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Bristol and the Africa Charter

31 October, 2023

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Together with other key University of Bristol groups working on issues of decolonisation, Africa, anti-racism, and inclusivity in research, PARC will convene communities across the University and the City of Bristol to foster wide, open and critical engagement with the Africa Charter.

The discussions will crystallise perspectives on its relevance and implications, identify areas for further inquiry, and establish a basis for University-wide, and University-City efforts to make Bristol both a model of and a champion for the Charter’s principles and aspirations.

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What you can expect from this event

  • An introduction to the Africa Charter for Transformative Research Collaborations 
  • To explore and consider ‘Bristol’ perspectives on the Charter: from City of Bristol diaspora constituencies – and from the University’s decolonisation, Forever Africa, anti-racism, inclusive research and restorative futures work
  • To consider the University’s envisaged positioning as (i) a model of the Charter’s principles and aspirations and (ii) a champion for their wider implementation in the UK and globally, together with City of Bristol constituencies
  • A look ahead at areas for further inquiry and who will take this work forward

Among others, Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol, and the poet Dr Lawrence Hoo will be joining us for this event, co-hosted by Professor Agnes Nairn (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, University of Bristol) and Peninah Achieng-Kindberg (African Voices Forum).


31st October 2023 at the M Shed, Bristol. 

12.30 – 13.00 Arrivals, light lunch

13.00 – 13.15 Welcome and introduction

Professor Marcus Munafo, Associate PVC, Research Culture

13.15 – 13.45 Session I:  Africa Charter: meaning, ambitions and envisioned role for Bristol

Professor Isabella Aboderin
13:45 – 15:45 Session II: Africa Charter and Bristol: exploring City and UoB perspectives
Professor Leon Tikly
PoemDr Lawrence Hoo
15:45 – 16:00 Break – tea, coffee, cake
16:00 – 16:55 Session III: Toward Bristol as Charter model and champion: areas for engagement
Speakers include Vice-Chancellor Professor Evelyn Welch
16:55 – 17:00 Closing reflections and ways forward
17:00 – 17:45 Space for networking
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31 October, 2023
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M Shed
Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd,
Bristol, BS1 4RN United Kingdom
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