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Upcoming Events

African Voices @ UCL

20 - 29 January 2016

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African Voices @ UCL

UCL will formally launch its African Studies Research Centre with a series of events at the end of January 2016. The events will be held under the title 'African Voices @UCL' and have been funded by UCL Grand Challenges. African Voices will emphasize our goal of co-producing knowledge about Africa with African colleagues on the continent and in the diaspora. 

Further details.

All events in the African Voices series are convened by the UCL African Studies Research Centre with support from the UCL Grand Challenges.

Transport systems and well-being in Nigeria: socio-economic development and environmental change

12.30—2.00 20 January 2016

UCL IAS Common Ground Room, South Wing, access from Main Quad

Speaker: Dr. Ibidun Adelekan, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Chair: Dr. Catherine Holloway, Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, UCL

Transport systems facilitate people’s access to economic opportunities, social services, markets, places of recreation and other services and have a key role in the economy. There are also several negative effects of transport systems on quality of life. Understanding and maximizing the potential in the nexus of transport, socio-economic development and human well being has become important to planners and policy makers in developed countries. There is need to factor in such relationship in the planning of transportation systems in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

The paper examines transport systems and human well-being nexus in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, in the context of socio-economic development and environmental change. The evolving nature of risks associated with the development of Nigeria’s transport systems in relation to the pattern of social and economic development since the commencement of large-scale exploitation of crude oil in the country is analyzed. The environmental dimension in form of climate change and increased rate of urbanization as additional stressor on transport systems is also explored. The combined effects on different dimensions of human well-being in Nigeria and specifically in urban settings are described.

It is expected that this paper will provide new insights into contextual issues of socio-economic development, environmental change, transport systems and quality of life in Africa.

Further details and registration

Heritage, marginality and hybridity in the gold fields of south-eastern Senegal

5 P.M. 22 January 2016

UCL IAS Common Ground Room, South Wing, access from Main Quad


Lecture by Dr Ibrahima Thiaw, University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar
Over the past millennia, South East Senegal has gained the reputation of an important gold mining region. Today it still lives by that reputation as it continues to attract global investments. The region of has a fascinating past through medieval times, slavery, colonialism and the recent effects of gold mining on national and regional population mobility, and on the preservation of cultural and natural resources. The effects imposed by culture and sociopolitical organisations on small-scale decentralized communities have been vast. 

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Transcending the Past and Reimagining the Future of the South African University

6.00 P.M. 25 January 2016

JZ Young Lecturer theatre (access direct from Gower Street)

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Adam Habib will discuss how, for universities to lead social change, they have to exist within a higher education system that is responsive to the diverse and multiple needs of the economy and society. Any serious analysis of the higher education system over the last two decades must confront the challenge of trade-offs among equally important, competing imperatives, and the contesting philosophies that have come to define the post-apartheid education project at South Africa’s universities.

Further details and registration

African Question Time

6.15 P.M. 26 January 2016

Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT - GOWER STREET London WC1E 6BT GB

This will be a topical discussion in which our panel of visitors from Senegal, Uganda and South Africa are posed questions by the audience at UCL and (via the miracle of technology) by students from around Africa. 

  • What are the opportunities and challenges that Africa faces in the future? 
  • What are the big current issues for higher education in Africa? 
  • What differences will it make to Africa now that half the population live in cities? 
  • What should the priorities be in African health sectors? 
  • Do traditional rulers have any role to play in African politics?"

If you have a question you would like to ask the panel please add it to the registration form, or email africanvoices@ucl.ac.uk.

Further details and registration

Launch of African Voices Photo Exhibition

7.45 P.M. 26 January 2016

South Cloisters
African Voices Photo Competition

Launch event for the “African voices @ UCL” photographic exhibition, in the company of the UCL Provost and with performance by the griot Mosi Conde.

Further details

UCL African Caribbean Society Talent Show and Cultural Gala

29 January 2016

Main Quad Marquee

Look out for tickets on the UCL African Caribbean Society website

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