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Edgar Taylor is a Lecturer in the Department of History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Makerere University. He holds a PhD in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan, an MA in History from Makerere University and a BA in History and African Studies from the University of Toronto. His research examines urban protest, racial politics and institutional life in twentieth-century Uganda. He has published articles in the Journal of Eastern African Studies and Comparative Studies in Society and History on topics including the affective and legal politics of decolonization and racialized citizenship as well as the dynamics of public heritage in Uganda. He has also written about histories of archival management, including a forthcoming article on risk in archival labour. He is currently writing a book, Infrastructures of Exclusion: Authority and Everyday Politics in Urban Uganda, 1959-1972, about racial populism and urban governance in the years preceding the Ugandan Asian expulsion of 1972. He is also co-editing a collected volume for James Currey, Contesting Knowledge, Publics and Institutions in Uganda, and co-editing a special journal issue for History and Anthropology entitled Expulsions: Knowledge, Memory and Materiality in Africa. He has worked with colleagues in collaboration with the Uganda National Archives, the Uganda Museum and the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation to preserve archives and public heritage. His teaching experience ranges from surveys of African social history to global cultural histories of revolutions.

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Sarah Nakijoba is a lecturer in the school of languages, literature and communication at Makerere University. She holds an MPhil in Linguistics and a PhD in General Linguistics of Stellenbosch University. Her core research interests include socio-pragmatics, contact linguistics, language education, communication and translation. In her study, she presents linguistics as a strategy in contributing to food security debates and healthy-feeding campaigns in the developing world. She sets out to document food names, analyse the pragmatics of the linguistic expressions used about food and explain how the people’s emotional involvement with food helps to preserve it.

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Dominic D.B. Makwa is a lecturer of music in the Department of Performing Arts and Film at Makerere University, Uganda. He teaches courses in ethnomusicology, popular music studies, music archiving, music video production, research methods, data analysis and report writing to both undergraduate and graduate students. He received his PhD (Music) from Stellenbosch University (South Africa). In addition to his research on integration of music, dance and ritual, music and gender, music festivals, musical communication in contexts of displacement, Dr Makwa’s new research area is music archiving. He specifically deals with repatriation of archival recordings back to communities of origin in order to document the interplay between indigenous and colonial archival practices in a manner that allows for the establishment of methodologies that can facilitate engagement of children in archiving.

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Dominica Dipio is a full professor of literature and film in the Department of Literature. She is a recipient of several distinguished fellowships and academies such as: Propaganda Fides (Rome), The East African Commonwealth, Fulbright, African Humanities Program (AHP), the Cambridge-Africa Programme for Research Excellence (CAPREx), and the Leadership Academy – HERS-SA. She has published widely and has directed films in her interdisciplinary research interests of literature, film, folklore, popular culture, audience, and gender studies. 

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Prof Rukooko hold a B.A. (Makerere University), M.A. (University of Nairobi), and PhD. (Makerere University). He has taught Philosophy and Human Rights at Makerere University since 1989 to date where he is a Professor. He was Deputy Dean and Dean, Faculty of Arts, and later, Dean, School of Liberal and Performing Arts. He co-authored a book Cultures at Crossroads: Homosexuality and Human Rights in Uganda (2017), and writing “Why the Passion to Legislate against Homosexuals? Revisiting the Anti-Homosexual Bill in Uganda (2009)”. He convened the seventh IDEA conference at Makerere University in 2006 and a conference on dreams and dreaming in Africa in February 2020.

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