Events 2017

African security and unbridled militarization

Workshop at the Nordic Africa Institute, on new approaches to African peace and security governance. For invited participants only. More information about the workshop.

Gender and resource-related conflicts in Africa

Roundtable bringing together researchers, policymakers and development practitioners to discuss gender dynamics in resource-related conflicts in Africa. Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm. Please note: for invited participants only. Arranged by NAI and Sida. Contact:

The NAI library has compiled thematic resources on the subject of gender and resource-related conflicts in Africa.
It consists of free online sources, the library's own resources and much more!

Policy dialogue on regional economic communities and peacebuilding in the Maghreb, Sahel, and Central Africa
Rabat, Morocco

The increased role of regional organizations in conflict management, peacekeeping and peacebuilding are important features of the emerging post-Cold War system. Given the growing complexity of conflict dynamics and security
challenges in the post-Cold war world require greater cooperation and coordination among states within regions. The current waves of globalization are already provoking consensus formation and international coordination on a
regional basis.

Globalizing minority rights

The Globalizing Minority Rights project aims to develop a cosmopolitan approach to the conceptualization, justification, and implementation of minority rights, and to test this theoretical framework on three case studies: minorities in the developing world, indigenous peoples, and refugees.

September 21, 10.00-17.00: Workshop for invited participants only
September 22, 10.30- 12.30: Open session for all - welcome!

Venue: the Nordic Africa Institute, Protea conference room, Villavägen 6, Uppsala

The Globalizing Minority Rights (GMR) is an international interdisciplinary research project funded by The Research Council of Norway (NFR 259017), SAMKUL Program (2016-2020). Led by Sirkku Hellsten, senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Insitute.

Fraud and courage in the Kenya Elections
Uppsala + Facebook live

Open seminar at the Nordic Africa Institute, Villavägen 6, Uppsala.
Reflections on the campaign, procedure and aftermath of the elections in Kenya. Discussing this subject, and the preparations for the new presidential elections are Sirkku Hellsten and Anders Sjögren, senior researchers at the Nordic Africa Institute.

Francis Owakah, senior secturer in philosophy and human rights at the University of Nairobi - is unfortunately unable to participate in the event in person.But we hope that he will be able to join us via Skype.

Open for all – no need to register in advance – welcome!
For more information, see the Facebook event page, where you can also sign up (optionally) and see who else is coming!

Book launch and panel discussion
Pretoria, South Africa

'The rise of Africa’s middle class: Myths, realities and critical engagements'
The editor of the book, Henning Melber, is extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences and at the University of the Free State’s Centre for Africa Studies, as well as senior research associate at the Nordic Africa Institute. He will present a short introduction to the volume.
Venue: Seminar Room 1-09, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

Invitation to book launch- pdf opens in new window

7th European Conference on Africa Studies - ECAS
Basel, Switzerland


The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies hosts the 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS 2017. The theme is: "Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban", The conference is organised on behalf of the Research Network of African Studies Centres in Europe AEGIS.

More about the NAI participation in ECAS.

ECAS7 website (opens in new window).
Programme ECAS7.

Symposium: Enfranchising the African Diaspora
Ibadan, Nigeria

The turn of the 21st century coincided with the conceptual and experiential revolution of discourses that were previously on the margins of critical attention. In the formerly colonized societies and developing nations generally, the significance and potential of Diaspora as a discursive category took an unprecedented and decisive turn; not least because Diaspora's relevance could no longer be undermined in the rendition of development of nation states and regions. Venue: Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Seminar and book launch
Chatham House, London

"Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics", for registered participants only.
At this event, the speakers will examine the effects of including ex-militaries into electoral politics on post-war stability. They will also outline policy options for national and international peacemakers seeking to encourage transitions towards democracy. This event will launch Warlord Democrats in Africa, edited by Dr Anders Themnér and published by Zed Books.

  • Dr Anders Themnér, Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute; Editor, Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics
  • Nayanka Paquete Perdigão, Research Associate, African Leadership Centre, King’s College London
  • Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Information at the Chatham House website (opens in new window).

Open seminar - no registration and no fee

"The Past in the Present: Germany’s Colonial Genocide"
From 1904 to 1908 Germany was at war with the Ovaherero and Nama in Namibia (then German South West Africa), who resisted the colonial occupation. The mass violence and its consequences qualified as genocide. The German Foreign Ministry acknowledged this in 2015. Since then, negotiations between special representatives of the two governments seek an adequate way of coming to terms with the past. But controversies remain, not least about the representation of the agencies of the most affected communities.

Henning Melber, Senior Research Associate with the Nordic Africa Institute and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State
Andreas Eckert, Professor in African History at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a Visiting Fellow at the Swedish Institute for Advanced Study (SCAS)

Language: English
Time: Tuesday 30 May, 15:00-17:00 hrs
Venue: The Nordic Africa Institute, Villavägen 6, Uppsala

A warm welcome to everyone, no prior registration needed!

Research and policy dialogue: Africa's urban future
Helsinki, Finland

The meeting brings together policy makers, researchers, Africa specialists, local authority representatives, civil society and the private sector to raise attention to rapidly urbanising African continent, its challenges and possibilities, and to explore Nordic collaboration and engagement with Africa’s urbanisation. The conference is in form of four workshops and two key note speeches. Read more about the event and register here.

