Workshops and Seminars

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'To Know the Causes of Things'

Each academic year, the FLCA hosts a series of seminars and practical workshops for students and researchers.




The Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) explores how governance works in marginalised and conflict-affected regions. It investigates the complexity of public authority and the risks and opportunities this creates for international development and inclusive growth.

Each academic year, CPAID hosts a series of seminars with academics from across LSE, the UK and other institutions abroad to discuss how public authority relates to development.

For the 2019/20 Michaelmas term, CPAID seminars will be held on Thursdays, 12.30-2pm. Download the full Michaelmas Term programme with abstracts here.

***Please note: The rooms have been updated as of 18 October 2019.***

  • 10 October 2019 | Education Work and Leisure: How Young Men Make Sense of their Lives in Eastern Uganda? | Ben Jones, University of East Anglia
  • 17 October 2019 | The politics of saving endangered knowledges in Africa | Yirga Woldeyes, Curtin University, Australia
  • 24 October 2019 | FAW.9,04 | Industrial jobs in Ethiopia: new hopes and new conflicts? | Florian Schäfer, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 31 October 2019  | FAW.9.05 | State territorial consolidation and land conflict in North-Eastern Uganda | Matt Kandel, University of Southampton
  • 7 November 2019 | Reading week - no seminar
  • 14 November 2019 | FAW.9.04 | Interdisciplinary Research on Infrastructure in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Jo Beale, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 21 November 2019 | FAW.9.04 | An emperor without clothes: what schools can teach us about authority and rule in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | Tom de Herdt, University of Antwerp
  • 28 November 2019 | FAW.9.05 | Reflections from the Fortress Wall: From Participant Observation to Access Denial in Sudan | Mark Duffield, University of Bristol
  • 5 December 2019 | NAB.2.16 | The challenge of 'late urbanisation' in Africa | Sean Fox Bristol and Tom Goodfellow, University of Sheffield
  • 12 December 2019 | Vera Anstey Room | By Design or Chance: Negotiating the Politics of Water Provision in Goma, the DRC | Tom Kirk and Duncan Green, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Workshops for students and academic staff



Arab Media and Democracy workshop

The workshop will address the complex role of Arab news media as an institution of power-making in contested state transitions.

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, this informal event will include interventions by media experts, journalists and regulators from the region for interactive discussions to exchange experiences and share knowledge for long-term collaboration.

Date: This event has been postponed until the 2020 Michaelmas term
Speakers: Dr Fatima el Issawi, plus more tbc

Please see more information here. 

Phd academy

Young, Gifted and Black in Academia

Hosted by Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and the Phd academy

Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: TBC
Venue: Phd Academy, LSE
Speakers: TBC

Registration will open in October 2019.




International opportunities/workshops


  • Call for Particpation for Social-Science Writing workshop at Njala University, Sierra Leone. We invite applications from PhD students/ academic staff based at the London School of Economics (LSE) or the colleges of the University of Sierra Leone, Njala University (or other academic/ research institution in Sierra Leone) for a one-week writing workshop at Njala University. The workshop is specifically aimed at early career scholars, and will offer support for those with limited experience of publishing in peerreviewed journals. This workshop is a partnership between the Centre for Public Authority (LSE), Firoz Lalji Centre for the Study of Africa (LSE), Department for International Development (LSE and) RECAP (LSHTM/UoSL).  More information
  • Call for Applications for Ugandan and South Sudanese Early Career Researchers for Writing workshop. In partnership with the British Academy and University of Juba, we are seeking early career researchers from Uganda and South Sudan interested in attending a writing workshop in East Africa from the last week of July 2019. Particpants will  receive additional support to facilitate the submission of an article to an international, peer-reviewed journal by the end of November 2019.    More information  


Critical African writings reading group


Critical african reading group

This reading group will resume in the Lent term of Academic year 2019/20.

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