SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Africa Department PhD Students

Ying Cheng
Ying CHENG

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

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Cristina Nicolini
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The evolution of communications in HIV / AIDS prevention – Research in South-East Tanzania

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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.

Miriam Pahl
Miriam Pahl

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


Robin Steedman
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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)