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The History of Dictatorship: Custom, Authority, and Power in Precolonial and Colonial Uganda


Journal Name: Africa Spectrum
Main Author: Dr. Yahya Sseremba
Publications: Staff
SAGE Journals


Preface We are pleased to give you a copy of the Graduate Student Handbook, which we hope will help both new and continuing students navigate through graduate student life at Makerere University. If you are a new student we are delighted that you chose Makerere University and we hope that your graduate study at Makerere University will meet your expectations. If you are a continuing student, we hope that the coming year will be rewarding and productive.

Main Author: Professor Buyinza Mukadasi
Publications: Staff Download


This handbook is intended to help you navigate through the years of study and research that will lead to an MPhil or Ph.D. degree in Social Studies at MISR. It is hoped that these explanations and the outlining of procedures will help you in planning your studies. The Ph.D. in Social Studies typically requires 2 years of coursework followed by a year of building bibliographies, comprehensive exams, prospectus writing, and grant submissions; 1 year of dissertation research; and 1 year of dissertation write-up.

Main Author: MISR
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Slaves of State, Intellectuals of Development: A Genealogy of Development in Ethiopia.

The GENESIS of this book can be traced back to 2012 when I was taking a course in the major debate on the study of Africa at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). Anchored on the state and political subject formation on the continent, the course covers thematic issues such as the state and state formation, slavery, colonialism, nationalism, and development. Reading interdisciplinary literature, we raised critical questions. Getting the question right was the holy grail of the scholarship of political knowledge at the MISR.

Main Author: Yonas Ashine Demisse
Publications: Alumni Download
Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

Ten Years of the Doctoral Programme at MISR. A Reflection


Main Author: Mahmood Mamdani
Publications: Staff Download
Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

ISLAM IN UGANDA. The Muslim Minority, Nationalism & Political Power

This book examines the historical, political, religious, and social dynamics of Muslim minority status in Uganda, and important themes of pre- and post-colonial political community, religion and national identity. 

Main Author: Dr. Joseph Kasule
Publications: Staff
James Currey

Africa in Movement (2 contributions from MISR)

In their recent volume, Understanding Global Migration, James F . Hollifield and Neil Foley observe that the concept of a “migration state” is an ideal type, reflecting a range of ways in which states grapple with migration. In its original formulation, it referred to the liberal democratic state with policies oriented towards markets and rights.

Journal Name: African Social Research 1
Associated Authors: Balkissa Diallo,Salahadin Ali,Itah Patience Mbethki, Janina Stürner-Siovitz,Lionel Nzamba Nzamba,Nabil Ferdaoussi,Sahra Ahmed Koshin,Richard Houessou, Namhla Matshanda, Carina Tenewaa Kanbi
Main Author: Hisham Aidi, Marc Lynch, and Zachariah Mampilly
Publications: Student Download

Arbitrary States: social control and modern authoritarianism in Museveni's Uganda by Rebecca Tapscott Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021

How should one read political and historical literature on modern authoritarianism, neopatrimonialism, and state formation in Africa from a Ugandan vantage point? This is the central theoretical question that Rebecca Tapscott asks in this new study on the postcolonial state in Uganda. In eight chapters, Tapscott navigates the ‘micro-dynamics of governance in Uganda’, in which she identifies a variety of modern authoritarianism thought to be peculiar to Museveni's Uganda: ‘institutionalized arbitrariness’.

Journal Name: The Journal of Modern African Studies
Main Author: Adventino Banjwa
Publications: Student Download
Cambridge University Press

THE MISR Review No.5

Introduction to this Issue

Journal Name: The MISR Review
Associated Authors: Evarist Ngabirano, David Ngendo-Tshimba, Mary Kajumba Muhuruzi, Manuel J. Manu-Osafo, Ammel Sharon,Victoria Openifoluwa Akoleowo
Publications: Student Download
Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

BOOK: Beyond the Secular: Jacques Derrida and the Theological-Political Complex

Beyond the Secular: Jacques Derrida and the Theological-Political Complex investigates the contemporary relationship between religion and politics through a critical reading of Jacques Derrida’s political thought. Its central claim is that Derrida’s thought offers powerful resources to rethink such a relationship beyond the secular paradigm.

Main Author: Andrea Cassatella
Publications: Staff
SUNY Press