25 years of experience working in the international justice, peace and gender-equality fields as a strategic leader, advocate and practitioner. In 2014, she was awarded an OBE for services to women’s rights and international justice and is the recipient of the inaugural Bertha von Suttner Peace Prize, 2014.

Devika Hovell is Associate Professor in the Department of Law at the LSE.


Tackling Extreme Poverty through Programmes Targeting the World’s Ultra-Poor

International Growth Centre (IGC) and BRAC public discussion

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Sir Fazle Abed, Professor Oriana Bandiera, Professor Robin Burgess, Dr Mushtaque Chowhudry, Professor Esther Duflo
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Can extreme poverty be eliminated through programmes targeting the world’s ultra-poor? The panel will discuss the merits of so called graduation approaches.

Sir Fazle Abed is the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC.

Oriana Bandiera is a Professor of Economics at the LSE and the Director of STICERD.

Robin Burgess is a Professor of Economics at LSE and Director of the IGC.

Mushtaque Chowdhury is the vice-chairperson and interim executive director of BRAC.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT.

Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) is President and Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The International Growth Centre (@The_IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. Based at LSE and in partnership with Oxford University, the IGC is initiated and funded by DFID.

BRAC (@BRACworld) is a global leader in creating opportunity for the world’s poor.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEultrapoor

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




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.


This event is free and open to all. Register in advance of the event at

Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email or call 020 7955 7624.






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.

Follow this link to find out more

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.

Follow this link to find out more about this event


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.

Follow the link to find out more about this event


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.

Follow this link to find out more about this event


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.

Follow this link to find out more about this event

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.

Find out more about this event


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.

Find out more about this event


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.