ASAUK NextGen2020+

“The Comforts of Home” Research Network and Mini Conference

On 25 August, the ASAUK NextGen2020+ will be hosting a mini conference on the theme “The Comforts of Home”. This initiative aims to create peer support networks for early career scholars working on topics related to various forms of care labour, including domestic work and sex work. The main aim is to support the research of individuals in the network, as well as others who were introduced to the group and who have joined the cohort by invitation. In this network, we shall read one another’s work and comment from our own regional and disciplinary perspectives, in a supportive and respectful way. The work presented to the group need not be perfect, and many of our conversations will involve methodological problems or moments of being stuck. It is a group where members are meant to grow and develop, and not necessarily to show off a perfectly formed professional self.

Ten people were chosen to take part in this mini conference, from Malawi, Benin, Kenya, Nigeria and the USA. The group will receive comments and mentoring from Professor Saheed Aderinto, Professor Solomon Waliaula and Professor Luise White.


Nigerian Campus Forms

Throughout August, ASAUKNextGen2020+ will be hosting regular drop-in sessions for scholars engaged in cutting edge research on university life across Nigeria, paying attention not only to the metropolitan universities but also to private universities, faith-based universities and provincial or smaller universities.  If you are interested in taking part, please email


From Ogunde’s Bread and Bullet, to #EndSARS: Nigerian artists’ creative responses to current events


As the Lagos Studies Association conference for this year enters its final day, we send you here information about an event co-hosted by Lagos Studies Association and the ASAUK. ASAUK runs a range of free events for early career scholars under their ASAUKNextGen2020+ programme. The upcoming conversation on 3 July is organised in conjunction with the Lagos Studies Association and Illuminate Theatre company, and we shall be discussing the use of various cultural art forms for activist purposes.

In the past significant attention has been paid to music as an instrument of resistance. Tejumola Olaniyan in his canonical work Arrest the Music documents, among others themes, how Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s social activism shaped popular consciousness. We hope to use this work as a starting point for our conversation, and to refer also to the work of the Nigerian actor and playwright Hubert Ogunde. We use as example his theatre piece Bread and Bullet which portrays the colonial violence on workers at the Enugu Colliery in Nigeria. Contemporary theatre practitioners like Illuminate Theatre and Crown Troupe use their own works to comment on social justice and current affairs; we have invited this creative collective to engage with scholars and to share with us their insights and knowledge.

The conversation will be chaired by Carli Coetzee, and discussion will be led by Rosemary Popoola and Folakemi Ogungbe. Members of Crown Troupe will address us and talk about how their troupe generates new creative material in response to political and social events. Illuminate Theatre are: Enechukwu Emmanuel Uche, Olowu Busayo and Ojudun Taiwo Jacob.

You can see a link to their theatre company’s web site here:

Everyone welcome!

Topic: Meeting with Rosemary Popoola, Folakemi Ogungbe, and Illuminate Thearte


Journal publishing on the African continent

On June 10 at 9 am Accra/10 am Lagos/11 am Johannesburg/12 am Dar es Salaam, join ASAUKNextGen2020+ in collaboration with #JournalWorkAcademy,

@AfricaJacs and @divinefuh to talk about the issues to consider before starting a new journal at your institution.
The most important issue, @AfricaJacs  will argue, is sustainability. If you want to take part, please email for the zoom code. (Apologies to those west of Dakar, the morning time was chosen in response to internet patterns and reception quality).


Work and wage labour

The ASAUKNextGen2020+ was on Saturday 5 June at 10 am in London and Lagos, 9 am in Accra, 12 midday in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, 5 pm in Beijing; and continued the International Workers’ Day conversation.

Scholarship on youth across Africa pays a great deal of attention to dreams of material wealth, and scams and bluffs to seem or become wealthy. What alternative dreams are there outside the celebration of consumption; beyond the shiny mall, designer shoes, cars, gold and diamonds? What forms of labour and community-making are created and endure amidst precarity? How do we make meaning, every day, beyond and outside wage labour? We are “NextGen” but we are also interested in what an older generation do to make the world every day. One of the inspirations behind this conversation is the work done by Crown Troupe of Africa and Illuminate Theatre, and we hope to have a member of the troupe talk to us about the labour practices and meaning-making work of their work space called The Lab.

If you are interested in taking part in this Saturday morning conversation about the differences between work and wage labour, and between consumer dreams and dreams of communities please email for the zoom link.


International Workers’ Day

On International Workers’ Day (aka May Day in certain regions), ASAUK Next Generation 2020+ hosted a conversation around representations of workers in popular culture and the media. The conversation took place online between 10 and 12 midday London and Lagos time. Across Africa, 1 May is recognised as Workers’ Day or Labour Day, and in many locations workers gather to celebrate their labour unions, labour organisations often wearing uniforms identifying their trades or occupations.  Recently scholarship on labour has prominently featured ideas around boredom, waithood, and lack of opportunities to enter the labour market. In this session we invite participants to discuss projects that aim to celebrate (or complicate) and document labour and labourers, across media and modes. What forms are taken by the popular culture of labour movements and labour unions across occupations as diverse as barbershop workers, domestic labourers and market seamstresses, and what are the expressive forms deployed by labour movements and trade union associations?


Gallery tour by Prof Joseph Oduro-Frimpong

The @ASAUK_News #NextGeneration2020+ initiative kicks off with a gallery tour by Prof Joseph Oduro-Frimpong, founder and director of the Centre for African Popular Cultural Studies at Ashesi University in Ghana He discusses his private collection of barber shop signs and hand painted movie posters exhibited at the Nubuke Foundation in Accra. Watch the video he made for us on the ASAUK YouTube channel: