Past Seminars

Seminars before 2012 can be found here.

19 December 2017
Booklaunch 'Magnifying Perspectives. Contributions to History, a Festschrift for Robert Ross'
Speaker: Wayne Dooling, SOAS, University of London

07 December 2017
LeidenASA Annual Meeting: Keynote by Elísio Macamo
Speaker: Elísio Macamo (Centre for African Studies, University of Basel)

12 October 2017
Seminar: High Apartheid as Nihilism: Charisma and Bureaucracy in the Leadership of H.F. Verwoerd
Speaker: Jonny Steinberg, University of Oxford

23 September 2017 to 29 September 2017
Voice4Thought Festival: Digital Radicalization

14 September 2017
Seminar: The Orphan Industrial Complex: charitable commodification and its consequences for child protection in Africa
Speaker: Kristen Cheney, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

07 September 2017
Seminar: Simon Witbooi: God praat Afrikaans
Speaker: Simon Witbooi aka Hemelbesem

31 August 2017
Seminar: Intimate borders: the experience of African-Australian marriage migration among African male marriage migrants
Speaker: Henrike Hoogenraad, PhD Candidate at Adelaide University

22 June 2017
Seminar: Memories of revolutionary engagement among Ethiopian-Israelis: Redefining identity and social position
Speaker: David Ratner, visiting fellow African Studies Centre Leiden

18 May 2017
Seminar: Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Post-colonial Africa: The De-colonial Option
Speaker: Ruth Murambadoro, Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, Pretoria

11 May 2017
Seminar: A Dogon prophet and the UNESCO cultural heritage of Mali
Speaker: Wouter van Beek, African Studies Centre Leiden

20 April 2017
Seminar: Hostages of Empire: The daily life of African prisoners of war interned in Vichy France
Speaker: Sarah Ann Frank, University of the Free State, South Africa

06 April 2017
Seminar: Monument of Nature? An Ethnography of the World Heritage of Mt. Kenya
Speaker: Marlous van den Akker, Institute of Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University

16 March 2017
Seminar: The Nigeria-Biafra war, popular culture and agitation for sovereignty of a Biafran nation
Speaker: 'Rantimi Jays Julius-Adeoye, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

02 February 2017
Seminar: Challenging Imperial Internationalism: The Anglo-American Powers, the UN and the question of Katanga 1960-1963
Speaker: Alanna O'Malley, Institute for History, Leiden University

18 January 2017
Seminar: Women's land rights: from global commitments to local results
Speaker: Catherine Gatundu, Action Aid International

15 December 2016
Seminar: Spectres of the state: State collapse and sovereign afterlives in Somalia
Speaker: Tobias Hagmann, Roskilde University Denmark

13 December 2016
Seminar: Chimurenga Epistemology: Engaging Colonial Trauma Through Music Scholarship
Speaker: Mhoze Chikowero, University of California Santa Barbara

24 November 2016
Seminar: Why hundreds of Dutch emigrants chose Rhodesia-Zimbabwe as their new home
Speaker: Marnix de Bruyne, journalist

07 November 2016
Country Meeting: Ethiopia

03 November 2016
Seminar: Constructing the territory and borders of Borno, Nigeria
Speaker: Vincent Hiribarren, King's College London

20 October 2016
Seminar: “They Will Destroy Our Wamarde”: Mbororo youth dance in transition in Cameroon
Speaker: Tea Virtanen, University of Helsinki

13 October 2016
Seminar: Post-apartheid Afrikaner politics in local and global perspective: The case of the Solidarity Movement
Speaker: Danelle van Zyl-Hermann, University of the Free State

21 September 2016 to 25 September 2016
Voice4Thought Festival 2016: ‘People in Motion’

08 September 2016
Seminar: From State Fragility to State Resilience? Lessons from Eastern and Southern Africa
Speaker: Dele Olowu, Em. Professor Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

30 June 2016
Seminar: Student protests in South Africa as new social action spaces
Speaker: Caroline Suransky, University for Humanistic Studies Utrecht

02 June 2016
Seminar: Muslim preaching of the Bible and Christian tafsir of the Qur’an in East Africa
Speaker: John Chesworth, University of Birmingham

26 May 2016
Seminar: The Oriental African: Assessing 200 years of Khōjā Asian Islamic heritage in East Africa
Speaker: Iqbal Akhtar, joint visiting fellow IIAS/ASCL

