Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

New Year, New Questions: Cathy Boone

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In this latest post of our ‘New Year, New Questions’ series, Professor Catherine Boone highlights the need for more subnational comparative analysis in the study of African political economy, and explains how she took up the challenge in her new book, using the entry point of rural land tenure regimes. Catherine is a Professor of Comparative […]

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African Studies Scholarships at the University of Oxford

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The African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford have recently released details of their scholarships for 2014-2015. Take a look below.

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Routledge Handbook of African Politics: now in paperback (win a copy on twitter!)

  In this blog, Andrea Scheibler tells us about the Routledge Handbook of African Politics – new in paperback – that she has edited with our Co-editor Dr Nic Cheeseman, and Prof  David Anderson. Andrea is a DPhil candidate in African History at the University of Oxford, and a member of St Hugh’s College. You […]

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Botswana: beyond the ‘miracle’

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog, our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock emphasises the need to start realistically assessing the political status quo is Botswana. Since the 1990s, the country’s political economy has been far from ‘miraculous’ – in fact, its been increasingly worrying. With allegations of political violence growing and optimistic experts estimating that the country’s diamond supplies will only […]

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Political futures and political legacies in Burkina Faso

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock looks at the political transition in Burkina Faso, and explores the role of the military in the country – past and present. She highlights the influence that Thomas Sankara, the country’s charismatic and principled former president, still has on politics today. This influence is understandable, she argues, […]

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‘We are the relay team': remembering Mandela

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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

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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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