About blog and editor

From March 2018 this blog is run in cooperation with Uppsala University Forum for Africa Studies whose mandate is, from a Swedish horizon, to strengthen higher education and research on the African continent. I will maintain my role as editor and contributor.

The main focus on blog posts published here lays on politics, conflict, peace and security on the African continent. We also interested in images of Africa; how a diverse continent is portrayed in western/northern media and the politics around it.

When I started the blog in October 2011 I saw it as a means to communicate my own research with a crowd beyond the academic one who would read my articles in journals and books. I also wanted a tool where I could present temporary research findings faster than slow-paced academic publications, and where I could be freer in form and writing. Very soon I found out that friends and colleagues felt the same needs. I extended this space to include text of theirs as well. At times strangers approached me to publish here and at times I have approached people to write something for me. A few times I have also after permission re-published texts that I found particularly interesting.

My personal research interest is conflicts/post-conflicts in West Africa in particular. I have researched and resided for several years in Liberia and Sierra Leone and followed the wars and post-war reconstructions since my first encounter with Sierra Leone in 1992. In addition to this I have written about the conflicts in Mali, CAR and Nigeria. In East Africa I have researched Somalia, with shorter stints of fieldwork in Nairobi and Dubai. For more information about this research see my Uppsala University page, or send me an e-mail: mats.utas@antro.uu.se

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