New podcasts explore adolescence in African contexts

Yellow circle, black silhouettes of adolescents holding hands and cheering.

This series of podcasts offers a unique opportunity to explore the question of adolescence in African contexts. Recorded over the course of 3 days in November 2019, this interdisciplinary gathering of experts from institutions across Africa and the UK held four fascinating discussions. Topics ranged from an exploration of the meeting points between narrative and adolescence, to the relationship between performance and selfhood in adolescent lives; from the role of care in adolescence to the impact of violence in the lives of young people

Listen in on the conversations here

These podcasts are part of the ongoing work of the 5-year, UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund Hub, Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents, hosted by the University of Oxford and the University of Cape Town. The podcasts were recorded during a workshop on the theme of Understanding Adolescence in African Contexts, hosted at Rhodes House in Oxford. These podcasts are part of the innovation strand of the Hub's work, which will co-ordinate further workshops over the coming years, seeking to challenge and extend the ideas that underpin research on adolescence in Africa.

Caroline Adjimi is a doctoral researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literatures in English at the University of Oxford, and a prize-winning novelist and short-story writer.

Lucie Cluver is Principal Investigator on the Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub.

Patricia Daley is Professor of the Human Geography of Africa at the University of Oxford.

Chris Desmond is a Director of the Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub

Alexandra Georgakopoulou is Professor of Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics at King’s College London

Cindi Katz is professor of Environmental Psychology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Centre.

Alude Mahali is a post-doctoral fellow/research specialist in the Human and Social Development (HSD) programme, South Africa.

Olayinka Omigbodun is the first Nigerian female professor of psychiatry. She is Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Oluwafemi Oyebode is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham.

Kopano Ratele is a Professor in the Institute of Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Heidi Stöckl is an Associate Professor at the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group and the Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre in the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Diana Walters is a lay chaplain and international heritage consultant, who has worked on establishing peace museums across East Africa.

Hermann Wittenberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at University of the Western Cape where he teaches courses in Ecocritical Writing, South African Literature and Digital Culture.