Aidan Stonehouse– From 2008 to 2012, Aidan Stonehouse undertook a PhD on the evolution of ethnic identity in central Uganda. Based primarily on oral history testimonies and archival research from within Uganda his thesis addresses themes of ‘peripheral identity’ and assimilation in the Kingdom of Buganda.

Vincent Hiribarren-From 2008 to 2012, Vincent undertook a PhD on the history of BornoNigeria at the University of Leeds. The exact title of his thesis was: “From a kingdom to a Nigerian state: the territory and boundaries of Borno (1810-2010)”. The main interest of his thesis was to create links between precolonial, colonial and post-colonial history for a polity mainly studied for its precolonial history until then. He sought to discover the evolving concept of a Borno political space from the nineteenth century until nowadays. This research project highlighted this distinctive spatial identity which has survived in colonial Nigeria through the historical study of transregional links in the Lake Chad area. For more details see He is now a lecturer in World History at King’s College London.

Nick Grant– Completed his PhD in March 2012 that focused on  the role played by gender in shaping black internationalism in the 1940s and 1950s. His research, based on extensive archival work in both the United States and South Africa, explores how constructions of black masculinity and femininity played a crucial role in the development of black transnational networks during the early Cold War period. For more info see


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