Date

November 11-15, 2019

Location

Strand and Bush House Campus, King's College London

Presentations

35 Presentations

Speakers

31 Speakers

About the Events

The Event (Description) :

The Africa Week at King’s is part of Africa at King’s programme and is co-organised by the African Leadership Centre, School of Global Affairs and Africa Research Group in the War Studies Department in collaboration with the Global Health Institute (GHI), Department of Culture Media and Creative Industries, Department of Digital Humanities, Law School, Department of History, School of Education, Communication and Society, King’s Libraries, PluS Alliance, ALC Radio, King’s Food and King’s College London Choir.

The aim of King’s Africa Week is two-fold: to showcase the work of various Departments, Units and academics that engage in research, education and outreach activities relating to Africa; and to facilitate interaction between academics across King’s Faculties working on Africa and African policy practitioners as well as experts from partner institutions. Africa Week will showcase research projects and activities, as well as education and impact activities that relate to King’s partnerships with Africa-based higher education, policy and practice institutions.

Events during the week of 11-15 November, will focus on film, literature, leadership, education, health, and economics with expert voices, special guests, students and alumni. It will be an opportunity for King’s community to experience different aspects of King’s engagement with Africa.

Several key events will run throughout the campus as part of Africa Week at King’s College London:

The King’s Engaged in Africa Conference

The 2nd King’s Engaged in Africa Conference is the main event of the Africa Week. It will showcase the work of King’s College London researchers actively engaged in and with the African continent. The theme of the conference is ‘Africa’s agency in the Greater Horn of Africa’ and will be held on the 15th November 2019.

African Cuisines Experience - Experience A taste of Africa

King’s Food Service will be serving the popular Nigerian Jollof Rice and Chicken in the Bush House Vault kitchen.

Africa and the World

Participants will benefit from other events coinciding with Africa Week including a Public Lecture on Internationalisation of Higher Education hosted by the School of Education; and a Film hosted by the African Leadership Centre.

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Conference and Event Schedule

Activity 1: Africa Week Opening – ALC Radio Live Discussion

Activity 1: Welcome Roundtable Discussion, organised by ALC

This is roundtable discussion recorded live for the ALC Radio on the significance of the inaugural event and to highlight various Departments and Units that undertake and engage in research and activities relating to the African continent.

Panellists: Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, Prof. Medhane Tadesse, others TBC

Moderator: Desmond Davies,  

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Location: K4.31

ALC-Radio Live Discussion: “A conversation about Africa at King’s and security in the Horn of Africa

Tune-in Live and engage the Vice-Principal International and a team of top experts on peace and security at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London (KCL) as they discuss the significance of the Africa Week and this year’s spotlight on the state of regional peace and security in the Horn of Africa. A small studio audience will be admitted.

In the live radio conversation will be Professor Medhane Tadesse – Horn of Africa expert on Governance and Security; ‘Funmi Olonisakin – Professor of Security, Leadership & Development and Vice President & Vice-Principal International at King’s, and Dawit Toga – Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the ALC and until recently, Political Analyst, Peace and Security Department, African Union.

Join the live broadcast via Facebook Live and send in your questions and comments.

Moderator: Desmond Davies,  

Location: Somerset House, West Wing (SW 1.13)

RSVP: Alfred Muteru alfred.ndumo@kcl.ac.uk

Activity 2: Armistice in Africa

“Mis-remembered: Africa and Africans in and after the First World War”, organised by ARG, War Studies Department

Speakers: Daniel Steinbach

Location:War Studies Meeting Room (K6.03), Strand Campus, King’s College London

Activity 4: Presentation of the Black Panther film

The film symbolises an Africa that could have been without colonialism.” This presentation will focus on the legacy of colonialism in Africa and how this inspired the making of Black Panther

Speaker: Michael Wilson (student from the School of Politics & Economics)

Location: King’s Building K0.19

Activity 5: African Cuisines Experience

African Cuisines Experience - Experience A taste of Africa: The King’s Food Service will be serving the popular Nigerian Jollof Rice and Chicken across the entire King’s College Cafés.

