Benedetta Lanfranchi

Benedetta Lanfranchi

Research Fellow

Benedetta Lanfranchi is a Research Fellow at MISR teaching Pre-Modern and Modern Social and Political Thought .
She obtained her PhD in African Philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London with a thesis on traditions of justice in Acholiland.
She then held a Postdoc at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS).
She came to MISR as a Visiting Research Fellow in 2017 and then joined as a Research Fellow in 2018.

Her research expertise is in the field of Western, African and World philosophies, with a specific focus on political theory, ethics, moral philosophy and epistemology. She has also written on aesthetics and philosophies of time.

She is currently working on new methodological approaches for research in African philosophical traditions to think deeply on the role and significance of 'fieldwork' for a theoretical discipline as philosophy, especially in contexts of communally generated and orally transmitted traditions of thought.

This research is part of her book project which she is currently developing from her doctoral dissertation, ‘Judging Crimes Against Humanity in Acholi. A Philosophical Interpretation of the Use of Acholi Traditional Justice Mechanisms in the Aftermath of the War in northern Uganda’. She is also working on co-edited volume of essays in African Philosophy.