Workshops and seminars

Discover new ideas in African research

FLIA workshops aim to improve scholarship at all levels and support career journeys at LSE and on the African continent

Each academic year, the FLIA hosts seminars and practical workshops for students, early career scholars and senior researchers. These are intended to improve scholarship at all levels and support career journeys at LSE and on the African continent. If you are interested in joining, contributing to or funding a seminar or workshop, please contact

Research seminars


CPAID seminars / Lunch & Learn

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 African partner institutions to discuss how public authority relates to development. Seminars are held on campus with online access and open to LSE staff and students.

For information on seminars in 2021/22, please contact

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Workshops for students and academic staff

Phd academy

Young, Gifted and Black in Academia

This annual workshop is aimed at Black students seeking or thinking about a career in academia. The workshop invites Black doctoral students and academics to discuss their experiences navigating academic institutions as minorities. Speakers will address how these experiences impacted their career decisions and the interplay between personal, economic and social factors – including ethnicity, overt and covert racism, and marginalisation.

The workshop is held with the LSE PhD academy in autumn. Dates for 2022 will be updated here.

International workshops opportunities

The FLIA hosts academic and writing workshops in African education institutions. These workshops develop scholarship related to international development and public authority concepts, and support early career scholars develop work for publication. If you are interested in funding or hosting a workshop with the FLIA, please contact

Previous workshops

  • Social-Science writing workshop at Njala University.
    In partnership with the University of Sierra Leone and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, CPAID’s Tim Allen, Melissa Parker, Georgina Pearson, Jonah Lipton, and Liz Storer facilitated a week-long writing workshop at Njala University. Focussed on developing articles for publication, the workshop created a space for early-career scholars from across Sierra Leone to produce work rooted in personal experience or ongoing projects.

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  • Idjwi writing workshop in partnership with the Open University.
    The workshop in July 2019 included 19 participants ranging from researchers, lecturers and graduate students to humanitarians and human rights activists. Participants came from Uganda, Burundi and the DRC, representing l'Université du Burundi, l'École Normale Supérieure, Impunity Watch, Uganda Christian University, l'Université du Lac Tanganyika and LSE. The workshop was a unique opportunity for scholars to exchange ideas and support work on published outputs while receiving mentorship from senior academics.

    The ‘Idjwi Blog Series’ produced by the workshop has spurred debates on regionalisation and decolonisation in practice.
  • Early career workshops with the British Academy

    In 2018 and 2019, Leben Moro (University of Juba, South Sudan), Grace Akello (University of Gulu, Uganda) and LSE’s Naomi Pendle hosted two British Academy-funded writing workshop processes in Kenya and Uganda. In total, over 20 early career researchers attended from Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. The second workshop prompted a range of papers on different questions surrounding public authority. Additional workshops in Uganda, run by researchers Ryan O’Byrne and Naomi Pendle in August 2019, supported new writing projects for 8-10 Uganda-based colleagues in Gulu and Moroto.

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Critical African writings reading group

Critical african reading group

This reading group is hosted by researchers at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa and open to undergraduate and postgraduate LSE students. The group is not running in 2020/21 and will look to continue in 2021/22. Details will be updated here.

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