Previous DASA events


9th December - The Condition of Exile: Ghanaian Exile Networks and Competing National- isms, 1957-1993

25th November - Book talk: Manhood, Morality and the Transformation of Angolan Society: MPLA Veterans and Post-war Dynamics

13th November - Ben Salisbury: Public opinion and the public sphere in the late Roman Republic

12th November - BRIHC Research in Practice: Dr Kate Skinner

11th November - Handwritten in Lagos: Self and Textuality in Colonial Petitions

21st October - "Seeing Like an Enclave": Topographies of Power in Maputo, Mozambique

17th October - Undergraduate Open Day

7th October - The Impact of Covid on Cities and the Built Environment

7th October - Theorizing Beyond the West: Decolonizing Eurocentric Literary Theory in the Ancient Egyptian and Arabic Poetics

12th September - Undergraduate Open Day

8th July - Postgraduate Offer Holder Day - College of Arts and Law

25th June - Undergraduate Open Day

24th June - Undergraduate Open Day

25th March - Cancelled: Africa and Music in the Americas: Two case studies of early sources

18th March - Cancelled: Un/mapping the suburban frontier: accumulation and authority at the state's urban edge in Dar es Salaam

11th March - Postgraduate Open Day

11th March - Seminar on 11 March - cancelled

4th March - Africa Talks seminar

26th February - Late Postcoloniality: The Postcolonial Condition in 21st Century Portuguese-speaking Africa

12th February - Poetry Reading: African identity in the diaspora

5th February - Decolonising African Studies and/through Film

4th February - Slavery in the West African Sahel — A Resilient Institution'

29th January - Visual arts and poetry of South Sudanese artist Severino Matti: documenting civil war through creative arts

23rd January - The Colonialism of Neoliberal Gentrification

22nd January - Gender equality in sentencing: the upside down talk

15th January - Diplomacy, norms and textuality in Islamic Africa: the power letters of Borno (1823-1918)

14th January - Postcolonial Commemorative Practices Surrounding Monument aux Morts — The Afterlives of Indo-French Colonial Connections around Puducherry's French War Memorial (rescheduled)


11th December - 'You Have to Have Someone': Domestic Service, Gender and Economic Decline in Zambia

4th December - Book talk: Nairobi in the Making : Landscapes of Time and Urban Belonging.

27th November - Late Postcoloniality: The Postcolonial Condition in 21st Century Portuguese-speaking Africa.

20th November - Book talk: Tales of hope, tastes of bitterness: Chinese road builders in Ethiopia.

19th November - Independence as Rupture, Continuity or Transition? Gendering Citizenship and Decolonising Justice in 1960s Ghana

13th November - The arts of oil: a cultural history of Port Harcourt

30th October - Cruise ships and containers: towards a literary geography of the Caribbean port.

23rd October - Africa talks - TBC

9th October - The aged, the infirm and the effeminate: Rhetorical strategies in election rally songs from Lesotho and Nigeria

2nd October - Book talk: Street Archives and City Life: Popular Intellectuals in Postcolonial Tanzania.

3rd-4th June - Cadbury Workshop 2019: Law, Custom, and Urban Property in Africa

22nd May - Global Urbanism @ Bham

22nd May - Fage lecture 2019 - Propositions of the (non)urban: dancing the future away

2nd May - Materials of African literatures

27th March - The Act of Living: Marginality and street life in an African success story

20th March - The politics of work in a post-conflict state: Youth, labour, and violence in Sierra Leone

13th March - Zvirikufaya as popular politics: Digital culture, mediated encounters and postcolonial publics

6th March - Rebel Orders: Violence and the (never) coming anarchy

27th February - Removing Africa from beneath the shadow of Terra Nullius: Law, decolonisation and the study of Africa

13th February - Do you really need it? Educational mismatch and earnings in Ghana

6th February - Infrastructures of encounter: Local radio, sociability and place-(re)making in post-conflict Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

30th January - Anthropocene storytelling: Ecological writing and pedagogies of planetary change

23rd January - Atlantic Slavery a crime against Natural, Humanity, Divine, and Civil laws: Angolan Prince Lourenço da Silva Mendonça's Court Case, Vatican 1684-1686

16th January - 'Islands of integrity': Reductions in bribery in Uganda and South Africa and lessons for improving anti-corruption policy and practice


12th December - Putting Satan at the Centre: Rethinking Contemporary Global Christianity in Nigeria and Beyond

5th December - Ambivalent belonging: Born-again Christians between Africa and Europe

28th November - 'Bora Uhai': Performing Digital Vernaculars in Kenya

21st November - Air pollution in East Africa: urbanization and inequalities

14th November - African commercial organization on the Gold Coast in the 17th century

7th November - Imperative Conditionals; Black Speculative thought and the co-designed futurity

31st October - Mining, waste and environmental thought on the Central African Copperbelt, 1950-2000

24th October - The Gold Route to Timbuktu: Tracing Medieval Trans-Saharan Camel Caravan Networks from Morocco to Mali