12 May 2016
Seminar: Politics and Prophecy: Imagining the World in French Equatorial Africa, 1940-1960
Speaker: Meike de Goede, Institute for History, Leiden University,
Speaker: Klaas van Walraven, Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden

21 April 2016
Seminar: The Limits of Power: Trade Union Pluralism and Politics in Burkina Faso
Speaker: Craig Phelan, Kingston University London

12 April 2016
Seminar: The Man-Leopard Murder Mysteries
Speaker: David Pratten, St Antony’s College, Oxford

31 March 2016
Seminar: The opposition in power. Is Condé breaking the mould in Guinea?
Speaker: Bram Posthumus, journalist

30 March 2016
Uganda Country Meeting

17 March 2016
Seminar: The death of a UN Secretary-General: Dag Hammarskjöld and the Congo
Speaker: Henning Melber, Director emeritus of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala

10 March 2016
Seminar: Frugal Innovation and its developmental relevance in Africa: Profitable business or capitalist exploitation?
Speaker: Iva Pesa, African Studies Centre Leiden & Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa,
Speaker: André Leliveld, African Studies Centre Leiden & Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa

25 February 2016
Seminar: Missionary Islam and Humanitarian Engagement: The Case of the Ahmadiyya Movement
Speaker: Katrin Langewiesche, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

28 January 2016
Seminar: Forged in War: the Establishment of Colonial Rule in Zambia, 1890-1920
Speaker: Jan-Bart Gewald, African Studies Centre and Leiden University


15 December 2015
Seminar: Nutrition in Sustainable Development – Africa on its way from undernutrition to obesity?
Speaker: Thom Achterbosch, LEI Wageningen UR,
Speaker: Patrick Kolsteren, Ghent University and Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine

14 December 2015
Seminar: Conflict and Elections in the Central African Republic
Speaker: Didier Kassaï, cartoonist,
Speaker: Pacôme Pabandji, journalist

10 December 2015
Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture by Howard French: How today's China-Africa encounter came about and what it means for the world
Speaker: Howard W. French, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

24 November 2015
13:00: Lunch seminar: Ethnicization and Regionalism: The Case of Ethiopia
Speaker: Alemayehu Gurmu, Addis Ababa University and Visiting Fellow ASC

10 November 2015
Seminar: The fabled manuscripts of Timbuktu
Speaker: Prof. Charles Stewart, Emeritus Professor University of Illinois

09 November 2015
Lunch seminar: International NGOs and African knowledge institutes: Exploring ways for successful collaboration
Speaker: Gerard Prinsen, Senior Lecturer Massey University, New Zealand and External Advisor for DCR KN,
Speaker: Kenze Ndamukenze, DCR Country Coordinator DR Congo,
Speaker: Aidan Goldsmith, DCR Country Coordinator South Sudan

05 November 2015
15:30: Seminar: Liberia, Ebola, and the pitfalls of single-minded state-building objectives
Speaker: Robtel Neajai Pailey, SOAS, University of London

08 October 2015
Seminar: Spectres of the state: State collapse and sovereign afterlives in Somalia
Speaker: Tobias Hagmann, Roskilde University, Denmark

29 September 2015
Seminar by Sheila Keetharuth: Human rights situation in Eritrea
Speaker: Sheila B.Keetharuth, Commission of Inquiry for Eritrea

24 September 2015
Seminar: Underground Politics in Turbulent Times: Social Dynamics of Gold Mining Projects in Burkina Faso
Speaker: Dr. Sabine Luning, Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

17 September 2015
Seminar: The Spiritual Highway: Religious World Making in Megacity Lagos
Speaker: Marloes Janson, SOAS London

03 July 2015
CTD Seminar: Les violences ordinaires dans l’Afrique contemporaine: le monde humanitaire
Speaker: Sylvie Ayimpam, Aix-Marseille Université / Institut des mondes Africains (IMAF),
Speaker: Jacky Bouju, Aix-Marseille Université / Institut des mondes Africains (IMAF)

11 June 2015
Seminar: Data as the new oil? The developmental potential of big data for African countries
Speaker: Laura Mann, African Studies Centre Leiden

08 June 2015
Seminar: Africa’s digital dividend - mapping the shift from tech transfer to indigenous innovation
Speaker: Gregg Pascal Zachary, Arizona State University

04 June 2015
Seminar: Can African countries successfully implement industrial policy?
Speaker: Lindsay Whitfield, Roskilde University, Denmark

28 May 2015
Seminar: Religious business and the violation of human rights in Africa today
Speaker: Dieudonné Zognong, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

