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Tue 3 Mar

The ka-girl with a baby knife: understanding youth-urban languages in Kampala-Uganda

Dr Saudah Namyalo, Centre of African Studies

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Thu 5 Mar

Bush, Bench and Bedside: Nutrition Research in Rural Gambia

Professor Andrew Prentice: Head of the MRC International Nutrition Research Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and MRC Keneba, MRC Unit, The Gambia

The Medical Research Council has funded an extraordinary research centre deep in the Gambian bush for almost 70 years (see www.ing.mrc.ac.uk). This is now a vibrant fieldstation that attempts to bring cutting edge science to some of the long-unanswered challenges in maternal and child health in low-income settings.

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Fri 6 Mar

International Development - Where is the Evidence?

Policy Debate organised by the Cambridge University Science & Policy Exchange

5.30pm-7pm at Winstanely Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge

Speakers for this policy debate include:

  • Professor Chris Whitty - Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development UK
  • Mr Ewen MacLeod - Head of UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Services (PDES)
  • Dr Shailaja Fennell - University Lecturer in Development Studies
  • Mr Alex MacGillivray - Director of Development Impact at UK’s Development Finance Institution (CDC)

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Mon 9 Mar

Fertility, Gender and the Family in Twentieth-Century East Africa

Dr Shane Doyle, University of Leeds

This Talk is part of the Centre of African Studies Lent term Seminar Series: Gender in Africa Human fertility has changed enormously in many East Africa societies over the past century, rising rapidly towards the end of the colonial period, and then, decades later, declining just as sharply, before stabilising...

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Mon 9 Mar

Visiting African Fellows' Research Showcase (in association with Hughes Hall)

Speaker to be confirmed

5×15 minute presentations: - Mobile Money Technology Adoption through Social Learning in Social Networks and its Effect on Financial Literacy and Financial Inclusion in Uganda - Developing a new science education curriculum to promote sustainability, ecology and the environment - Viability of Social Enterprises in Uganda: Adaptable Benchmarks from the...

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Mon 9 Mar

Cuckoos, swifts and nightingales - tracking our migratory birds to Africa and back

Talk (6-7pm)

Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, CB2 1AG

Presented by the British Trust for Ornithology
Join Chris Hewson from the British Trust for Ornithology as he reviews the advances in technology that have allowed us to track the migrations of some our summer migrants for the first time, the insights we have gained into how they spend their time when they are not with us and the clues this has given us into why their populations might be declining.

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Mon 23 Mar

African Spiritual States: Religion and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

School of History, Queen Mary University of London. 13:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

How have Christianity and Islam shaped public politics in Africa's past and how do they do so in the present? To answer these questions, this workshop brings together a range of scholars whose research ranges widely across sub-Saharan Africa.
The first panel of this workshop focuses on Islam. We begin with Felicitas Becker, who asks how Muslim preachers have understood post-colonial politics in rural Tanzania. Their understandings of the history of the state differ sharply from their Christian counterparts, who they accuse of having stolen the fruits of independence for themselves. Alexander Meleagreou-Hitchens then takes up the theme of Islamic radicalism by examining the militant movement, Al-Shabaab. He argues that it has successfully transplanted itself into East Africa using a number of means. In particular, financial incentives and ideology are identified as important incentives in contemporary recruitment process. We then move from East to West Africa as Insa Nolte considers how Muslims and Christians have clashed over recent educational reforms. Muslim-Christian relations are linked to the Nigerian state in a number of ways and through different historical and political processes.

The second panel of the workshop considers Christianity in African public life. First, David Maxwell will consider how vernacular scriptures have shaped the construction of ethnic communities and politics in Katanga in the southeastern Belgian Congo. Reuben Loffman continues the discussion of religion in the colonial Congo by asking how Catholic missionaries encountered decolonization in the former Belgian Congo. Ben Jones finishes by examining how Pentecostalism and charismatic Catholicism have influenced relations between elites and the state in eastern Uganda.

Programme

13:00 Introductory Remarks: Saul Dubow (QMUL)

13:10-14:40 Panel 1: Islam in Africa

• Felicitas Becker (Cambridge) 'Conflict and Convergence in Muslims' and Christians' Narratives of Tanzanian Statehood'

• Alexander Meleagreou-Hitchens (KCL) 'Jihadist Radicalisation and Recruitment in Kenya'

• Insa Nolte (Birmingham) 'Who Owns the Schools?' Educational Reform and Muslim-Christian Competition in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria'

14:40-15:40 Tea

15:40-17:10 Panel 2: Christianity in Africa

• David Maxwell (Cambridge) 'Vernacular Scriptures, Ethnic Communities and Politics: The Case of the Luba Katanga'

• Reuben Loffman (QMUL) 'Catechists, Councilors and Chiefs: The White Fathers and Decolonisation in Kongolo, Katanga, 1960-1961'

• Ben Jones (UEA) 'Give Unto Caesar: Religious Identities, Local Elites and the State in Eastern Uganda'

17:15 Drinks reception

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Thu 26 Mar

Give a Man a Fish: From Patriarchal Productionism to the Politics of Distribution in Southern Africa (and Beyond)

Professor James Ferguson, Stanford University

In recent years, new and expanded programs of cash transfers have transformed the landscapes of poverty, social assistance, and citizenship (both within southern Africa and across the global South), yet scholars have often failed to grant these developments the attention they warrant.

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Thu 16 Apr

Print Media in the Colonial World

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Across the colonial world, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a flourishing of newspapers and periodicals – some fleeting newssheets, others enduring forums of discussion, some published by the colonial state, others by enterprising editors and entrepreneurs.

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Thu 30 Apr

‘Scifest Africa’ - South Africa’s National Science Festival

Stephen Ashworth: Head of Natural Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK, and Member of the Advisory Committee of Scifest Africa

*Scifest Africa* was established in 1996 to promote the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. The project consists of two components, namely the National Science Festival held in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape in March every year, as well as regional and national outreach programmes implemented...

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Wed 13 May

Language situation and endangerment in Uganda: Facts and perspectives

Dr Saudah Namyalo (CAPREx Fellow, Makerere University)

5-6pm, venue TBC. 

Part of the Cambridge Endangered Language and Cultures group

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Fri 15 May

African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability

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This conference is the 16th Annual Reserach Seminar by the Cambridge Heritage Research Group. Heritage in Africa is increasingly employed as a vehicle for development. The desire to make heritage pay is palpable. Can one really put the onus on Africa’s past to not only be self-sustaining but also to...

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