20th October - Decolonising the Curriculum Panel

17th October - The (other) property ladder: Taxation and the construction of analogue property rights in Lagos

10th October - From Witchcraft to Satanism: Changing fantasies and new experiences in the South African Lowveld

3rd October - School Design in Africa: Issues and Challenges for 21st Century Learning

11th-13th September - ASAUK conference 2018

10th September - Introduction to Inter-Continental Academia (ICA): global networks and interdisciplinary research

13th April - Writivism at five and the Future of African Literature

10th-12th April - Between Slavery and Post-slavery

19th March - Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity: Métis and Claims to/of French Citizenship in Twentieth Century Colonial Francophone Africa

19th-20th March - Slavery, Post-slavery, and Gender Violence in Africa

14th March - Prophets, Evangelists, and Missionaries: Trans-Atlantic Interactions in the Emergence of Nigerian Pentecostalism

7th March - Hackers of the Heart: Cons, Virtual Intimacy, and the Sorcery of the Internet in Abidjan

28th February - The Struggle over State Power in Zimbabwe: Law and Politics Since 1950

21st February - Bureaucracy from Below: Stabilising Land Rights after Zimbabwe's Land Reform Program

7th February - Making Concessions: Power and Ecstasis in the Congolese rainforest

31st January - Colonialism, Political Transition and Politics of Redress in Nigeria

24th January - Today We Become: Echoing the Past to Negotiate the Landscape of Postcolony

17th January - The Suffering Subject: Flogging Scandals in Colonial Northern Nigeria and a Humanitarian Public Sphere, 1912-1933

10th January - Indirect Rule, the Mission Encounter and Witchcraft in Colonial South-eastern Congo, 1910-1960


6th December - What happens after transitional justice? An analysis of Sierra Leone

4th December - Annual Fage Lecture, 'Displacements of Discourse and the Making of the Concept of African Oral Tradition'

29th November - Beyond Fetishism: Mmanwu and the Politics of Postcoloniality

22nd November - Communal Labour and Road Construction in Osun Division of Southwestern Nigeria, 1900-1960

15th November - Diaspora communications and humanitarian emergencies: the case of Ebola and the Regent mudslide and the Sierra Leonean diaspora in the UK

13th November - Post-conflict Transition(s) to Normality: Individual Stories from Sierra Leone.

10th November - Re-thinking Sunjata: epics, oral literature & translation in West Africa

8th November - Contemporary African Cinemas: New genres, aesthetics and themes

25th October - Black History in the Midlands and Beyond: Connections and Context

25th October - Africa Talks double session

18th October - Race Work-in-Progress Seminar Launch

18th October - From Institutional Entrepreneurship to Institutional Work: The World Bank in Ghana, 1957-1985

11th October - Soldiers in Revolt: Army Mutinies in Africa

9th October - Africa Writes Pop-Up Birmingham With Chinelo Okparanta, Jowhor Ile and Olumide Popoola

4th October - Achieving Contextual Sentencing in the court room in Uganda through Community Impact Statements: whither kinship justice?

27th September - Nation-making at the Border: Zambian Diplomacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

21st-23rd September - The Modern Invention of Dynasty: A Global Intellectual History, 1500-2000

20th September - Research Africa Day 2017

22nd August - BRIHC Scholars Symposium

7th June - Strategies for research dissemination

2nd June - Women, the Body and Capitalist Accumulation, Past and Present

1st-2nd June - 'Marriage in Africa' - The Cadbury Conference 2017

17th May - Postcolonialism in interdisciplinary perspective

20th March - Confessions of a Courtesan: Print Culture in Colonial Lagos

9th March - 'Free speech' in academia: between critical imperative and structural inequality

1st March - Designs for Life: Notes on Poverty, Cultural Practices and a Female Carpentry-Training Project in Lagos

28th February - Sierra Leonean storytelling with Usifu Jalloh

22nd February - Nigeria is my Playground: A History of Yoruba and Anglophone Travel Writing by Nigerians

8th February - The Spirit of Dis/continuity: Pentecostalism in a South African Township'

1st February - African Studies in Central and Eastern Europe

31st January - Ace Dance and Music

25th January - A Sharia Court Post Slavery Judgement: The Qadi, Colonial Rule and the Marriage of a 'Slave Woman' along the Eastern Coast of the Indian Ocean

24th January - Lekan Babalola

18th January - Narrating the Past: Orality, History and the Production of Knowledge in the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

17th January - Nairobi Half Life

11th January - Nigerian Visions of India: Journalists, Soldiers and Nationalists in 1940s India


7th December - On the Matter of Words: The Invention of Prophetic Alphabets in Africa

30th November - Love and Absence in Senegalese Transnational Families

23rd November - Feminine Futures: Female Initiation and Aspiration in Matrilineal Malawi

17th November - The Meanings of Black History

16th November - MCH BRIHC: Forests, Fields, and Peasant Revolution: The 'Green Cadres' and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

9th November - The United Nations and Sanctions against South Africa, 1946-1965

27th October - Artificial nations: disappeared states, post-colonial borders and methodological nationalism

