Cambridge-Africa

Events

Wed 24 Sep

The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

09.00-17.00, OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, LONDON

This event will present recent research and analysis from the Future Agricultures Consortium on how agricultural policy in Sub-Saharan Africa is shaped and put into practice.

In this event we will present key findings and policy insights emerging from a range of Future Agricultures’ recent research activities on key themes of relevance to CAADP and the NA agendas

Wednesday 24 September 2014 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Fri 26 Sep

'Towards a Temptation Hypothesis' - Religion and Masculinities in Africa

Keynote Lecture, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Prof Brad Weiss
Date: 26 September 2014Time: 5:00 PM
Finishes: 26 September 2014Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Room: TBC
Type of Event: Special Lecture
Prof Brad Weiss (College of William & Mary) will deliver the keynote lecture for the 'Religion and Masculinities in Africa' conference.

This talk offers a heuristic assessment of certain patterns of transformation in the way that persons and subjects (and thereby “masculinity,” as one critical dimension of personhood) are rendered public in the world today. I suggest that innovations in everyday life are characterized by distinct modes of temporality (as indicated, for example, by Jane Guyer’s [2007]recent discussions of this question) that thereby entail changing perceptions, and understandings of effective action – including ritual action. I use the examples of “temptation” and “desire” as motivations for, and features of effective (religious) action which increasingly frame the way that men, in particular, come to define themselves in the world.

This event is open to the public. To register, please email cas@soas.ac.uk

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Sat 27 Sep

Alumni Festival 2014: Africa's Digital Communications Revolution

Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Dr Sharath Srinivasan will speak on the Africa's Digital Communications Revolution at this year's Cambridge Alumni Festival.

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Mon 29 Sep

Winton Symposium on Global Challenges for Science and Technology

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The third annual Winton Symposium will be held on 29th September 2014 at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. The topic for this year is “Global Challenges for Science and Technology” and will again bring together leading scientists from around the world to explore how we tackle the increasing demands of...

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Mon 29 Sep

Empowering the rural African consumer

Dr Simon Bransfield-Garth

Time: 11.30am - 12.15pm
Venue: Cavendish Laboratory

How can new technology make a difference on a global scale? Dr Simon Bransfield-Garth is CEO of Azuri Limited, a Cambridge company that provides affordable solar lighting in several parts of Africa and will talk about “Empowering the Rural African Consumer”.

This talk is part of the third annual Winton Symposium. The topic for this year is “Global Challenges for Science and Technology” and will again bring together leading scientists from around the world to explore how we tackle the increasing demands of a growing population with declining natural resources. Registration required. 

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More Info: http://www.winton.phy.cam.ac.uk/globalchallenges

Mon 29 Sep

New Frontiers in Materials for Global Development: From Health to Energy and the Environment

Professor Winston Soboyejo

Time: 12.15-1pm
Venue: Cavendish Laboratory

Professor Winston Soboyejo is at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University and is President of the African University of Science and Technology. His talk “New Frontiers in Materials for Global Development: From Health to Energy and the Environment”, will provide examples of applying mathematics to the development of novel materials including nanoparticles and bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems.

This talk is part of the third annual Winton Symposium. The topic for this year is “Global Challenges for Science and Technology” and will again bring together leading scientists from around the world to explore how we tackle the increasing demands of a growing population with declining natural resources. Registration required.

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More Info: http://www.winton.phy.cam.ac.uk/globalchallenges

Wed 15 Oct

6th Annual Private Equity in Africa Summit.

Time: 8:00am - 5:50pm
Venue: Intercontinental Park Lane, London

This leadership summit considers the role that the private equity industry – which has been amongst the most active in  responding to Africa’s commercial opportunity – can play in harnessing Africa’s growth for economic transformation. A host of industry leaders will examine the diverse opportunity set in Africa and the accelerating role of private equity development across the continent.

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Mon 20 Oct

Science and racism in the nineteenth century

Exhibition

Monday 20 October - Sunday 23 November (10:00am - 5:00pm each day)

Fitzwilliam Museum, Whipple Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Trumpington St, CB2 1RB, CB2 3RH and CB2 3DZ

A trail exploring the development of 19th-century racial theories. Incorporating a display at the Whipple Museum including anthropometric instruments and illustrations, and considering how both Europeans and people of African descent responded to stereotypes and racist ideologies in presentations of African culture. The trail will feature parts of the permanent displays at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Available from entrances of The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Please check museum websites for opening times.

Part of Black History Month 2014 and the Festival of Ideas. Drop in. 

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More Info: http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/science-and...

Sat 25 Oct

Ancient worlds at Girton

Exhibition

Saturday 25 October: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday 25 October: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Girton College, Lawrence Room, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0JG

Hermione's inscription, her beautiful portrait and the intricate pattern of her linen wrappings make her unique. She now rests, and is cherished, in the first residential higher education establishment for women in Britain. She is the star of an Egyptian collection including predynastic pottery, and significant collections of shabtis, scarabs, beads, and amulets.

The museum also houses a Mediterranean collection of Tanagra figurines – small, mould-cast terracotta statues of humans, animals and birds, and a collection of local Roman and Anglos-Saxon finds from the second to sixth centuries AD.

Part of the Festival of Ideas. Drop in.

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Sat 25 Oct

Ben Okri in conversation

Talk

Saturday 25 October: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Law, Faculty of, LG19, 10 West Road, CB3 9DZ

Booker prize-winning author Ben Okri will looking back at his writing career with Tim Cribb, an English Fellow at the University of Cambridge who was a visiting lecturer at the universities of Ife and Kwara State in Nigeria. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez.