21 May 2015
Seminar: Dangote Cement Plc: An African Success Story?
Speaker: Chibuike Uche, African Studies Centre,
Speaker: Akinyinka Akinyoade, African Studies Centre

13 May 2015
Lunch seminar: Capital, Citizens and Ruling Elites: Asia and the West in the Red Sea Littoral
Speaker: Samson A. Bezabeh, Visiting Fellow, ASC and IIAS

23 April 2015
Seminar: Knowledge = Power. Politics and formal education in the precolonial Kongo kingdom
Speaker: Inge Brinkman, History Department, Ghent University

16 April 2015
Seminar: Message in a bottle: Race, consumption and advertising in the twentieth century South African wine industry
Speaker: Paul Nugent, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

09 April 2015
Seminar: Society and change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the regional perspective on Ghanaian history
Speaker: Dr. Samuel Ntewusu, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana at Legon,
Speaker: Dr. Michel Doortmont, African Studies Centre and University of Groningen

19 February 2015
Seminar: Do African elites really want to emulate a Chinese 'model' of development?
Speaker: Elsje Fourie, Maastricht University

29 January 2015
Seminar: Anticipating the revolt: A new view of military mutinies in West and Central Africa
Speaker: Maggie Dwyer, University of Saint Andrews and University of Edinburgh

22 January 2015
Seminar by Stephen Ellis: A history of Nigerian organized crime
Speaker: Stephen Ellis, African Studies Centre / VU University Amsterdam


16 December 2014
Seminar: Disability in South Africa: from research to practice and policy, and back again
Speaker: Kate Sherry, visiting PhD student from the University of Cape Town, occupational therapist and chair of Rural Rehab SA (RuReSA).

08 December 2014
Performance by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (South Africa) big success
Speaker: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

21 November 2014
Book presentation: Peter Tse Angwafo: Cameroon's Predicaments
Speaker: Verina Ingram, Wageningen University

06 November 2014
Seminar: Guilty secrets: Torture, Abuse and the British in Africa
Speaker: David Anderson, University of Warwick

05 November 2014
PARTOS-ASC Seminar Inclusive Micro Insurance
Speaker: Marleen Dekker,
Speaker: Annegien Langedijk-Wilms - PharmAccess

30 October 2014
Seminar ‘Show me the Money’
Speaker: André Loozekoot (MSc), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

23 October 2014
Seminar: Financial Imperialism and Settler Colonialism: Britain and Rhodesia, 1945-1962
Speaker: Tinashe Nyamunda, PhD student, Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State

23 October 2014
Seminar: Financial Imperialism and Settler Colonialism: Britain and Rhodesia, 1945-1962
Speaker: Tinashe Nyamunda, PhD student, Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

20 October 2014
Seminar: Transitional justice where there Is no transition: A focus on Uganda
Speaker: Chris Dolan, Refugee Law Project Makerere University, Kampala

02 October 2014
Seminar: Contemporary Artists in Ghana and the Boundaries of Globalisation
Speaker: Rhoda Woets, VU University, Amsterdam

25 September 2014
Seminar: Normalization of sexual appetite: the sense of sexual contemporariness in Maputo
Speaker: Sandra Manuel, Eduardo Mondlane University

17 September 2014 to 18 September 2014
Robert Ross's Valedictory Workshop

26 June 2014
Seminar: The road to development: The construction and use of Ghana's Great North Road, 1900-2000
Speaker: Samuel Ntewusu, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

19 June 2014
Seminar: African sages, identifying the oral sources of philosophy in Africa
Speaker: Bekele Gutema, Addis Ababa University, and ASC visiting fellow

12 June 2014
Seminar: From war refugees to social protesters: Transformations in the South African Lowveld 1850-2013
Speaker: Kees van der Waal, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

05 June 2014
Book presentation: Lieve Joris: 'Op de vleugels van de draak'
Speaker: Lieve Joris and Seada Nourhussen

28 May 2014
Seminar: Making Room for Islam in the West: Senegalese Muslims in Europe and North America
Speaker: Cheikh Anta Babou, University of Pennsylvania

22 April 2014
ASC Community Country Meeting: Elections in South Africa
Speaker: Susan Booysen

03 April 2014
Seminar by Luise White: Place, Patria, and Citizenship: National service in Rhodesia 1970-80
Speaker: Luise White, Department of History, University of Florida

25 March 2014
Film seminar: 'Born This Way', in presence of activist Yves Yomb (Cameroon)
Speaker: Yves Yomb, Director of Association Alternatives Cameroun