Location: Bush House.

Activity 6: African cultural heritage in the digital age: an open archives event

An open archives event Organised by Department of Digital Humanities and King’s Archives. Laura Gibson will unpack the ‘Museum in a Box’ she has been working on with South African partners, while staff from the King’s Archives will present and discuss a range of significant material from all over the continent. Finally, Pete Chonka will lead an interactive session based on his research on Somali books fairs and digital literary activism in that region.

Location: KCL Archives, Strand Building, 3rd Floor

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Activity 8: Book Launch

Book Launch: Widow Inheritance and Contested Citizenship in Kenya. Explores the role of body politics in the construction of gendered subjects and nations

Speaker: Dr. Awino Okech, Centre for Gender Studies and Lecturer, Gender studies, SOAS

Location: Bush House (S)2.02

Activity delete4: African Cuisines Experience

African Cuisines Experience - Experience A taste of Africa

“Jollof rice, chicken and fried plantain” will be served at Bush house-Arcade café; Roots cafe (plant based on 8th floor) excluding the chicken; Strand - Chapters ; Weston education centre - Main restaurant; Guys Henrietta Raphael building -Main restaurant; IOPPN- Main restaurant; FWB Waterloo - Main restaurant

Location: All King’s College London Café.

Activity 10: PhD Forum: Research on Africa

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Activity 9: An open event at the Foyle Special Collections Library

Come and explore some of the unique collections of historical material on Africa held in the Foyle Special Collections Library.  Ranging in date from the 16th century to the present day and in geographical coverage from the Cape of Good Hope to Cairo and all points between, our collections of books, maps, manuscripts and photographs form a major research resource for the study of Africa.  Many items are from the historical library collection of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), now held by King’s, and deal with such themes as the Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, the ‘Scramble for Africa’, British imperial rule and the transition from Empire to Commonwealth.

We will have a selection of material on display for you to look at and handle.  Special Collections staff will be on hand to guide you through the display, answer your questions and advise on how our collections might support your studies, teaching or research. There’s no need to book a place – just turn up.

Location: Foyle Special Collections Library, Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR

Map: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/special-collections/access#travelinformation)

 

Activity 10: PhD Forum: Research on Africa

Speakers: PhD students in English, War Studies and History departments

Location: K. 6.63, 6th Floor War Studies.

Activity 11: Inaugural Lecture on Internationalisation of Higher Education

Speakers: Prof. Liviu Matei, Provost, Professor of Higher Education Policy, CEU School of Public Policy, Director, Yehuda Elkana Center of Higher Education.

Location: Anatomy Lecture Theatre.

Organised by the School of Education, Communication and Society

Contact Name: Professor Beatrice Szczepek Reed/ Dr Nicole Mennell

Email: beatrice.szczepek.reed@kcl.ac.uk /Nicole.s.mennell@kcla.ac.uk

Reception to follow

Time: 18:00 | Location: Anatomy Museum

Activity 16: Film Screening - Cold Case Hammarskjöld

A documentary by Mads Brügger’s on the investigation into the enigmatic death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961.

This is an Internal King’s Event (only King’s and students and staff invited)

Location: Nash Lecture Theatre.

RSVP: Stacy Francis

Email: pa-vpinternational@kcl.ac.uk

Activity 12: [CONFERENCE] Understanding and Supporting Creative Economies In Africa: Education, Networks and Policy

14th November 2019

Location: Anatomy Museum, King's College London

This one day conference is the closing event of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research network UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING CREATIVE ECONOMIES IN AFRICA: EDUCATION, NETWORKS AND POLICY led by Dr Roberta Comunian (King’s College London) and Dr Brian Hracs (University of Southampton). 

Participation is FREE but please register as soon as possible as places are limited.

