Date and time: Wed, 7 Jun 2023 09:00 – 17:00 BST

Location: University of Bristol, Global Lounge First Floor Senate House Tyndall Avenue Bristol BS8 1TQ

FACE 2023: An Africa Research Day seeks to bring together students and staff at the University of Bristol for a day focused on sharing research, reflecting on approaches to teaching Africa within the University and elsewhere and sharing advice on careers in Africa-focused research. The day will specifically consist of 3 panels focused around:

  • Research presentations from Bristol staff outlining the research they undertake in/on/of Africa.
  • A roundtable on Teaching Africa in UK Higher Education as well as in African institutions with input from UoB academics and external speakers.
  • Careers in African Research.

These are the speakers that have been confirmed thus far:

Welcome by Professor Agnes Nairn, PVC Global Engagement

Research Presentations: Showcasing UoB Africa-Focused Research

UOB Scholars

  • Dr. Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, Law School-International Law and the Ethiopian Conflict
  • Dr. Gernot Klantschnig, School for Policy Studies (SPS)- Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa (co-authors: Dr. Clemence Rusenga and Dr. Neil Carrier)
  • Dr. Raffaele de Risi, Department of Civil Engineering – Earthquake Resilient Communities in East Africa: A research partnership
  • Dr. Foluke Adebisi, Law School – Researching Decolonisation and Law from a Pan-African perspective
  • Dr. Fanny Froehlich, School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies (SPAIS) – Local and Transnational Concepts of Gender and Social Transformation – Reciprocal Inspection of Socio-Cultural Norms in the Context of Cross-cultural International Development
  • Dr. Monique Kwachou, Law School – AFRIUNI: An example of partnership and collaborating on the conceptualizing and implementation of projects in African contexts
  • Dr. Vicky Sharley (SPS) and Professor Janet Ananias (University of Namibia) – Lessons learnt and challenges faced: working together towards a truly equitable research partnership across the global north-south divide

Invited Scholars from Other Institutions

  • Dr. Victoria Omotoso, University of Exeter – Imag(in)ing Jesus: Cross-Cultural audience receptions of Jesus in film in post-colonial cultural landscapes
  • Dr. Olusoji Adebisi, Aston University – Detection and Antibiotic Susceptibility of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Four Ecologically important Rivers in Ilorin Metropolis, Nigeria

Roundtable 1: Teaching Africa

  • Dr. Morenikeji Asaaju, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, School for Policy Studies (SPS)
  • Dr. Beth Rebisz, Department of History
  • Professor Madhu Krishnan, Department of English
  • Dr. Eyob Gebremariam, Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC)
  • Dr. Adrian Flint, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)
  • Dr. José Lingna Nafafé, Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Roundtable 2: Career Pathways in African Research

  • Ms. Nana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director, Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD).
  • Ms. Sado Jirde, Black South West Network (BSWN)
  • Dr. Clemence Rusenga, School for Policy Studies (SPS)

An African themed lunch will be provided.

There will also be stalls selling African themed items and books.

Dress Code: Pan-African

In-person Attendance: Tickets are free, but please book early so we can have an idea of numbers for catering. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis as we cannot exceed the room capacity of the venue.

On-line Attendance: Tickets are free, however, please note that online attendees will only be able to listen and participate through the chat. Due to tech limitations of the venue, only in-person attendees will be able to present their work.

If you have any questions or would like to present your research, please email foluke.adebisi@bristol.ac.uk. Students and staff are welcome to present their research.

 

Event Organisers

The event is organised by Forever Africa Conference and Events (FACE) and a group of UoB Africa-focused researchers. FACE a Pan-African initiative brought together by staff and students at the University of Bristol. It has an interdisciplinary, cross-sector, intergenerational, intercommunity, intercontinental vision to dialogue for the purpose bringing change through cooperation. The organisation of FACE relies on a vibrant student volunteer group as well as support and guidance from an International Advisory Committee. FACE was established in 2017.

Follow FACE on:

  • Twitter: @ForeverAfrica_
  • Our Website: http://foreverafrica.org/
  • Facebook: Forever Africa Conference and Events

In turn, the group of UoB Africa-focused researchers co-organising this event is a group formed organically and informally in the summer of 2022 in order to bring together researchers from across UoB for the purposes of networking, knowledge – and experience – exchange, collaboration, and social support. The group is always happy to welcome new academics and researchers based at the University of Bristol. For more information please contact: afua.twum-danso@bristol.ac.uk).

 

Sponsors include:

  • University of Bristol Law School
  • The Global Lounge, University of Bristol
  • The Centre for Black Humanities, University of Bristol

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