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Teaching Africa in International Studies II - 17 June 2013

May 22, 2013

Registration is now underway for the second of three linked workshops on 'Teaching Africa in International Studies', which will take place at Senate House, University of London on 17 June 2013. Registration is free, open to all, and includes lunch. Support with travel expenses may be available upon request, particularly for postgraduate students and junior scholars. However, numbers are limited so please do register ASAP. A full programme of the day's speakers and themes is given below.

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The final workshop will take place at the University of Cape Town on 26 September 2013. For details please see 

The workshops have been kindly supported by the Higher Education Academy and the BISA Working Group for Africa and International Studies. The workshops will result in an edited volume and website bringing together the insights and ideas shared. 

If you have any queries, please contact Julia Gallagher (Royal Holloway, University of London, or Karen Smith (University of Cape Town, 


Bloomsbury Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

09.30 Welcome and introduction

Studying Africa in Africa

‘The state of international studies in Nigeria’, Abdulbasit Kassim, Keele University

‘Designing and delivering international studies courses in Sierra Leone’, Michael Kargbo, University of Sierra Leone

11.15 Coffee and tea

Teaching (through) challenging topics

‘Presenting, representing and re-presenting representations: Teaching African Politics’, Laura Routley, Newcastle University

‘How Gender and African IR can enhance students’ understanding of international politics today’, Georgina Holmes, Royal Holloway, University of London

‘Teaching a controversial topic: the example of female genital cutting’, Daniela Hrzan, Humboldt-University

13.00 Lunch

Visiting and imagining Africa

‘Learning in the Palaver Hut: the ‘Africa Study Visit’ as a Teaching Tool’, David Harris and Maria Ambrozy, Bradford University

‘Using films and podcasts to teach Africa’s International Relations: a first assessment’, Marie Gibert, Nottingham Trent University

‘The challenge of teaching ‘culture’: using literature and imagination’, Julia Gallagher, Royal Holloway, University of London

15.30 Coffee and tea

Students’ roundtable (experiences of learning about Africa) and discussion

17.00 End