05 Apr, 2020

Dear Colleagues, Friends,

I share this sad news along with the text of an interview with Thandika last year. Here, he sums up the lessons of a lifetime’s work.


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Thandika Mkandawire has passed on!

The upcoming Publication, Djibouti: The Politics of a Strategic State by Samson Bezabeh. It will come out in May 2020

11 Nov, 2019


Djibouti, the small Horn of Africa state, has great geopolitical significance as a result of its location, positioned along the Bab el-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden, where the maritime trade routes of three continents converge: Europe, Asia and Africa. Djibouti has become instrumental in controlling the trans-shipment of goods, particularly oil. It is also where world powers vie for control—as demonstrated by the military presence of multiple global powers, four of which (China, France, the USA and Japan) have established military bases in the country.


10 May, 2019

The Makerere Institute of Social Research launched its Interdisciplinary PhD in Social Studies in January 2012. The five-year programme entails two years of coursework and three years of dissertation research and writing. Four broad themes define the program’s intellectual focus: Political Studies, Political Economy, Historical Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies. Students specialize in one field, but take classes across all four.

MISR Organises Inaugural Meeting of the Global Supra-National Research Collaboration on ‘Decolonisation, the Disciplines and the University’, March 30-31, 2019

01 Apr, 2019

On 30-31 March 2019, MISR hosted a symposium to plan for a five-year research collaboration entitled: “Decolonisation, the Disciplines and the University”. This initiative is based on a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation and includes the University of Ghana; the American University of Beirut, Centre for the Study of Social Silences, Kolkata; the Ifriqiyya Colloquium at Columbia University, and MISR. The meeting was attended by researchers drawn from the five institutions.

PhD Public Defense

04 Feb, 2019

The Director Makerere Institute of Social Research Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, cordially invites you to the PhD Public Defence of Ms. Netsanet Gebremichael Woldesenbet scheduled to take place on Friday 15th February, 2019 at 2:15pm. at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) in Seminar Room 1.