CUP at the ARUA Conference

Three members of the CUP team (Jane Battersby, Murray Leibbrandt and Harro von Blottnitz) attended the launch conference of  ARUA (African Research  University Alliance) in Accra, Ghana on 2-4 April 2017.


“ARUA, a partnership of research universities in Africa, was launched in early 2015 as a response to the growing challenges faced by African universities. The alliance will form a hub that supports centres of excellence in many other universities across the continent. The focus is on building indigenous research excellence to enable the continent to take control of its future and assert itself as a powerful global force.”


The conference focused on 13 strategic thematic areas identified by ARUA, including Food security, poverty and inequality, unemployment and skills development, mobility and migration, good governance, energy, and urbanization and habitable cities – all themes addressed within CUP.

CUP looks forward to seeking synergies with new partners across Africa to advance research, policy and the intersections between the two.

New CUP Paper – Duminy

James Duminy has recently published his paper “Ecologizing regions; securing food: governing scarcity, population and territory in British East and Southern Africa” in Territory, Politics, Governance.

It can be accessed here: (If you don’t have access to the journal and want a copy, please email

Abstract: “The focus is on the government of food systems in British East and Southern Africa in the mid-twentieth century, and the influence of ecological science on late colonial governmentality. The aim is to contribute to current debates emphasizing the need to uncover the political and historical specificities of territory, as well as to broaden the concept beyond its legal, political-economic and strategic features, and the bounded scale of the nation-state. It is argued that a focus on colonial problematizations of government, through the lens of food, contributes to these discussions in at least two ways: First, by producing substantive knowledge of a context under-examined in the literature on territory. Second, by contributing to the theorization of territory in broadening its ambit to include ecological knowledge and practices oriented towards the calculative political control of earth processes, and caring for various systemic relations between matter and life. Governing colonial food systems linked a range of economic and ecological problems and hence food provides a suitable lens to study the historical interrelations of biopolitical and geopolitical techniques.”