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Claude Ake Visiting Chair

January 21, 2012

This visiting chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, is a collaboration between the department and the Nordic Africa Institute. It is funded by the Swedish Government and Uppsala University to honour the memory of Professor Claude Ake, prominent African scholar, philosopher and humanist.

The Claude Ake Visiting Chair was set up in 2003 at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (DPCR), in collaboration with the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and with funding from the Swedish Government and Uppsala University. The Chair honours the memory of Professor Claude Ake, a distinguished scholar, philosopher, teacher and humanist, who died tragically in 1996. The Chair is intended for scholars who, like Claude Ake, combine a profound commitment to scholarship with a strong advocacy for social justice. The Chair is open to prominent social scientists working at African universities with problems related to war, peace, conflict resolution, human rights, democracy and development on the African continent.

This Visiting Professorship covers a period of up to 6 months and is awarded once a year. The Visiting Professor is offered a conducive environment to pursue his or her own research, while there is also opportunity for lecturing, holding seminars and contributing to ongoing research activities at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, the Nordic Africa Institute and elsewhere. The holder is expected to be based in Uppsala for the duration of the stay.

Nomination and Appointment

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute currently invite social science departments, research institutions and institutes, in Africa and elsewhere, to propose candidates for the Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2012. In particular, the nomination of female candidates is encouraged.

Nominations should be submitted not later than 31 January 2012. (Please note extended date for nominations.)

Proposed candidates should be established and internationally recognized senior scholars with professorial competence in their respective fields of expertise. Nominations are to be submitted in writing and should present the proposed researcher; his/her planned research and the motives for the nomination. There is no specific form to use. Candidates cannot nominate themselves. Nominations may come from individual scholars/colleagues, but must be supported by the institution with which the nominee is affiliated. A complete curriculum vitae, including relevant data regarding academic title, current and previous positions, research and teaching activities, publications as well as addresses, phone and fax-numbers, e-mail, etc., shall be attached to the nomination. The proposed researcher must be informed and consent to the nomination.

One representative from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (currently Professor Thomas Ohlson) and one from the Nordic Africa Institute (currently its Director Ms. Carin Norberg) decide on the appointment of the annual holder of the Claude Ake Chair. There is also an advisory committee, consisting of Professor Peter Wallensteen (Dag Hammarskjöld Professor of Peace and Conflict Research) and a previous holder of the Claude Ake Chair.


The awardee is entitled to a tax-free stipend/scholarship, currently set at SEK 30 000/month. In addition, travel and housing costs for the holder of the position, and his/her accompanying spouse/significant other, are covered by the grant.

Memorial Lecture and Publications

The holders of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair give, at the end of their stay in Uppsala, a public lecture, the ‘Claude Ake Memorial Lecture.’ The title, theme and content of the lecture is up to the holder. The assumption is that the topic of the lecture shall, in a general sense, relate to the work of Claude Ake, for example in terms of themes or issues covered, or in the theoretical or normative points of departure. The lecture is to be based on a paper prepared and made available to seminar participants and lecture audience in advance of the lecture. Since 2006, DPCR and NAI publish the papers that constitute the basis for the Memorial Lectures in the Claude Ake Memorial Paper Series (CAMP). The papers are edited at the DPCR and published jointly by the DPCR and the NAI in printed and electronic forms. In the future, the CAMP series may be opened up to contributions also from other scholars than the holders of the Visiting Chair.

Current Holder (2011)

In 2011 no Claude Ake Visiting Chair was appointed.

Previous Holders

2003: Professor L. Adele Jinadu (Nigeria); a former President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), Jinadu is Executive Director of the Centre for Advanced Social Science (CASS), in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2004: Dr. Cyril I. Obi (Nigeria); Associate Research Professor at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and Senior Research Fellow/Programme Coordinator at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala.
2005: Professor Amadu Sesay (Sierra Leone); Head of the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
2006: Professor Kwame Boafo-Arthur (Ghana); Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon.
2007: Professor Charles Villa-Vicencio (South Africa); Professor Emeritus at the University of Cape Town and Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), Cape Town.
2008: Professor Adam Azzain Mohamed (the Sudan); Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Administration and Federal Governance at the University of Khartoum, the Sudan.
2009: Professor Yashpal Tandon (Uganda); was the Executive Director of the South Centre in Geneva until February 2009. He is currently a senior advisor to the Centre. South Centre is an intergovernmental think tank of the developing countries.
2010: Dr. Yacob Arsano (Ethiopia); Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations at Addis Ababa University. He has also been serving as Dean of the College of Social Sciences at AAU since 2006.

Information and Contact Addresses

Nominations should be mailed to the following address:

Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Uppsala University
Att.: Claude Ake Visiting Chair
Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, SWEDEN

For additional information or enquiries about the Claude Ake Visiting Chair, please contact Ms. Helena Grusell or Professor Thomas Ohlson at:
Telephone: +46 18 471 76 52 or +46 18 471 23 72
Fax: +46 18 69 51 02