Profiles of CAPREx Fellowship Beneficiaries
CAPREx Academic Fellows
Professor Abasi Kiyimba
(Makerere University)Research title: Gender stereotypes in the oral literature of two Ugandan communities.Research project: This project examines the reflection of power relations between men and women in oral literature as they originate from and relate to culture and tradition, resource control and political power. It focuses on the working of specific gender stereotypes, – such as those of: work, beauty, marriage, parenthood, barrenness, impotence, political leadership etc – as reflected in the literature, and how they function to influence societal processes. The aim is to consolidate and compare folklore material from several Ugandan communities, the preparing a book for publishing on the analytical findings.
Dr Christopher Warnes, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
Dr Euzobia M. Mugisha Baine
(Makerere University)Research title: From Entry to Exit: A comparative study of Internal Quality Assurance Systems in Graduate Training in Makerere University, University of Ghana and Cambridge University.
Dr Euzobia M. Mugisha Baine is working on a comparative study of Internal Quality Assurance Systems in Graduate Training in Makerere University, University of Ghana and Cambridge University. This study is aimed at exploring how various internal quality assurance mechanisms and processes of the three Universities are applied in respect of graduate education and research. The study is being conducted through interviews and documentary reviews, in close consultation with two Cambridge-based collaborators; one of which is an academic belonging to the Faculty of Education and the other a member of University Council and an academic belonging to Psychology. The results will be used to suggest ways in which current mechanisms operating at Makerere University can be extended both at Faculty/departmental and institutional levels. The assumption is that understanding the internal quality assurance systems and processes in respect of graduate training in other Universities will provide useful lessons for strengthening the quality assurance system at Makerere University.
Professor Maurice Galton, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; Dr David Good, University Council, University of Cambridge, and; Professor Nana Aba Amfo, Faculty of Arts, University of Ghana, Legon.
Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang
Deputy Vice Chancellor,
Professor Ernest Okello Ogwang is working on a research project entitled ‘The East African Literature Bureau (EALB) and the making of modern East African Literature’ which analyses the EALB as ‘colonial library’ and the 20th century emergence of modern African literature. Focusing on the EALB also broadens the scope of the study for analysis of the imperial and transnational literary transfers. Analysis of the EALB archives will especially direct attention to particular instances, actors, and enactments of colonial and postcolonial literary modernity. It illuminates some of the ways in which this involves a reworking of the civilizing mission into the imperial project of decolonization. Analysis of the EALB archives also highlights the history of the book in East Africa and for contemporary African literature.
Dr Christopher Warnes, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
CAPREx Fellows who have completed their Fellowship Visits to Cambridge:
Dr William Tayeebwa (Makerere University, Uganda)
Research title: Framing Peace: Exploring Conciliatory Radio Programming in Burundi and Uganda.
Research project: Dr William Tayeebwa is working on a research project entitled ‘Framing Peace: Exploring Conciliatory Radio Programming in Burundi and Uganda’ using the peace-journalism theoretical framework to interrogate the application of Western journalism norms and practices in the context of Uganda and Burundi. The research project contributes to the re-conceptualization of the concept of ‘peace’ and ‘peace journalism’ based on East African socio-cultural values and practices.
Collaborating with: Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.
Blog: Read Williams’s blog entries.
Photographs: See William’s photographs.
Professor Andrew Ellias State (Makerere University, Uganda)
Research title: Emergence of social protest movements and the strengthening of democratic governance in Uganda.
Research project: Professor Andrew Ellias State is working on a research project entitled ‘Emergence of social protest movements and the strengthening of democratic governance in Uganda’ investigating i) why and how were activists able to mobilize adherents to the persistent political protests that took place in Uganda in 2011; ii) what were repertoires of mobilization; iii) whether or not there was political realignment in the Uganda to warrant sustaining massive protest movement as witnessed, and; iv) whether protest movements in Uganda exhibited or even encountered violent confrontations and how such encounters fuelled or decreased the likelihood of participation.
Collaborating with: Dr Maha Abdelrahman, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge.
Blog: Read Andrew’s blog entries.
Photographs: See Andrew’s photographs.
Dr Betty Nannyonga (Makerere University)
Research title: Shortening the shadow between gender and Mathematics.
Research Project: Dr Betty Nannyonga’s project identifies important factors of needs and improvement potential in girls in the field of mathematics. It is also fostering a cooperative network between mathematics educators, parents and girls in mathematics. The project is in the process of finding out what happens in mathematics classes with equal access but unequal success in examinations.
Collaborating with: Dr Alicia Fentiman and Dr Sara Hennessy, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
Photographs: See Betty’s photographs.
Dr Umar Kakumba (Makerere University, Uganda)
Research title: Human Resources Retention in Uganda’s Local Government: Review of Policy and Institutional Mechanisms With Lessons From The British Experience.
Research project: Dr Umar Kakumba is working on a research project entitled ‘Human Resources Retention in Uganda’s Local Government: Review of Policy and Institutional Mechanisms With Lessons From The British Experience’. The study seeks to examine human resources retention practices in Uganda’s local government from the framework of existing policy and institutional arrangements, while at the same time comparing with the British systems – given that Uganda is a former British colony where major local policy regimes have largely borrowed from the British systems. The study has the following research objectives:
1.To examine the nature of local government jobs and how they have affected HR retention;
Collaborating with: Dr Shailaja Fennell, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge..
Blog: Read Umar’s blog entries.
Photographs: See Umar’s photographs.