Register here: https://www.creative-economy-africa.org.uk/final-conference-london.html For Information: creativeconomy.africa@gmail.com www.creative-economy-africa.org.uk Twitter: @CE_Africa

This event is part of the AFRICA WEEK at King’s College London (11th-15th November 2019) for other events and initiatives visit:

www.kings.africa

PROGRAMME

9:30 - 10:00 Arrival, Coffee & Registration

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome

10:10 - 11:25 Session I: Education and the Creative Economy in Africa 

Chair: Dr Brian Hracs, University of Southampton

Creative higher education in Nigeria and the case of University of Lagos
Vincent Obia, Birmingham City University & University of Lagos

Educating Fashion Designers in Nairobi
Joan Mosomi, School of the Arts and Design, University of Nairobi

Uganda Film & Television Creative Skills and Skill Gaps
Gershom Kimera, MSc Film & Television, University of Portsmouth Creative Director, Pearl MediaCom Solutions Ltd

11:25 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00 Session II: Arts and Creativity beyond the economy

Chair: Dr Roberta Comunian, King’s College London

Scoping New Opportunities for Artists in East Africa
Prof. Andrew Burton, Newcastle University and Dr Lilian Nabulime, School of Industrial and Fine Arts, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University.

The importance of arts and culture for community development in Nigeria
Prof. Duro Oni, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria


Knowledge and support for the creative economy in Africa: enhancing opportunities for young people
Genevieve Pace, Creative Economy Programme Manager, British Council

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00– 15:15 Session III: Creative Economies and Creative intermediaries

Chair: Prof. Duro Oni, University of Lagos

Financing models for the development of Africa's Creative Economy: Exploring HEVA Fund's Journey
Wakiuru Njuguna, Investment Manager, HEVA Fund LLP

Creative intermediaries in Africa: profiles, networks and challenges
Lauren England, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

Thinking through the growth of the fashion design industry in Kenya
Dr Lilac Adhiambo Osanjo, School of the Arts and Design, University of Nairobi

15:15 – 15:40 Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:30 Session IV: Creative markets, networks and mobilities

Chair: Dr Lilac Adhiambo Osanjo, University of Nairobi

Examining the mobilities and immobilities of creative entrepreneurs
Dr Brian J. Hracs, School of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton

Models of engagement between makers and markets: A study of craft intermediaries in Cape Town
Dr Roberta Comunian, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

16:30 - 16:45 Closing remarks

16:45 Informal Drinks & Networking

Activity 13: Introducing PLuS Alliance

The workshop will be an opportunity to hear about the PLuS Alliance. A trilateral collaboration that combines the strengths of three leading research universities – King’s College London, Arizona State University and the UNSW Sydney – to pursue innovative solutions to global education and research challenges. The workshop is aimed at those who are interested in exploring or considering opportunities for collaborations with colleagues at these universities. For Early Career Researchers i.e. PhD researchers and Post docs interested in interdisciplinary research will also get an opportunity to hear about the PLuS International Interdisciplinary Researchers (PIIR) program which is aimed at the next generation of research leaders with the objective of enhancing interdisciplinary skills and developing a truly global perspective and network. The current PIIR researchers will share their experiences of their programme./p> Location: Strand Building. Room: S.2.3

Activity 14: Beyond the Western biomedical model: Who holds the reigns of global mental health?

Activity 15: Main Event Conference: King’s Engaged in Africa

Conference: King’s Engaged in Africa: Africa’s agency in the Greater Horn of Africa.

The conference focuses on a fascinating and complex region that is offering debates on contested ideas around agency linked in part to: the notion of a rising Africa with exemplars of developmentalism and new regionalisms; the impact of the burgeoning influx of actors from the emerging global powers from China to the Middle East; fascinating constellations of creativity and culture; new and impactful models of global health partnerships; world-leading telecommunication advancements that span various industries.

Location: Great Hall, Strand Campus.

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Speakers

Prof. Funmi Olonisakin

Vice-President and Vice-Principal (International)

Professor Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King's College London

Prof. Jack Spence, OBE

Professor of Diplomacy

John Edward 'Jack' Spence, OBE is a British academic and has been a Professor of Diplomacy at the Department of War Studies, King's College London since 1997.

