SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Africa Department PhD Students

Ying Cheng
Ying CHENG

Is Theatre Dying in Nigeria? Recycling Popular Theatre in Metropolitan Lagos

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Portia Owusu
Portia Owusu

Spectres from the Past: The Politics of 'History', Memory and Slavery in West African and African-American Literature.



Robin Steedman
Robin Steedman

Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers and the ‘Creative Hustle’: Gender and Film Production between the Local and the Transnational


Recently Awarded PhDs

2018
  • Robin Steedman Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers and the 'Creative Hustle': Gender and Film Production between the Local and the Transnational (Dr L Dovey)
2017
  • Portia Owusu Spectres from the Past: The Politics of 'History', Memory and Slavery in West African and African-American Literature (Dr K Easton)
  • Natalio Dixon Wheatley Race, Class, and Resistance in Three Caribbean Novels (Dr K Osei-Nyame)
2016
  • Kate Bolgar Smith Soundtracks of the City: Listening to the Film Music of the Black Diaspora in London and Paris (Dr L Dovey)
  • Ying Cheng Is Theatre Dying in Nigeria? Recycling Popular Theatre in Metropolitan Lagos (Dr A Oyètádé)
  • Benedetta Lanfranchi Judging Crimes Against Humanity in Acholi - A philosophical Interpretation of the Use of Acholi Traditional Justice Mechanisms in the Aftermath of the War in Northern Uganda (Dr A Rettová)
2015
  • Louisa Egbunike The Igbo Experience in the Igbo-Nigerian Novel (Dr K Osei-Nyame)
2014
  • Danielle Tran Post-apartheid Narratives of Trauma: Literary Representations of South Africa's Contemporary Traumas (Dr K Easton)
  • Mohamed Afrah Between Continuity and Innovation: Transitional Nature of Post-independence Somali Poetry and Drama 1960s - the Present (Dr F Harding)
2013
  • Yoseph Mengistu "He was anointed because he was incarnated": Cyrillo- Alexandrian Orthodoxy in the view of modern Ethiopian theologians (Prof David Appleyard) 
  • Nathalie Montlouis Lords and Empresses in and out of Babylon: The EABIC community and the dialectic of female subordination (Dr A Oyètádé)
  • Charles Pigott Voices of the Mountains: Language and Identity in Andean Song (Prof G Furniss)
  • Aïsha Schmitt Nyoyo Zimefurahika: Urban Qasida in Zanzibar (Prof G Furniss)
2012
  • Caroline Mose Hip-hop in Nairobi: Interrogating Popular Culture and Its Socio-Political Intersections in Urban Africa (Dr C Githiora)
2011
  • Anita Adam Benadiri People of Somalia with particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu (Dr M Orwin)
  • Jarmo Pikkujamsa The search for Resolution in the Tensions of Senegalese Life: Francophone African writing with special reference to the novels of Ken Bugul (Prof G Furniss) 
  • Katriina Ranne - The Image of Water in the Poetry of Euphrase Kezilahabi (Dr A Rettová)
  • Anne Schumann Danse philosophique! The Social and Political Dynamics of Zouglou Music in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 1990-2008 (Prof G Furniss)
  • Peter Nicholas A Morpho-Semantic Analysis of Persistive, Alterative and Inceptive Aspects in siSwati (Prof L Marten)
2010
  • Jean Kamdem The Dynamics of Bilingual Adult Literacy in Africa: A Case Study of Kom, Cameroon (Dr C Githiora)
2009
  • Mark Brogden The Culture of Exploration: British Expeditions to Northern Nigeria, 1822-1827 (Prof G Furniss)
2008
  • Betty Sibongile Dlamini Women and Theatre for Development in Swaziland (Dr Frances Harding)
  • Zoe Norridge Perceptions of Pain: Narratives of Hurt and Healing in Contemporary African Literature (Dr K Osei-Nyame, Jnr)
  • Anna McCormack Pronominal Agreement in the Southern Bantu Languages: From a Dynamic Syntax Perspective (Prof L Marten)
  • Serge Sagna Formal and Semantic Properties of the Gujjolaay Eegimaa (a.k.a. Banjal) Nominal Classification System (Dr F Luepke)
2007
  • Lizzy Attree The Literary Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1990–2005 (Dr K Easton)