Leeds University Centre for African Studies

Keynote Speakers

Deborah Posel
is Professor of Sociology and founding director, since 2010, of the Institute for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town. She has been educated at the University of Witwatersrand and Nuffield College, Oxford, where she obtained her PhD in 1987. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and currently is Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University College London. She has written and published widely on aspects of South African politics and society, during and beyond the apartheid years, including The Making of Apartheid, 1948 - 1961 (Clarendon Press, 1991); Apartheid's Genesis (Raven and Ohio University Press, 1994), with Phil Bonner and Peter Delius; Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (WUP, 2002), with Graeme Simpson. A leading scholar of modern South Africa and the culture/history of Apartheid, her current research addresses the interconnection of consumerism and material history with race in the colonial and postcolonial setting as well as the anxieties and contradictions entailed in conceiving of consumerism in racialised terms.

Sylvia Tamale is Professor of Law at Makerere University, where she founded and coordinates the Law, Gender, and Sexuality Research Centre. She is a leading African feminist lawyer and scholar of sexuality and gender. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and a PhD in Sociology and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has been a visiting professor at several academic institutions around the world, currently at Leuven University in Belgium. Her research interests include Third world women and the law; Feminist legal theory and method; Gender and politics; and Gender and Sexuality. She has published extensively in these areas including her ground-breaking book, When Hens Begin to Crow: Gender & Parliamentary Politics in Uganda (Westview Press, 1999). Her latest publication is the edited volume, African Sexualities: A Reader (Pambazuka Press, 2011). She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2003 University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals and the 2004 Akina Mama wa Afrika Award for Human Rights Activism in Uganda.