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Africa: Revolution – Urban Areas – Elections

Public Lecture Series by OSI Club at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 408/2014 from Nov 24, 2014

A new lecture series at the Otto Suhr Institute of Freie Universität Berlin will focus on the political, economic, and personal opportunities for action in various African societies. Experts from Africa, Europe, and the United States will address the elections in Kenya (2013), South Africa (2014), and Nigeria (2015) from various perspectives. They will discuss the importance of elections for Africans and investigate the impact of increasing urbanization on the course of elections and results. On November 25 the esteemed professor of anthropology specialized in Africa, Georg Klute, will speak on "African Political Actors in ‘Ungoverned Spaces.’"

The lectures will take place weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through February 10, 2015 in the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität. The lecture series is being organized by the OSI Club – Verein der Freundinnen und Freunde des Otto-Suhr-Instituts e. V. The lectures are public, and admission is free. Most of them will be held in English.

Upcoming events:

November 25, 2014: “African Political Actors in ‘Ungoverned Spaces’: Towards a Theory of Heterarchy”
Prof. Dr. Georg Klute, Universität Bayreuth, Anthropology of Africa

December 9, 2014: “Inequalities against Democracy: The New South Africa through the Lens of Post-Apartheid Johannesburg”
Prof. Dr. Martin J. Murray, University of Michigan, USA, Urban planning and sociology

December 16, 2014: “South Africa: Is there a Revolutionary Future?”
Prof. Stephen Ellis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Social sciences

January 6, 2015: “A Tale of Three Hegemons: Nigeria, South Africa and France in Africa”
Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Managing Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa

January 13, 2015: “Nigeria: Demanding Accountability in a Time of Crises”
Elnathan John, Author and satirist

January 20, 2015: “What Manner of Democracy? Taking Sides in Nigeria”
Dr. Olumide Abimbola, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Coordinator of the site

January 27, 2015: „Zum Verhältnis von Demokratie- und Medienentwicklung in Afrika“
Holger Ehmke, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

February 3, 2015: "The President’s Toothbrush – Why Leadership in Africa has ceased to be inspirational”
Mildred Ngesa, Journalist, writer, founder and director of the journalistic organization, Peace Pen Communications, Kenya

February 10, 2015: "A More Perfect Democracy: Making the Lessons of History Count”
Tolu Ogunlesi, Journalist and writer

Time and Location

  • Tuesdays, 6 p.m., through February 10, 2015
  • Otto Suhr Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall A, Ihnestraße 21, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem; subway station:. Thielplatz (U3)
  • The events are open to the public and admission is free.

Further Information

  • Stefanie Hirsbrunner, Representative for Africa of the OSI Club, Freie Universität Berlin, Email: