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About the Africa Research Forum

The Africa Research Forum (ARF) is a student led series designed to permit early-career researchers and doctoral candidates to present work in progress on a bi-weekly basis. Papers are circulated a week in advance to members of the ARF mailing list to provide thorough discussion. Presentations usually last 20-40 minutes with ample time for conversations about the paper afterwards. We encourage anybody with an interest in Africa and African studies to attend as we do cover a range of topics and discussions, and our presenters actively welcome feedback.

Africa Research Forum, Wednesdays 1-2pm, room S2 Aison Richard Building

Michaelmas Term

26 October: Maha Rafi Atal (Cambridge)- Under the Elephant Trunk: Land, Labor and the Securitization of Welfare in post-colonial Kenya

9 November: Leila Sinclair-Bright (University of Edinburgh)- Bureaucracy from Below: Stabilising Land Rights After Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme

23 November: Zenobia Ismail (Cambridge)- Self-Reinforcing Processes in Dominant Party States:  The Case of the Zambian Judiciary

Lent Term

18 January: Christopher P. Davey (University of Bradford)- Rwandan
Post-genocide Memory as Aegis for Atrocity

1 February: Ini Dele-Adedeji (SOAS)- Re-imagining the Boko Haram sect as
a purveyor of public services in northern Nigeria

15 February: Rebecca Bradshaw (SOAS)- Land, Legacy and Loss: ‘Tools’ for
Understanding Perceptions of Archaeology in Rural Sudan, and the
Implications for Archaeological Practice'

1 March: Koreen Reece (University of Edinburgh)- Care, Conflict, and
Kinship in Botswana's Time of AIDS

8 March: Jonathan Beloff (SOAS)- The Evolution of Rwandan Foreign
Policy: from Genocide to Globalisation

Please contact the conveners directly with any questions/queries:
Jeremiah Garsha,, & Josh Pritchard,


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