Part of the Festival of Ideas. Booking required, via web link. 

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Sat 25 Oct

Challenges to sexual identities: global perspectives

Talk

Saturday 25 October: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Law, Faculty of, LG18, 10 West Road, CB3 9DZ

What has caused the rise in extremism against gay people in some parts of the world? What drives tolerance and diversity? Speakers in this discussion include gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who will discuss the global picture for gay rights, how useful international campaigns are and whether globalisation can contribute to greater tolerance. Anthony Obidike from Justice for Gay Africans will talk about the issues facing gay people in some parts of Africa and how extremism can be countered. Dr Katherine Browne, a researcher at the University of Brighton, will discuss her award-winning work on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans lives in Brighton & Hove. Professor Susan Golombok, Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, will talk about her research on new family forms.

Part of the Festival of Ideas, booking required via web link. 

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Sat 25 Oct

52 Days to Timbuktu: tapestry and mud cloth inspired by Mali and Morocco

Guided Tour & Talk

Saturday 25 October: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Alison Richard Building, Meet in the atrium, Sidgwick Site 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Tim Oelman is a tapestry and bogolan (mud cloth) artist who uses hand woven tapestry and mud cloth (bogolan) to explore sign and symbol, drawing on a diversity of sources, including pre-classical European roots and modern African cultures.
His guided tour will refer to the cultural identities seen in Moroccan Berber rug making and Malian bogolan. Tim studied art at the City Lit, London, and at London Metropolitan University (MA 2003).

Part of the Festival of Ideas, booking required via web link.

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Sun 26 Oct

Struggle to maintain Kabyle identity in Algeria.

Talk

Sunday 26 October: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Alliance Française, 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA

Since the independence from France in 1962, the Berber people in Algeria are fighting to preserve their identity, culture and language. During this talk, Bashir Saoudi, author of the book “The Guillotine Choice”, will discuss this true compelling, life-affirming story of a man’s endurance and will to live under the most brutal of circumstances as well as his experience.

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Part of the Festival of Ideas. Drop in.

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Mon 27 Oct

Literary prizes and Africa

Exhibition

Monday 27 October: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 28 October: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 29 October: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 30 October: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 31 October: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 1 November: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Centre of African Studies, Library 3rd floor, Alison Richard Building 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Everyone’s heard of the Booker and the Pulitzer, but how about the Caine Prize? African writers like Wole Soyinka have won major literary prizes including the Nobel, but prizes have also been established specifically for African writers. But what makes writing or a writer African? Come to the African Studies Library to explore this question, and discover the works of some prizewinning writers you may not already know.

Part of the Festival of Ideas. Drop in. 

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Tue 28 Oct

A Land of Conspiracy: Geopolitics and Imagination in Colonial North Africa

James Roslington (Cambridge)

A public talk by James Roslington. The talk will be followed by a wine reception.

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Wed 29 Oct

Your Song

Musical Performance

Wednesday 29 October: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

Your Song is a celebration of community singing featuring choirs from across the city expressing their unique identities through song. Each choir will be given their moment to shine before joining forces to perform Alexander L'Estrange's Zimbe, an upbeat African work scored for chorus, children's choir and jazz quartet. Organised by Cambridge Music Education Outreach.

Part of the Festival of Ideas, booking required via web link.

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Thu 30 Oct

Cambridge-Africa Day 2014

Focusing on Africa, in Cambridge

The first Cambridge-Africa Day will take place on 30th October 2014 at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, and will be opened by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge - Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. There will be a wide range of short but very interesting presentations about Cambridge's involvement in research capacity building in African institutions, and the many mutually-beneficial collaborative research and development projects that Cambridge and African researchers and students are involved in.

African researchers, Africans in the Diaspora, research and funding organisations, Cambridge students and academics, etc. - you wouldn't want to miss this fantastic inaugural Cambridge-Africa Day. It will be free to attend, but places will be limited (up to 150 attendees only). Hold the date in your diaries, and look out for the programme and registration page that will go live around end of September 2014.

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Sat 1 Nov

Writing and Identity in Contemporary Nigeria

Talk

Saturday 1 November: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Centre of African Studies Library, Alison Richard Building 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

A talk by Nigerian academic Dr Sule Emmanuel Egya, who writes poetry and fiction under the pen name E.E Sule, Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Africa for his first novel, Sterile Sky, published by Pearson Education in the African Writers Series in 2012.The talk will centre on how contemporary Nigerian writers infuse indigenous words, expressions and idioms in their works as markers of identity.

Part of the Festival of Ideas, booking required via web link.

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Sat 1 Nov

'Token of loss' by Dr Benson Mulemi

Talk

12:00-13:00, 1st November 2014

Centre of African Studies, Library 3rd floor, Alison Richard Building 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Dr Benson Mulemi, a medical anthropologist at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, will give a talk on stigma, spoilt identity and cancer rehabilitation in Kenya. Cancer therapy and rehabilitative technologies act as reminders of the loss of identity and pre-morbidity personhood. The talk will examine patients and survivors’ perspectives on their body and social function, and identity, drawing on hospital ethnography in Kenya.

Booking required (via web link)

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Wed 10 Dec

Succulents in South Africa

David Porter

South Africa is home to many of the 'other succulents' (i.e. non-cacti) which we grow.

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