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 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:
  • 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:


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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