Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

The news wrap in this week’s episode offers tribute to Malawian economist and thinker Thandika Mkandawire, discusses COVID-19’s economic impacts, and more.

This week’s conversation is with Peace Medie (@PeaceMedie), a Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol. Her research examines gender, politics, and conflict in Africa. During a conversation we recorded at the African Studies Association annual meeting, we talk about campaigns to end gender-based violence, writing both academic research and fiction, the ethics of research in African politics, and more. During that chat, we talk about what she found when researching her newly published book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa and we talk about her forthcoming debut novel, His Only Wife, which listeners can pre-order now. Her segment begins at 9:28.

As a content note to our listeners, our conversation touches on Peace’s research, which includes women’s reporting of sexual violence and rape to the police. … More Ep91. A conversation with Peace Medie about gender and conflict in Africa, writing research and fiction, and more

Ep31-2. Part 2 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

This is the second part of this week’s episode, when I chat with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of the Mawazo Institute, a start-up non-profit research institute in Nairobi, Kenya. You can find Part 1 here. Here is Part 2: … More Ep31-2. Part 2 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

Ep31-1. Part 1 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

This week’s conversation was great, but ran long—so I’ve broken it up into two parts. I chat with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of the Mawazo Institute, a start-up non-profit research institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

Both Mawazo founders are researchers themselves. Dr. Mutiso’s research focus is on African energy sector development. She holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her co-founder Rachel Strohm is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California Berkeley. We talked about their decision to start Mawazo and some of the structural challenges facing African women researchers. Our conversation begins at 1:45. Here is Part 1: … More Ep31-1. Part 1 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

In remembrance of the April 1994 genocide in Rwanda, we interviewed Kivu Ruhorahoza in our latest episode. We also talked about what a bad week it was for opposing presidents in Uganda and Zambia. Starting with Uganda, outspoken scholar Stella Nyanzi (@drstellanyanzi) has been arrested. She was charged with cyberharrassment and offensive communication. Her arrest followed critical … More This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more