26th October - Writing about the "Other" in Africa: reflections from the 16th century

19th October - BRIHC: Thinking through 'loss'

19th October - Femi Oyebode reads from his poetry

12th October - Trauma and the Epic in Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean Literature

5th October - Aliens, Citizens, and Rights: Zimbabwe's Citizenship Law since Independence

28th September - Legal Disputes in the Era of the Slave Trade: Afro-Portuguese Relations in the Bight of Benin in the Eighteenth Century

30th June-1st July - Cadbury Conference 2016: Bodies of text - learning to be Muslim in West Africa

28th June - Timbuktu's intellectual and social histories

15th June - Youth and being Muslim in Senegal

8th June - Commemorations of the birth of Prophet Muhammad or Mawlid in northern Ivory Coast: between reislamisation, socialization and political legitimacy

1st June - Shaping Muslim Identities in West Africa, Past and Present

25th May - Constructing Salafi Identity and Islamic Radicalisation in Ghana

19th May - Adabiyya and Markaziyya Knowledge Praxes in Ilorin 1960-2015

11th May - Arabisants' reformulation of religious practices and social values in Mali

19th April - Gender, violence, and the children born of war in Northern Uganda: new directions in research

23rd March - Writing about the "Other" in Africa: reflections from the 16th century

16th March - Politics of religious registration in Africa

9th March - African travel writing encounters workshop: three African and diaspora travel writers in conversation

2nd March - A change of heart: genres of social transformation and religious conversion in South Africa

24th February - Radicalization and counter-radicalization of Muslims in Northern Nigeria

10th February - Political crisis, legitimacy, and "culture" in Mali

3rd February - "These unbelievers beyond the Nile": The geography of Jihad in Sokoto

27th January - Issues, class, ethnic identities and religious affiliations: which is more Important in African elections?


9th December - The Exclusion of Indian Doctors from the Colonial Medical Service in Kenya

2nd December - "Translated from Gikuyu by the Author": Ngugi' wa Thiong'o's Self-Translation of Wizard of the Crow

25th November - Spirituality and Resistance in the Niger Delta

18th November - The Erotic as Rhetoric of Subversion in Saint Janet's Juju Music

12th November - Muslim Oralcy in West Africa: A Neglected Subject

12th-14th November - Landscapes, sources and intellectual projects in African history: rethinking historical evidence and its interpretation

21st October - The Real Achebe School: Reconsidering the Emergence of First-Generation Nigerian Writing

14th October - Firearms in Nineteenth-Century Central Africa: A Revisionist History

28th May - The Origins and Transmission of Culture (OToC): An interdisciplinary approach

21st May - How is interpretation a form of judgment?: analysis

21st-23rd May - Cadbury Conference 2015: Money Judgments

13th May - The making of an African consumer price index: figures

6th May - Making money circulate - velocity and judgment: fieldwork

29th April - People's judgments of price fluctuation in soft currency economies: records

20th-23rd April - Workshop on interdisciplinary approaches to the present economy

25th March - Becoming local citizens: migrants, the politics of difference and agrarian clientelism in the Gambia

18th March - Zambia's commemoration of Livingstone in 1973: Kaunda, humanism and the politics of the uni-party state

11th March - role of discourse in Zimbabwe's current succession politics

25th February - Black power in Caribbean context

11th February - Alioune Diop and the 1966 Festival mondial des arts nègres: cultural ideology under pressure

4th February - Nyerere in Scotland: the roots of Ujamaa?

28th January - Christian divine healing, zionism, and British imperial networks in Johannesburg, Transvaal, 1896-1914


11th December - Hiding in plain site: drone culture or sensing Africa remotely

4th December - Re-thinking race and class in twentieth century South Africa

27th November - War in Northern Uganda: background and effects

20th November - Youth and insecurity in the Niger Delta

30th October - Class and informal economic restructuring

23rd October - East African railways and harbours 1945-60: labour resistance to a 'crisis of accumulation'

22nd October - Adapting to Climate Change: Coping with the Effects of Weather Changes in Rural Sierra Leone

9th October - French perceptions of Algerian society at the onset of colonial conquest (ca.1840-1860)

2nd October - The price of death: understanding the township funeral industry in South Africa

4th September - Panel Discussion

4th-6th September - Crossroads in African Studies

2nd September-29th November - BABEL: An exhibition of images and words by Stewart Brown

17th May-18th June - The Cadbury Conference 2013: African newspaper cultures

19th March - Hiding in plain site: drone culture or sensing Africa remotely

5th March - Urban slums in Durban, South Africa

22nd February - Postgraduate Workshop: sites of memory

5th February - Round Table: focus on sources

30th January - The rule of fear: state violence in colonial Kenya, 1952-1955

23rd January - Round Table: focus on the Danford Collection

15th January - "The idea of the nation was superior to race": transforming racial contours, social attitudes, and decolonizing French Empire from La Réunion 1946-1973

8th January - Conundrums of cash: wage rhythms, wealth circulation and the ethics of the economy on the Zimbabwean-South African border