Prof. Liviu Matei

Provost, CEU School of Public Policy

Prof. Liviu Matei is the Director, Yehuda Elkana Center of Higher Education.

Dr Roberta Comunian

Reader in Creative Economy at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London

Roberta's expertise and engagement include policy work on the topic of Higher Education and the Creative Economy.

Shuvai Nyoni

Director, African Leadership Centre (ALC)

Shuvai is a Gender, Peace and Security expert currently serving as the Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

Prof. Medhane Tadesse

Visiting Professor at the African Leadership Centre, Kings College London.

Tadesse is an academic specialist on peace and security issues in Africa who has researched extensively on civil wars, the Governance of Security, Political Islam and interstate conflicts.

Yovanka Paquete Perdigao

Writer, editor, and translator

Yovanka Paquete Perdigao is a Bissau-Guinean writer, editor, and translator. Born in Lisbon, Yovanka grew up in Guinea-Bissau until the age of six, a civil war in 1998 forced her to relocate to Lisbon and she has since lived in Ivory Coast, Senegal and now London.

Desmond Davies

London Bureau Chief for the Ghana News Agency (GNA)

Desmond is currently the London Bureau Chief for the Ghana News Agency (GNA). He is a Mentor in strategic communication at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London.

El Ghassim Wane

Former Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Former Chief of Staff, AU

Ghassim Wane from Mauritania was until recently the Chief of Staff and Chief Advisor of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, a position he held from October 2017 to April 2019.

Prof. Beatrice SzCzepek

Professor of Language Education & Head of School, School of Education, Communication and Society, King's College London

Beatrice studies spoken language, particularly the phonetics and phonology of natural conversation, cross-cultural comparisons and institutional interaction, through the approaches of conversation analysis and interactional linguistics.

Prof. Simon Tanner

Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage & Pro Vice Dean Research (Impact and Innovation), Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Simon Tanner has a wide ranging interest in cross disciplinary thinking and collaborative approaches that reflect a fascination with interactions between memory organisation collections (libraries, museum, archives, media and publishing) and the humanities.

Dr Vincent Hiribarren

Senior Lecturer in Modern African History, Department of History, King's College London

Vincent trained as a History and Geography teacher and taught in France, China, Guinea and England. His research interests include: African History, Archives, Borders, Borno, Cartography, Digital Humanities, Nigeria, and World History.

Dr Daniel Steinbach

lecturer in Modern History, University of Exeter

Daniel is a lecturer in Modern History specialising in comparative European colonial history. His research is concerned with British and German imperialism in the early 20th century and the global dimension of the First World War.

Dr Awino Okech

Chair, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London

Awino researches Africa-Critical gender theory on sexuality, queer politics, security and violent extremism, gender in nation and state making, social movements. Qualitative research methods and feminist research methodology

Mads Brügger

Writer and Producer

He is a writer and producer, known for Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019), The Ambassador (2011) and Kim Jong-Il's Comedy Club (2009)

Damilola Adegoke

Research Associate and Doctoral Fellow, ALC, King's College London

Damilola is a computational social science researcher, big data analyst, research associate and doctoral fellow at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London

Dr Kieran Mitton

Senior Lecturer in International Relations, co-Chair Africa Research Group, War Studies Department, King's College London

Kieran's research has examined the causes and shaping dynamics of extreme violence during conflict, with a particular focus upon the role of emotions and psychology at both individual and group level.

Dr Laura Gibson

Lecturer, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Laura's research interests include: decolonisation, digitisation, cultural heritage, and sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Peter Chonka

Lecturer in Global Digital Cultures, King's College London

Peter is a lecture in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's. Hehas previously taught in the fields of African Politics and Development Studies at SOAS and Birkbeck (University of London).

Dr Brian Hracs

Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Southampton

Brian is interested in the iterative relationship between markets, technology and space. In particular, he focuses on key questions in economic geography related to entrepreneurship in the creative economy, the mobility of ‘talent', the relationships between physical and virtual spaces, intermediation and the mechanisms through which distinction and value(s) are created and communicated.

