Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

‘We are the relay team': remembering Mandela


On this, the first anniversary of Mandela’s death, we repost a blog by our Co-editor Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, reflecting on the way in which Mandela has been remembered and the responsibilities that come with saluting his long walk to freedom. This post originally appeared on 8th December 2013.

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Angola – Africa’s ‘hot’ cold war

In this short video, made for the School’s History Network, Dr Miles Larmer look at America’s policies towards Angola, and explores how Angola’s war of decolonisation became a ‘local battle in the global cold war’. Miles is a University Lecturer in African History at the University of Oxford.

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Dialogue on gender: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Graça Machel, and more…

In this video Chilean President Michelle Bachelet gives the 12th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture  before engaging in a dialogue with Graca Machel and others, including  Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice, researcher Zethu Matebeni, activist Nomboniso Gasa, and others.  

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Debating media and democracy in Africa


In the final blog of our media and democracy series, our co-editor Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock tells us all about a recent Oxford seminar on media and democracy in Africa. The event was part of a new European Union funded (2.2 million Euros) research project on Media, Democracy and Conflict around the world in which researchers from […]

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South Africa at the polls, and beyond.

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog piece our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the run-up to South Africa’s polls, and the longer-term political questions that remain for citizens in South Africa. Sarah Jane is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. 

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Why the quality of democracy matters for women’s rights in democratising states

Denise Walsh

This week, we build on our successful gender and politics series by sharing two blogs that provide additional angles on key issues in the field. We start with an article by Denise Walsh, which uses the cases of Chile and South Africa to highlight the ground that women can gain by organising early and gaining […]

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The Marikana Commission of Inquiry: The rule of law in post-apartheid South Africa

In this piece, Sandra Wisner takes us to Johannesburg where she spent the year assisting the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, established as the result of one of the most violent Police acts in post-apartheid South Africa. Live video footage captured at the scene garnered international attention, leaving much for the South African Police Service to […]

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Reflecting back, looking forwards: Morten Jerven


1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest. I am an economic historian, and my work has focused on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in the very long run and in the independence period. Most recently I have done a lot of work on the histories of material progress and […]

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My first election day: The visual voices of Kenya’s 2013 elections


In this post, Martin Skrydstrup tells us about ‘My First Election Day’, a project that he conceived and directed around Kenya’s 2013 elections. As part of the project, 10 young Kenyans who were voting for the first time were given cameras and tasked with recording their election-day experiences. Martin has a PhD in cultural anthropology […]

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Preview: Property and political order in Africa

Catherine Boone(10-col)

Here at DiA, we like to keep our readers abreast of the best publications in African politics. This week we are delighted to preview a ‘must read’ from one of the discipline’s leading lights, Catherine Boone. Her new book, ‘Property and political order in Africa: Land rights and the structure of politics,’ is forthcoming from […]

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