Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Centre for African Studies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
Fax: 0113 343 4400

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski


About the Centre
Find out more about Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Creative Africas

There are still spaces left on Creative Africas: Culture and the Arts in Modern Africa (FOAR1100), a semester 1 Level 1 discovery module organised by Leeds University Centre for African Studies which offers an introduction to a wide range of forms of contemporary African cultural production and the historical and social contexts of their emergence.

YASN Conference – Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Please see this Call for Papers for the next Yorkshire African Studies Network conference, which will take place at the University of Bradford on Friday 18 November with the support of JEFCAS.   The conference aims to subject to scrutiny the realms of criminal justice, social justice and reconciliation in Africa.

Leeds African Studies Bulletin # 77 out now

The latest issue of Leeds African Studies Bulletin (No. 77, 2015-16) is out now and available to view online and download – see here. This issue includes the LUCAS 2015-16 Annual Lecture on the excesses of power given by Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, who studied at Leeds in the 1950s.   We welcome contributions for the next volume, for more information or if you have ideas for submissions please get in touch – the deadline for articles for volume No. 78 is 1 October 2016.

Poverty, Inc.: Film showing and discussion

On Wednesday 27 April, in collaboration with a local NGO, The Global Native, LUCAS is hosting a film showing of Poverty, Inc which will also feature a post-film discussion – for more details see here

Finding Africa seminar

The next Finding Africa seminar will now be: Liberating the Female Voice from the Patriarchal Order of the South African Pastoral Tradition: Anne Landsman’s The Devil’s Chimney by Ruth Daly, and will take place on 24 May 2016 at 4pm in Seminar Room 1 of the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (physical address: 31-2 Clarendon Place, Leeds) – for more details please see here.

Alex Beresford on South Africa’s Political Crisis

Our upcoming LUCAS seminar features Alexander Beresford (Leeds) talking about his new book, South Africa’s Political Crisis: Unfinished Liberation and Fractured Class Struggles, on Thursday 3 March at 4pm, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, LG 19. All are welcome, for more details see here

Symposium on Religion, Homosexuality and LGBT Rights in Africa

This symposium on Thursday 7 April celebrates the launch of two book volumes, co-edited by Ezra Chitando and Adriaan van Klinken, and published with Ashgate in spring 2016: Public Religion and the Politics of Homosexuality in Africa and Christianity and Controversies over Homosexuality in Africa. For more details and how to reserve your place please see here

Professor Manuel Barcia’s inaugural lecture

On Thursday 10 March, Professor Manuel Barcia will give his inaugural lecture on ‘Slave Rebellions or Actions of War? Understanding West African Armed Resistance in Bahia and Cuba, 1807-1844’ – for more details and to reserve your place please see here;

Climate Change in Malawi PhD Studentship at Leeds

The Priestley International Centre for the Climate is launching its Climate Research Doctoral Training Programme with a suite of fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities including a project on ‘Evidence-based Policy for Climate Smart Agriculture in Malawi’ – for more details please see here

Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) Online

Check out the new ROAPE Online website, which has analysis of contemporary developments in Africa as well as details of scholarships, funding opportunities etc – including the Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship

YASN Workshop on Gender and Sexuality

The Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) have organised a workshop on Gender and Sexuality which will take place at the University of Leeds on Thursday 14 January 2016 – for a programme and details of registration please see here

Two seminars on African theatre

In the School of English, a seminar with Prof. Jane Taylor (Leeds) on ‘Ubu and the Truth Commission: Transitional Justice and Theatre’ will take place on Tuesday 8 December at 5pm, Studio One of the Workshop Theatre (behind the Laidlaw library) – for more info please see here

There is also a new addition to the LUCAS Seminar series, as Prof. Jane Plastow (Leeds) will talk on ‘From Research to Activism: Making Theatre and Anthropology in Walukuba’ on Wednesday 9th December, at 5 pm, again in Studio One of the Workshop Theatre (beside Laidlaw Library) – for details of upcoming seminars this semester please see here

Finding Africa seminar

The next Finding Africa seminar will be held at Leeds on Wednesday 25 November 2015, at 5.30pm, University of Leeds’ Humanities Research Institute (29-31 Clarendon Place) and will see two papers on the Zimbabwean author and scholar, Yvonne Vera.  Ryan Topper (Leeds) will present on “Life Beyond the Archive: Yvonne Vera’s The Stone Virgins” and Thando Njovane (York) will give a paper on “Architectures of Voice and Language in Yvonne Vera’s Under the Tongue” – for abstracts see here

LUCAS Seminar Series 2015-16

LUCAS is pleased to announce its Seminar Series for 2015-16. The next seminar is Alex Beresford (Leeds), ‘South Africa’s Political Crisis: Unfinished Liberation and Fractured Class Struggles’. Thursday 3 March, 4–5.30pm (seminar and book launch) (Michael Sadler LG 19) . All welcome – for the full list of seminars see here

Call for Papers: YASN Workshop on Gender and Sexuality

Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) Workshop on Gender and Sexuality
University of Leeds, 14 January 2016 – for more details see here

Wole Soyinka to give the LUCAS Annual Lecture 2015

LUCAS are delighted and honoured to announce that Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will return to the University of Leeds on Thursday 8 October 2015 to give the LUCAS Annual Lecture on ‘Narcissus and other Pall Bearers: Morbidity as Ideology’. Please find more details of Wole Soyinka’s lecture here

The 2015 Lionel Cliffe Prize

LUCAS are happy to announce that Emma Camp has won the 2015 Lionel Cliffe prize for the best undergraduate dissertation on an African topic at the University of Leeds, on the topic of ‘To what extent has neoliberalism impacted upon the government and civil society in South Africa and can it explain Thabo Mbeki’s AIDS denialism?’. Many congratulations to Emma.

The Anthropology and Ethnography of Africa

A new second year discovery module is now available though LUCAS entitled ‘The Anthropology and Ethnography of Africa’

New Bulletin

African Studies Bulletin No. 76 Winter 2014/15 is out now – we welcome contributions for the next volume, for more information or if you have ideas for submissions please get in touch – the deadline for the next issue is 1 November 2015.

Annual LUCAS Lecture

photoProf. Pat Manning, ‘Africa and its Diaspora as a Metaphor in World History’
Thursday 14 May 2015 at 4 pm, Worsley Medical Lecture Theatre (7.35) at the University of Leeds

YASN Event in York

Culture and Politics in Africa is a YASN event on 12th of June 2015 at University of York, organised by Professor Allison Drew.

YASN Event in Sheffield

Family, Community and Livelihoods: Perspectives from Africa is a YASN event at Sheffield University on 19th of May 2015.


The International Criminal Court in Africa. LUCAS is co-organising a seminar on the ICC in Africa with Law & Social Justice and POLIS on Wednesday 25th of February 2015 at the Moot Court Room in the Liberty Building (School of Law) from 15:30 to 17:00.


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