Dr Eka Ikpe

Senior Lecturer in Development Economics in Africa, ALC, King's College London

Eka Ikpe is a Senior Lecturer in Development Economics in Africa at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. She teaches and has researched and written on a range of issues in development economics and security and development. Her research has been funded by the EPSRC, ESRC, Carnegie Corporation of New York and IDRC. Eka has commented on development, peace and security in Africa for the BBC World News, NBBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera and Radio France International.

Dr Flavia Gasbarri

Lecturer in War Studies, Co-Chair Africa Research Group, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Flavia has extensively researched on US policy in the Rwandan genocide and in the Great Lakes region.Her research interests include: Cold War in the Third World, Post-Cold War US foreign policy, US-Africa relations, Southern Africa, Horn of Africa, African Great Lakes region, Rwandan genocide

Dr Jamie Barras

Research Associate & Technical Manager, Centre for Robotics Research, Department of Informatics, King's College London

Jamie Barras is a Research Fellow and technical manager for EU project CONPHIRMER and three other projects concerned with medicines authentication or the detection of illicit materials such as contraband drugs or buried landmines. He completed his first degree at the University of Cardiff and his PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Nokuzola Songo

MSc. Student in African Studies, University of Oxford

Nokuzola is a Mandela Washington fellow who has worked for over ten years in the social development sector in South Africa, Europe and the United States of America. Her experience ranges from youth development and forming HIV support groups to conducting research in political violence and the subsequent trauma in disenfranchised communities. She is currently enrolled at Oxford University completing an MSc in African Studies.

Abdul Mohammed

Chief of Staff and Senior Political Advisor of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan

Abdul was the founder and Executive Director of the Inter-Africa Group, a centre for dialogue on humanitarian, peace, and development issues in the Horn of Africa. Abdul has worked in various capacities for the World Council of Churches/Church World Service and served as Director of Relief and Emergencies for the Sudan Council of Churches. He has also been an advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on peace and reconciliation issues in the Horn of Africa. Over the last twenty-five years Abdul has worked in Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya.

Natasha Chilambo

Medical Student at King’s College London

Natasha Chilambo is a 4th year medical student at Kings College London. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Leadership & Development at the African Leadership Centre. Alongside her medical studies, Natasha has been involved in advocacy, activism and community organising, working mainly with people from refugee backgrounds. Her research interests are in the intersection between health, peace, security and leadership.

Ayan Mahamoud MBE

Representative of Republic of Somaliland to the UK& Commonwealth

Ayan Mahamoud has helped to organize the Hargeisa Book Festival since its founding six years ago. She is the managing director of KAYD Somali Arts and Culture, which has organized the annual Somali Week festival in London since 2007. KAYD also coordinates regular artistic and cultural events in the Horn of Africa and Europe, bringing together Somali artists and the general public.

Dr Majak Agot Atem

Former Deputy Minister of Defence, South Sudan

He was head of National Intelligence and Security Services in Southern Sudan and also former Deputy Minister of Defence, South Sudan.

Nancy Adimora

Founder of AFREADA

Nancy Adimora (Kings Alumnus) is a consultant, and the founder of AFREADA, a multimedia publishing company focused on African stories. She manages strategic partnerships as part of the TEDxEuston team, has an unhealthy obsession with calamari, and tweets @NancAdimora.

Dr Dawit Toga

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, African Leadership Centre, King’s College London

After finishing his studies at Columbia, and briefly working at the Comparative Defense Studies Program in the University, Dawit joined the African Union as Senior Political Analyst in 2005. Dawit has substantive understanding of international relations, third world in general, and African issues related to crisis management and mediation.

Dr Lilac Adhiombe Osanjo

Senior Lecturer and Director, School of the Arts and Design, University of Nairobi,

Lilac has a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. Skilled in Design Education, Entrepreneurship and Research.

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