23 January 2014
Seminar: African Rentiers and Chinese Entrepreneurs: Local-Global Entanglements in South Africa’s Rural Towns
Speaker: Nkululeko Mabandla, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town


16 December 2013
Seminar: Islam, Youth, and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama‘at
Speaker: Marloes Janson, SOAS, University of London

28 November 2013
Female Genital Cutting: A Panel Discussion
Speaker: Marit Tolo Østebø, University of Florida/University of Bergen

21 November 2013
Seminar: 'Making it in Nairobi: Matatu Culture and Political Economy in the New Africa'
Speaker: Kenda Mutongi, Professor of History, Williams College, MA USA, and Fellow at NIAS Wassenaar

24 October 2013
Seminar: Kalahari Capers: Researching the Bushmen
Speaker: Prof. Keyan G. Tomaselli, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

02 October 2013
Seminar: Artisanal Mining & Youth in Tanzania
Speaker: Deborah Fahy Bryceson, University of Glasgow

26 September 2013
Seminar: The definition of unemployment in Africa
Speaker: William Baah-Boateng, PhD, Department of Economics, University of Ghana

17 September 2013
Seminar: Episodes from Timbuktu in Times of Distress
Speaker: Dr Shamil Jeppie, Institute for humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa

05 September 2013
Seminar: Complexities and Dangers of Remembering and Forgetting in Rwanda
Speaker: Olivier Nyirubugara

04 July 2013
Seminar: Untimely Utopia: Senegal’s Pan-African Heritage
Speaker: Ferdinand de Jong, University of East Anglia

27 June 2013
Seminar: Dutch development aid in Rwanda; possibilities and challenges, by Leoni Cuelenaere
Speaker: Leoni Cuelenaere, Netherlands' ambassador to Rwanda

14 June 2013
Seminar: China’s Global Backyard: Comparing Chinese Relations with Southeast Asia and Africa
Speaker: Danielle Tan, International Institute for Asian Studies,
Speaker: Jessica Achberger, African Studies Centre

13 June 2013
Seminar: Unlikely Allies: Zambia, Yugoslavia and the Quest for Nonaligned Economic Development
Speaker: Jessica Achberger, Research Fellow at the Southern African Institute of Policy and Research in Lusaka, Zambia

04 June 2013
IS Academie seminar: Handel en OS: hoe plukken lokale boeren daar de vruchten van?
Speaker: Matthias Olthaar, Universiteit Groningen en Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

03 June 2013
Seminar: PADev

30 May 2013
Seminar: Colonial administration, native taxation and fiscal subjects in former Portuguese Africa
Speaker: Philip J. Havik, Tropical Research Institute IICT Lisbon

16 May 2013
Africa Today Seminar: Let's Be Friends: The US, Post-Genocide Rwanda and Victor's Justice in Arusha
Speaker: Luc Reydams, Dept of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

18 April 2013
Seminar: The War Ate the Rains: Transnational Civil War and Environmental Destruction in Southern Africa, 1960s-1990s
Speaker: Emmanuel Kreike, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and Princeton University

09 April 2013
Seminar: ‘The Englishman’s Game’. Cricket and Colonial Identity in South Africa, 1880-1910
Speaker: Dr Dean Allen, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town

28 March 2013
Seminar: The Bungha Building as a Site for the Contestation of History
Speaker: Brenton A. Maart, University of Cape Town, visiting fellow African Studies Centre

28 March 2013
Workshop: Energy access and climate finance in Africa
Speaker: Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, CSTM/University of Twente,
Speaker: Wim Jonker Klunne, CSIR, South Africa,
Speaker: Jonathan Quartey, University of Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

14 March 2013
Seminar: The BRICS and the “New Scramble for Africa"
Speaker: Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Politics at St Andrews, Scotland, UK

07 March 2013
Crisis Watch #4: Gewapend conflict in Mali
Speaker: Han van Dijk, Afrika-Studiecentrum,
Speaker: en verder: Ludo de Brabander (Vrede vzw), Rosan Smits (Clingendael) en een noodhulpspecialist vanuit ICCO en Kerk in Actie

28 February 2013
Séminaire: Les entrepreneurs militaires et la démocratisation à Madagascar
Speaker: Juvence Ramasy, University of Toamasina, Madagascar

