Event announcement: a talk by Agnes Fallah Kamara-Umunna

We are delighted that we are able to welcome Agnes Fallah Kamara-Umunna to the Centre of European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth, on Wednesday 26 November 2014. Agnes is a Liberian-born journalist, radio producer/presenter, community activist and author. After the end of the Civil War, she hosted the radio program Straight from the Heart in the capital city of Monrovia and was a statement-taker for the Liberia Truth & Reconciliation Commission. She has worked with former child soldiers and warlords, as well as their victims, in order to promote peace. She continues to volunteer for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, taking oral statements from Liberians now living in the United States. She is the author, with Emily Holland, of the book And Still Peace Did Not Come. The book chronicles her story of survival and her development from a single mother to one of the most powerful voices in Liberia’s peace and reconciliation movement. Agnes is about to return to Liberia to open the first health clinic focusing on women’s health issues. Agnes’ presentation will take place on Wednesday 26 November, 2-4pm, in Park Building 2.16. All welcome.

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Researching and teaching Francophone Africa at Portsmouth this week

It has been a great pleasure this week to welcome to the University of Portsmouth a number of guest speakers, who have contributed to our research and teaching programmes on Francophone Africa here in the Centre of European and International Studies Research (CEISR). On Tuesday 11 November, we welcomed back a familiar face, Dr. Alexander Keese, who is a lecturer at the University of Humboldt in Berlin as well as a Visiting Scholar in CEISR and has subsequently visited Portsmouth on several occasions over the past few years to present his research on Africa. On this occasion, Alex came to present a guest lecture on our second year undergraduate unit, “Guns, glory hunters and greed: European colonisation in Africa”, which is open to students in both the School of Languages and Area Studies and the School of Historical, Social and Literary Studies. Alex’s lecture explored Portuguese colonial rule in Africa, focusing particularly on the merits of studying Portuguese Africa alongside more commonly studied African colonial empires, namely the British and the French. His lecture sought to challenge some of the ‘colonial legends’ surrounding the Portuguese presence in Africa, notably the myth that Portugal had a long-term territorial presence in Africa, as well as […]

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