MIASA offers both public lecture series as well as individual guest lectures. The MIASA Public Lecture Series are organized by Interdisciplinary Fellow Groups (IFGs) in collaboration with partner institutes at the University of Ghana. Each series is dedicated to a particular topic, which is discussed by the fellows of the individual IFGs from the point of view of their disciplines and research areas. The MIASA Public Lecture series are primarily directed to faculty, students and non-academic staff of the University of Ghana but also open to the wider public.


Academic Year 2020/21, 2nd Term:

MIASA Public Lecture Series

2021 (i)

Tuesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm (UTC) via zoom

The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) hosts a Public Lecture Series highlighting

its fellows in residence at the University of Ghana. The lectures are free and open to the public.


2 March

Andrea Cassatella

Beyond the Secular: Jacques Derrida and the Theologico-Political Complex


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5EtfuqpqjspH9XZL2rVez8EfqWPRM5OIW2P

9 March

Sybille N. Nyeck

Gender, Vulnerability and the Political Economy of Government Outsourcing in Africa


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5IscOCgpjgrEtHWk8U-i9rPsdQjTw0sC9cx

16 March

Aidas Sanogo

Land Conflicts in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire: the (In)convenient Gray Zone


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5EqduCgqjMrH9HRb9S-UmloGiKcVB5Gr_4I

30 March

Emily McGiffin

Gender and Biopolitics in the Poetry of Nontsizi Mgqwetho


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5ckceiuqz4pGNaTIl4YNqu_EMTbx2MQprI5

13 April

Louis Boakye-Yiadom

Internal Migration in Ghana: Identifying the Migrant and an Examination of Prevalence and Patterns between 2013 and 2017


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5csc-ysqj0pEtJ4XC3JJCU-cfPDDJ5EoyVy

27 April

Nontsasa Nako 

Monumental Failure: Forgetting the Victims of the Life Esidimeni Tragedy


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50scuCrpzsrE91X25Ni8NGyQcQWWDuP9Ved

18 May

Christal Spel

Rethinking Immigration Governance in the Contemporary Context of Collaboration and Integration in Africa


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5IucempqTIoHd2IQqfRWvFVUyu0Hogflm-w

25 May

Florian Stoll 

New Urbanism, New “Middle Classes” – New Policies in Africa? Some Observations from Contemporary Kenya


Please register: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5EodO-rqzosE9EXL0gFjMHNziQOyXHVEI5p



Previous Public Lecture Series:

MIASA Virtual Public Lecture Series on "The Governance of Sustainable Energy Transitions in the Global South" (IFG 4 Public Lecture Series), in collaboration with the Institute of Statistical and Economic Research (ISSER) (2020)

MIASA Public Lecture Series on "Parliaments and Democracy in Africa" (IFG 2 Lecture Series) in collaboration with the Department of Political Science (2019)

MIASA Public Lecture Series on "Migration, Mobility, and Forced Displacement" (IFG 1 Lecture Series) in collaboration with the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) (2019)