31 January 2013
Seminar: Het conflict in oostelijk Congo en mijnbouw: zijn er lokale oplossingen mogelijk?
Speaker: Koen Vlassenroot, Universiteit Gent,
Speaker: Joost van Puijenbroek, IKV Pax Christi,
Speaker: Sara Geenen, Universiteit Antwerpen,
Speaker: Jaime de Bourbon Parme

25 January 2013
Seminar: External Mission: The ANC in Exile, 1960-1990
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stephen Ellis, African Studies Centre

24 January 2013
Seminar: Lewanika's Workshop and the Vision of Lozi Arts: Establishing and Maintaining an Identity in Western Zambia, 1880 - 1980
Speaker: Karen E. Milbourne, PhD, curator National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution


12 December 2012
Lunch Seminar: On Being Fire-fighters: Insights on Curriculum Transformation in Contexts of HIV and AIDS
Speaker: Musa W. Dube, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies University of Botswana

29 November 2012
Seminar: Youth in “Waithood”: Transitions and Social Change
Speaker: Alcinda Honwana, Visiting professor Open University UK

22 November 2012
Seminar: Powers, Territory and Politics of Personal Dependency in the Western Gold Coast (Ghana-Ivory Coast)
Speaker: Prof. Pierluigi Valsecchi, University of Pavia

17 October 2012
The crisis in Mali: Political instability and regional radicalization
Speaker: Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn,
Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Soares,
Speaker: Martin van Vliet

11 October 2012
‘Order doesn't come by itself’. Chinese facilitators of order and disorder in Accra
Speaker: Alena Thiel, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg,
Speaker: Dr Karsten Giese, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg

09 October 2012
Seminar: Kenyan Land Reform: From Paper to Practice (and the Role of Civil Society)
Speaker: David Barissa Ringa, ActionAid Kenya

27 September 2012
Seminar: The Impact of Tax Havens on Development
Speaker: Prof. Ronen Palan, City University London

13 September 2012
Violence, Informal Authority and Conflict Resolution in Kano, Nigeria
Speaker: Dr David Ehrhardt

05 July 2012
Seminar: Archaeology, Delafosse and the States of the West African Sahel
Speaker: Prof. Kevin C. MacDonald, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

21 June 2012
Seminar: In Defence of ‘Useless’ Research in African Studies
Speaker: Elisio Macamo, Professor in African Studies, University of Basel

07 June 2012
Seminar: Do Elections Matter? Democratization in the DRC at a Crossroads
Speaker: Théodore Trefon, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

31 May 2012
Seminar: Violence, Urbanization and Rationalization in Cape Town's Taxi Industry (1990-2010)
Speaker: Dr Erik Bähre, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University

15 May 2012
Seminar: "These Bitches are Witches": Chinese Prostitution and the Popular Invention of ‘Witch-Other’ in Cameroon
Speaker: Dr Basile Ndjio (University of Douala, Fellow at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam)

19 April 2012
Seminar: Africa and the Perversities of International Capital Flows
Speaker: Prof. Howard Stein (Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan)

16 April 2012
Seminar: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in Northern Namibia
Speaker: Wendi Haugh, St Lawrence University, New York

05 April 2012
Seminar: The Origins and Spread of Dry Laid, Stone-Walled Architecture in Pre-Colonial South Africa
Speaker: Dr Karim Sadr, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

02 April 2012
Seminar: The “Arab Spring” and its impacts on Sub Saharan Africa
Speaker: Hamdy Hassan (Professor of Political Science, Cairo University & Zayed University Dubai)

28 March 2012
What can Western donors learn from China's approach in Africa? (in cooperation with Knowing Emerging Powers)
Speaker: Prof. Deborah Brautigam, International Food Policy Research Institute and American University, Washington DC

28 March 2012
Seminar: What can Western donors learn from China's approach in Africa?
Speaker: Prof. Deborah Brautigam, International Food Policy Research Institute and American University, Washington DC

08 March 2012
Seminar: Socialist Modernities and Discourses of Development: The Drive-in Cinema in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Speaker: Prof. Laura Fair, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

16 February 2012
Seminar: Places of Resistance and Quiescence
Speaker: Dr Noor Nieftagodien, History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

26 January 2012
Seminar: State Building and Conflict in the Horn of Africa: The Case of Ethiopia
Speaker: Professor John Markakis, University of Crete, Greece

12 January 2012
Seminar: Africa Today Seminar: Investigative Journalism as a Tool to Expose and Fight Corruption in Nigeria
Speaker: Idris Akinbajo, reporter for Next and Premium Times in Nigeria, and FAIR Investigative Journalism Award winner 2011