The Mayor of Mogadishu

A book launch by Andrew Harding (Foreign Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation)

An epic, uplifting story of one family’s journey through the violent unraveling of Somalia, and a timely exploration of what it means to lose your country and then to reclaim it.

 In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamud ‘Tarzan’ Nur - an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in Chalk Farm in north London.But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as Mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country’s revival.

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“We are at war with the Devil”: Politics of exclusion of LGBTI groups amongst conservative Christian groups in Uganda

A seminar by Dr Barbara Bompani (Centre of African Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society presents a seminar by Dr. Barbara Bompani; Associate Professor in African Development and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the School of Social and Political Science, the University of Edinburgh. The rise and political action of Pentecostal-charismatic communities have, in the past decade, impacted upon the very nature of Ugandan politics, firmly integrating morally aligned perspectives into public policy. The impact of Pentecostal discourses in the country is in particular laid bare around issues of sexuality and morality. The Anti-Pornography Act, the Marriage and Divorce Bill, and the Anti-Homosexuality Act briefly approved in December 2013 and then nullified by the The Ugandan Constitutional Court in August 2014, are intrinsic to this public moralisation and religiously driven public action. Since suffering isolation and persecution during Idi Amin’s era, Pentecostal-charismatic churches (PCCs) have grown rapidly over the past three decades.

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Internationalizing Informality: Work, Precarity and Vulnerability

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 9:30 am for 10:00 - 12:00 at the Diakonia Conference Centre, Durban

The African Centre for Migration & Society, together with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the South African Labour Bulletin (SALB) will be hosting a dialogue on Internationalizing Informality: Work, Precarity and Vulnerability.

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EU “Refugee Crisis”: Responses East and West and Beyond

A seminar by Prof Branka Likic-Brboric (REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society)

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society presents a seminar by Branka Likic-Brboric who is an Associate Professor at REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society), Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linkoping University. The presentation addresses the recent “refugee crisis” in the EU, diverging responses between “old” and “new” member states and subsequent streamlining towards deterrent migration policy, rising xenophobia and populism.

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Call for applications for a 3 year PhD bursary

Closing date 31 January 2017

The ACMS is offering a 3-year bursary for a PhD in Migration and Displacement. The successful candidate will work on a research project focusing on resilience, family studies and migration.

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