Venue: Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland

Seminarium: Burundis politiska kris - Vart är landet på väg?

I centralafrikanska republiken Burundi pågår grova människorättsbrott mot personer som påstås hota president Pierre Nkurunzizas styre. Burundis djupa kris började 2015 då presidenten tillkännagav att han skulle kandidera för en tredje period, vilket sågs som mycket kontroversiellt utifrån konstitutionen. Massiva folkliga protester mot Nkurunziza följdes av ett kuppförsök och militära sammandrabbningar. Efter kort tids internationell uppmärksamhet blev det tyst om Burundi i media.

Plats: ABF-huset, Stockholm

Anna Roxvall, journalist och författare.
Johan Persson, fotograf och journalist.
Jesper Bjarnesen, forskare vid Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala.
Samtalsledare: Beatrice Kindembe, Afrosvenskarna.


Public seminar: Regulations for Fairer Mining in African Countries
The Nordic Africa Institute

With Nneoma Veronica Nwogu, Senior Counsel at the World Bank Group and AMLA Team Lead
Chair: Patience Mususa, Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute
No registration, open to all. Welcome!
Invitation to the event

Africa Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA), aligned with the African Union’s Africa Mining Vision was set up to gather data on the legislative and regulatory context of mining in Africa. Covering 53 mining codes on the continent.
Venue: Protea conference room, The Nordic Africa Institute, Villavägen 6, Uppsala

Vi är alla Afrikaner
NAIs bibliotek, Uppsala

Välkomna att lyssna till författaren Lasse Berg som pratar om sina Kalahari-böcker från ett afrikanskt perspektiv på Nordiska Afrikainstitutets bibliotek.
Ett samarrangemang med Afrikagrupperna Uppsala. På svenska. (In Swedish.)

Seminar: Social movements, gender equality and identities in contemporary South Africa

Elina Oinas, Professor in Sociology, Helsinki University, Miles Rutendo Tanhira, Journalist, Activist, Founder / Editor of Queerstion Media, Mathabo Khau, Senior Lecturer Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Moderator: Patience Mususa, Senior researcher, the Nordic Africa Institute.

In collaboration with Uppsala Art Museum. På engelska / In English
Venue: Uppsala Art Musuem, Floor 1, Uppsala Castle

Directly after this event there is a concert with Lamine Cissokho from Senegal. More information at Uppsala Art Museum's website (opens in new window).

Seminar: Women in Africa
ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm

A seminar that hightlights the role of women in Africa. With NAI director Iina Soiri among others.
The seminar is in English, the information at the website in Swedish.

Seminarium i riksdagen

Hållbar Utveckling Afrika: med fokus på konflikt och klimat- Parlamentens ansvar

SIDA Staffan Smedby – chef Stödenheten för rättvisa och fred m fl
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet – Terje Östigård forskare, klimat
Afrikagrupperna – Gabi Björsson

Anmälan till seminariet (öppnas i nytt fönster)

Seminar: Northern Africa and the Sub-Saharan – Parallel Worlds or Pan-African Sisters?
The Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala

For invited participants only.

To face challenges like terrorism, climate change and armed conflicts, the heads of states in the African Union have frequently emphasized that Africa’s countries must act as one. But just how unified is Africa today? The Nordic Africa Institute invites you to explore this question. Critical exclusionists say that North Africa belongs to the Arab hemisphere, while inclusionary Pan-Africanists say that North Africa and the Sub-Saharan are one, and that peace and security cannot exist unless they are brought together.

More about the event here (pdf opens in new window)

Seminar: Political and human rights in Nigeria

The seminar is arranged by ABF and NAI's head of research, Victor Adetuala, participates in the panel. The seminar is in both Swedish and English. Seminariet hålls på både svenska och engelska. Read more at the ABF website (opens in new window).

Seminarium: Egypten, Tunisien och Libyen – sex år efter arabiska våren

Plats: ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm.
Arrangör: Olof Palmes internationella center och ABF Stockholm

Mikael Eriksson, forskare på NAI samt forskningsledare på FOI deltar

För sex år sedan startades den arabiska våren i Tunisien, som gav förhoppningar om en demokratisk utveckling och bättre respekt för mänskliga rättigheter, och som spreds till grannländerna. I Tunisien styr en koalitionsregering men läget är labilt. Under seminariet beskrivs och analyseras läget och utsikterna i regionen. Vilka är framtidsperspektiven?
Mer om evenemanget här (sidan öppnas i nytt fönster).


Policy Dialogue: Smallholder Farmers - The Backbone of Rural Africa

This policy dialogue, co-organised by Sida and the Nordic Africa Institute, presents research on different aspects of Africa’s rural backbone and discusses the implications.
More information at Facebook:

VENUE: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Room #19, Asante)
RSVP: No need to sign up in advance, but for security reasons you must register at the reception desk upon arrival. Breakfast and coffee will only be available on a ‘first come, first served’ principle. A more detailed programme will be posted soon.

Seminar: Food security - the corner stone of development

Welcome to a high level seminar at Scandic Park in Helsinki, Finland.

The main speakers are:

  • Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen
  • Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
  • Atakilte Beyene, The Nordic Africa Institute
  • Juha Marttila, the chairperson of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)

NAI director Iina Soiri will attend as well.

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