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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Africa Department PhD Students

Recently Awarded PhDs

  • Anita Adam - Benadiri People of Somalia with particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu
  • Lizzy Attree - The Literary Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1990–2005
  • Mark Brogden - The Culture of Exploration: British Expeditions to Northern Nigeria 1822–1827
  • Yoseph Mengistu - "He was anointed because he was incarnated": Cyrillo- Alexandrian Orthodoxy in the view of modern Ethiopian theologians
  • Caroline Mose - Hip-hop in Nairobi: Interrogating Popular Culture and Its Socio-Political Intersections in Urban Africa
  • Zoë Norridge - Perceptions of Pain: Narratives of Hurt and Healing in Contemporary African Literature
  • Charles Pigott - Voices of the Mountains: Language and Identity in Andean Songs
  • Jarmo Pikkujamsa - The search for Resolution in the Tensions of Senegalese Life: Francophone African writing with special reference to the novels of Ken Bugul
  • Katriina Ranne - The Image of Water in the Poetry of Euphrase Kezilahabi
  • Aïsha Schmitt - Nyoyo Zimefurahika: Urban Qasida in Zanzibar
  • Anne Schumann - Danse philosophique! The Social and Political Dynamics of Zouglou Music in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 1990-2008
  • Betty Sibongile Dlamini - Women and Theatre for Development in Swaziland
  • Danielle Tran - Post-apartheid Narratives of Trauma: Literary Representations of South Africa's Contemporary Traumas
Kate Bolgar Smith
Kate Bolgar Smith

Soundtracks of the City: Listening to Film Music of the African Diaspora in Paris and London

Ying Cheng
Ying CHENG

The Dynamics of Theatre Practice in the ‘African’ Public Sphere: A Comparative Study of Nigerian and South African Drama since the 1970s


David Dobrovoda
David Dobrovoda

Czechoslovak-African Political Relations in the 20th Century

Louisa Uchum Egbunike
Louisa Uchum Egbunike

The Igbo Experience in the Igbo-Nigerian Novel


Benedetta Lanfranchi
Benedetta Lanfranchi

SENSUS COMMUNIS IN JUSTICE: A MORAL PARADIGM FROM AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY? Interpreting Acholi Justice Processes through African Epistemologies and Hannah Arendt's Theory of Judgement

Sara Marzagora
Sara Marzagora

Ethiopian political thought and philosophy of history (1896-1960s): pro-zämänawinnät intellectuals and the construction of alterity


Nomalanga Masina
Masina Nomalinga

Minimizing Friction: The role of private media in the mediation of Zimbabwe’s election politics in 2013

Joshua McNamara
Joshua McNamara

Small scale audiovisual production and its relationship with the development and aid sector in Nairobi: an approach toward Kenya's media environment, from the perspective of practice-based research.


Yoseph Mengistu
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The Christological Implications of the Pneumatology of Cyril of Alexandria in Orthodox Ethiopia (1607-1878)

Darryl Nel
Darryl Nel

The 'Tokoloshe' and cultural identity in post-Apartheid South Africa


Peter Nichols
Peter Nichols

A Morpho-semantic Analysis of the Persistive, Alterative and Inceptive Aspects in siSwati

Portia Owusu
Portia Owusu

Spectres from the Past: the Politics of Memory and Slavery in contemporary Ghanaian, Nigerian and African-American literature


Miriam Pahl
Miriam Pahl

Precarious Lives in the Postcolony – The Concept of the Human in Contemporary African Genre Fiction in English

Anne Schumann
Anne Schumann

Danse philosophique! The Social and Political Dynamics of Zouglou Music in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 1990-2008


Estrella Sendra Fernandez
Estrella Sendra Fernandez

Music festivals in Senegal as ‘sites of passage’. A critical analysis of the Festival of Folklore and Percussion (Fesfop) in rural Louga and Africa Fête in urban Dakar.

Christine Singer
Christine Singer

“Born Free”? Youth and Screen Media in Post-Apartheid South Africa (1994-2012)


Robin Steedman
Robin Steedman

Gendering Production/Producing Gender: An Analysis of Contemporary Kenyan Female Filmmakers