Thu 26 Jul

Africa and the Epidemiological Imagination

By UCL Institute of Advanced Studies

The IAS is delighted to host this Multidisciplinary Workshop Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

Over the past two decades, chronic health conditions, such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancer, liver and renal diseases, as well as mental health disorders, have become increasingly visible on the African continent. Whether it is a local newspaper in Kampala or Accra or a critical report from the World Health Organization, the explanation for this increase in chronic diseases is often attributed to wealth and “lifestyle choices,” and an epidemiological transition. First put forward by Abdul Omran in 1971, this theory was an attempt to spell out the consequences of the extraordinary advances in health status made in industrialized countries since the eighteenth century. Omran posited that all societies would move through three stages, from a regime dominated by pestilence and famine, characterized by high and fluctuating mortality and low life expectancy, through an age of receding pandemics to one dominated by degenerative and man-made disease. The idea that Africa is the last continent to undergo the “transition” to a “modern” epidemiological regime still underlies much of the health policy literature and the messages being conveyed to African patients, despite the many the existence of many critiques of Omran's theory.

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Tue 11 Sep

African Studies Association of UK (ASAUK) Biennial Conference 2018

Celebrating the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the study of Africa

Time: 9:00am to 7:00pm

Dates: 11-13th September 2018

Venue: University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (on the Edgabston campus)

The University of Birmingham’s campus provides the perfect backdrop for the next African Studies Association UK (ASAUK) conference. The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (formerly known as the Centre of West African Studies) was founded in 1963 by J. D. Fage, pioneer in African Studies, and has over 50 years of experience and expertise in research and teaching about the continent. It also houses the Danford collection, a priceless and unique collection of African artefacts and cultural products.

The conference hub will be the Great Hall in the Aston Webb building. With an elegant entrance space, marvellous domed ceiling and an opulent marble foyer and rotunda, this breathtaking venue will be the awe-inspiring backdrop for the conference registration and formal dinner.

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Wed 14 Nov

Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables

14th to 15th November 2018, RSA House, London

Now in its fifth year, AIX Power & Renewables is held under the Chatham House Rule and structured around panel-led sessions with an audience limited to 180 participants to preserve the networking environment.

The meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule and features two main conference streams, additional break-out sessions and an evening reception alongside:

• The third annual Off-grid Investment Exchange.

• AIX: Gas 2018 Update.

• AfricaHardball – a roundtable focused on political risks and governance issues that impact on projects and investment decisions.

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