About the Lancaster African Studies Group


The African Studies Group brings together researchers and postgraduates from a range of departments at Lancaster University who have a shared interest in African Studies, broadly conceived. The group meets throughout the academic year. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Dr Charlotte Baker, c.baker@lancaster.ac.uk


Selected events

  • Sharing Research in African Studies: Interdisciplinary Conversations, March 2014
  • Fieldwork in Africa: A Postgraduate Workshop, May 2013
  • Research seminar: Illaria Gallo (Lancaster Environment Centre), ‘Local geographies of science in Malawi: from theory to practice’, February 2013
  • Research seminar: Godfred Seidu Jasaw and Nara Baslyd Begerr (University for Development Studies, Ghana) ‘Enhancing university-community relations for sustainable livelihoods in Wa, Ghana’, January 2013
  • Research seminar: Lizzy Attree (Rhodes University and University of the Western Cape), ‘The Caine Prize and Contemporary African Writing’, November 2011
  • ‘Researching and Writing Africa’ Postgraduate Study Day, May 2011
  • Research seminar: Richard Borowski (Centre for African Studies, Leeds University), ‘Challenging Stereotypes of Africa: The LUCAS Schools Africa Project’, November 2010
  • Africa: Cultural Translations Conference, May 2010


Selected Publications


Current members

Dr Foara Adhikari, PhD student, Department of European Languages and Cultures: I hold a PhD on the novels of Ahmadou Kourouma fromThe English and Foreign Languages University, India. My current research project examines the question of aesthetics in the Francophone African novel.

Dr Charlotte Baker, Department of European Languages and Cultures

My research focuses on Francophone and Anglophone African literature. I am currently researching the critical engagement of post-independence West African writers with dictatorship, collaborating on a research project on multilingualism, and developing the Albinism in Africa project which is funded by a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and the Wellcome Trust.

Matthew Farmer, PhD student, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion: My research interests are broadly concerned with the international relations between ‘the West’ and ‘the developing world,’ particularly political, social and cultural international relations. My current research centres on understanding the relationships between development aid and sexual rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sammy Gakero Gachigua, PhD student, Department of Linguistics and English Language: My research interests, which focus on Kenya, include critical discourse analysis, argumentation theory, parliamentary, media and political discourses, and political cartoons.

Zohra Mehellou, PhD student, Department of European Languages and Cultures: I am researching freedom symbols in 20th Century African and African-American Literature.

Dr Lindsey Moore, Department of English & Creative Writing: My research interests focus on North Africa (Egypt and the Maghreb) in the context of Arab literatures in English, French and translation. I also have wider reading/teaching interests in Sub-Saharan literatures.

Professor Graham Mort, Department of English and Creative Writing: My research interests focus on emergent creative writers in sub-Saharan Africa and the development of training and support systems for them.

Katharine Howell, PhD student, Lancaster Environment Centre: My work looks at the interactions of different assumptions, perceptions and materialities of gender in agricultural interventions, based on an ethnography of a rural community and its encounters with agricultural development organisations.

Margherita Lala, PhD student, Lancaster Environment Centre: I am researching Agro-voltaic systems in Tanzania from an anthropological perspective.

Dr David Reece, Department of Sociology:  I work on the role of technology in low-resource agriculture, and in the past worked at the Africa Rice Center in Benin.

Dr Saskia Vermeylen, Lancaster Environment Centre: I am interested in property relations in southern Africa. I have a particular interest in postcolonial studies and legal pluralism, the legal, cultural and political questioning of ‘indigeneity’ within the context of changing land tenure regimes, and cultural property rights in Africa.