AfNet’s Africa Research Day – March 17th, 2014 (UCL)


To read the full programme along with presentation abstracts, please visit this link.

Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Venue: University College London Main Campus, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT  (Pearson & Chadwick Buildings)

Keynote Address: Dr. Funmi Olonisakin
(African Leadership Centre, King’s College London)
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Chadwick Building, room G07)

Concurrent Panels: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Pearson Building)

Panel I: Politics, Peace and Conflict

  • Alison Brettle (King’s College London): Informal mechanisms, social networks and the reintegration of ex-combatants after war
  • Leena Kotilainen (University of Turku): Young female soldiers in Liberia’s civil wars
  • Akali Omeni (King’s College London): Counter-insurgency in Nigeria: doctrine and operations in a changing military environment
  • Kathryn Nash (School of Oriental and African Studies): Evolution of African Union conflict resolution norms and their impact on the international system
  • Darius A’Zami (University of Sussex): Unequal equals: decolonisation, the ‘weakest link in the imperial chain’, and Tanzanian independence
  • Jonathan R. Beloff (School of Oriental and African Studies): The geopolitical affects of Rwanda’s possible mineral wealth

Panel II: Representation, Identity and Gender

  • Caroline Ackley (University College London): Intimacy and agency in Somaliland’s negotiations of love
  • Ekua Andrea Agha (Birkbeck College): Breaking the mould: how Sembène Ousmane (re) creates new images for women in African cinema
  • Sylvia Esther Adu Gyamfi (University of Sussex): Interrogating adolescent resilience to teenage pregnancy and early motherhood in Ghana
  • Julia Binter (University of Oxford): The cultural worlds of the African palm oil trade
  • Hany Rashwan (School of Oriental and African Studies): Cultural linguistic identity of Ancient Egyptian rhetoric under the dominance of Greco-Roman traditions
  • Jacinta Victoria Syombua Muinde (University of Cambridge)Contested history and culture: a reflection on the tradition and identity of the Mijikenda people of the Kenyan coastal hinterland

Panel III: Resources, Finance and Development

  • Isaac Tchuwa (University of Manchester): Critical political ecology of uneven spaces of urban water access in African cities: a case study of Blantyre, Malawi
  • Charlotte Wheeler (University College London): Managing tropical forests for carbon sequestration & biodiversity: an 18-year experiment from Kibale National Park, Uganda
  • Ben Wood (University of Leeds): Can the CDM help finance energy access in least developed countries? The case of Tanzania
  • Pam Zigomo (Goldsmiths): Challenges in developing the entrepreneurial capacities of Zimbabwe’s creative and cultural practitioners
  • Richard Itaman (School of Oriental and African Studies): Interrogating the finance growth nexus argument
  • Kenneth Donkor-Hyiaman (University of Cambridge): Towards innovative housing financing in Ghana: an ex ante analysis of the potential of pension assets

Moderators: AfNet 2013-2014 Coordinators
Simi Dosekun (King’s College London)
Aidan Mosselson (University College London)
ThienVinh Nguyen (University College London)
Robtel Neajai Pailey (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Tea/coffee and lunch provided
Attendance is free

Centre of African Studies, University of London
School of Oriental and African Studies Doctoral School
Joints Faculty Institute for Graduate Studies, University College London

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