Introducing the BIEA

The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its research centre  with accommodation, lecture facilities, work space and reference library in Nairobi, Kenya. The Institute is a registered charity which exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa. It offers financial support , affiliation services and logistical assistance to research projects, and runs a graduate attachment scheme. The Institute publishes a regular newsletter as well as the journal Azania: archaeological research in Africa and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Membership is open to all and we would be delighted if you would join us.


Call for Papers

British Institute in Eastern Africa and Uganda Elections Research Network Workshop on Uganda’s 2021 elections

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) and Uganda Elections Research Network (UERN) are organizing a workshop on Thursday 29 July 2021 to discuss cutting edge research on Uganda’s 2021 presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.

We welcome papers on a wide range of topics around the elections. This includes, but is not limited to: analyses of state-society relations, the workings of key state and non-state institutions (including political parties, the election administration, police, judiciary, election observers, religious organizations and civil society), strategies of political mobilization, public opinion and voting behavior, political impact of COVID-19, levels of democratization, and comparative work with other countries.

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop please submit a title, an abstract (300-500 words), and short bio (maximum 200 words) to Prince Guma ([email protected]) by Friday 18 June 2021.  All presenters will be given approximately 15 minutes to discuss their paper.

Call for a PhD candidate on the theme “A History of Women’s Urban Popular Labour in Colonial Sudan (1900-1956)”

A three-year PhD scholarship is offered to a candidate willing to develop the following theme: the social history of female popular professions in urban contexts during the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium in Sudan through the lenses of vernacular, oral and photographic sources.

In the historiography of contemporary northern Sudan, women history is conspicuous for its scarcity, and all the more the history of “ordinary women”, including one fundamental aspect of women’s lives, that is labour.

The absence of women in the historiography of northern Sudan (the actual Republic of Sudan), and especially during the colonial period, is often seen as the result of two intertwined factors: the absence of sources and the absence of women in the public space as a result of female seclusion. This goes hand in hand with another common assumption: that during colonization, most women who worked for a retribution were either slaves and former slaves or came from regions that had been slave reservoirs during the 19th Century. Because of their status, they could engage in behaviours that were frowned upon by free women, such as publicly mixing with men in the workplace.

Application process:

In order to apply, please send no later than July 21st 2021:

  • your CV in English or French.
  • your Master thesis (if written in French, Spanish, Italian, English, Arabic, or any Nordic language); or otherwise, if written in another language, a 10-page summary in English.
  • your master diploma and any diploma who may support your application (language training etc.).
  • a 1 or 2-page cover letter in which you explain your motivation to research the proposed theme, in English or in French.
  • A reference letter

These documents must be sent to the following address: [email protected]

The successful candidate will be notified no later than August 15th.

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