ECAS 2011 - 4th European Conference on African Studies

Uppsala 15-18 June 2011

African Engagements: On Whose Terms?

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PARTICIPANTS - Academic Book Exhibition


2011 Lugard Lecture examines the African state

The International African Institute has named Professor Peter P. Ekeh (State University of New York at Buffalo) the 2011 Lugard lecturer. The lecture, to be given during the 4th European Conference on African Studies, is entitled “Basil Davidson and the Culture of the African State”. In the lecture, Peter P. Ekeh will play tribute to Basil Davidson's scholarship of the African state and at the same time examine its limitations. Peter P. Ekeh argues that Davidson misunderstood key points in the evolution of the African state, particularly the role played by Muslim Arabs in re-directing the character of the African state. The lecture attempts to offer an historical perspective on the difficulties that have plagued the history and culture of the African state.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Issa G. Shivji (Dept. of Law, University of Dar es Salaam) and Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi (Dept. of Sociology, Stony Brook University, USA) have been announced as the keynote speakers for the conference. Additionally, the International African Institute has named Professor Peter P. Ekeh (State University of New York at Buffalo) the 2011 Lugard lecturer.

Read more about Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi.

Read more about Professor Issa Shivji.

Find out more about Professor  Issa Shivji’s publications.

The theme of ECAS 4 is African Engagements: On Whose Terms?

The 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) will be convened in Uppsala on 15-18 June 2011. ECAS 2011 is co-organised by NAI and the African Studies in Europe (AEGIS).


For inquiries on the conference please contact:

The Nordic Africa Institute
ECAS 4 - Secretariat

Box 1703
S-751 47 Uppsala

Tel.: +46 18 56 22 26 or
+46 18 56 22 34
Fax: +46 18 56 22 90

ECAS countdown

In a new series on the NAI website NAI researchers are interviewed about an academic panel discussion that they will chair at the conference.
Click here to read more about ECAS countdown and to see the interviews.


AEGIS was founded in 1991 and is a network of African Studies centers in Europe. It aims to create synergies between experts and institutions. With primary emphasis on Social Sciences and Humanities, AEGIS' main goal is to improve understanding about contemporary African societies.
Read more about AEGIS here


For the organization of ECAS 4 the Nordic Africa Institute is financially supported by some external institutions. Financial contributions and sponsored cooperation have so far been secured from:

ACBF - The African Capacity Building Foundation

AEGIS - African Studies in Europe

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Sida – Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency

The Research Council of Norway

Uppsala Kommun
– City Council of Uppsala

Uppsala University

( The Swedish Research Council)

Uppsala – Venue for ECAS 2011

The historic city of Uppsala is an academic focal point in the Nordic region with two universities, a number of important libraries and several independent research institutes. For more information about Uppsala please see this slide show (requires PowerPoint).