School of Women and Gender Studies

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CHUSS Seminar: CAPITALISM and MORAL CHANGE

Title: Capitalism and Moral Change: the Genesis of Uganda’s contemporary moral-Economic Order

Seminar Brief:


Capitalism and moral change: the genesis of Uganda’s contemporary moral-economic order by Jörg Wiegratz (Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development, University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies)

In this seminar, Jörg Wiegratz introduces some of the main arguments and findings of his new book on the relationship between neoliberal reform, moral-economic change and economic fraud in of the key exemplars of neoliberalism in Africa, Uganda. The book offers a fresh take on a major question of a debate that has gripped not just countries in Africa but around the world: what explains the rise in economic fraud in so many societies around the world?  Wiegratz argues that the current age of fraud is an outcome of not only political-economic but also moral transformations that have taken place in societies reshaped by neoliberalism. Using the case of Uganda, he traces these socio-cultural and especially moral repercussions of embedding neoliberalism in a country. His work offers an in-depth, data-based take on the genesis and operation of a ‘market society’ in Uganda, and some of the major aspects of the cultural political economy (and especially the moral climate) of such a market society. Uganda offers an important case of investigation for three reasons: the high level of foreign intervention by donors, aid agencies, international organisations, NGOs and corporations that have tried to produce the first fully-fledged market society in Africa there; the country’s reputation as having adopted neoliberal reforms most extensively, and the intensification of fraud in many sectors of the economy since the early 2000s. The talk does two things: first, it explores the rise and operation of the neoliberal moral economy and its world of hard and fraudulent practices. It analyses especially the moral-economic character of agricultural produce markets in eastern Uganda. It shows that neoliberal moral restructuring is a highly political, contested and conflict-ridden process, predominantly works via recalibrating the political-economic structure of a country, and deeply affects how people think and go about earning a living and treat others with whom they do business. Second, it offers more general reflections about the moral order and moral change in capitalist society and respective scholarly debates.

For more on the new book see here. Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the University of Leeds. He researches the political economy and moral economy of neoliberalism in Africa and elsewhere. In the past he has researched global value chains and industrial development, predominantly with an empirical focus on Uganda. He previously worked as a researcher and consultant in Uganda for UNIDO, the Government of Uganda, and the GIZ, a Resource Person at Makerere University (School of Economics), and a Visiting Scholar at the Economic Policy Research Centre, Kampala (2004–2007). He is a member of the editorial working group of Review of African Political Economy; here, he coordinates the web blog projects on Economic trickery, fraud and crime in Africa, and Capitalism in Africa. He is the author of Uganda’s Human Resource Challenge: Training, Business Culture and Economic Development (Fountain Publishers, 2009) and co-editor of Neoliberalism and the Moral Economy of Fraud (Routledge, 2016, with David Whyte), and Neoliberal Uganda (Zed, 2018, with Giuliano Martinello and Elisa Greco). He has also published articles in New Political Economy, Review of African Political Economy and Journal of Agrarian Change. See also his recent piece on Capitalist Moral Economy in Africa.

Date: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 14:00
Event Venue: 
Sch. of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall
Contact Information: 
Sarah Ssali, PhD | Email: sssali@chuss.mak.ac.ug
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Invitation to book launch: “Gender, Poverty and Social Transformation: Reflections on Fractures and Continuities in Contemporary Uganda”

The School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University has since 1999 been collaborating with The Centre for Women and Gender Research (Kvinnforsk) at the University of Tromso (UiT), The Arctic University of Norway. The research collaboration culminated into publication of the book titled: “Gender, Poverty and Social Transformation: Reflections on Fractures and Continuities in Contemporary Uganda”. The editors of the book are: Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, Dr Florence K. Muhanguzi and Prof. Josephine Ahikire of the School of Women and Gender Studies, together with Prof. Siri Gerrard from the University of Tromso in Norway.

As part of the effort to populise the knowledge generated, the School of Women and Gender Studies will launch the book on Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 in the School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall starting at 1:30pm.

You are all invited.

See programme below

Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 01:30
Event Venue: 
School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies/Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug; Ms Esther Namitala, Public Relations and Communications, Mobile: 0774879229 OR 0701289974

Invitation to Mr Kalyango Ronald Sebba’s PhD defence

The Dean School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University invites you to Mr Kalyango Ronald Sebba’s PhD defence scheduled to take place on 2nd May, 2017.

Thesis title

Returning Home: Gender and Choice among Internally Displaced Persons in Gulu District

Supervisors

1.       Assoc. Prof. Deborah Mulumba – Kyambogo University

2.       Prof. Tone Bleir – University of Tromso, Norway

Opponent

Prof. Elijah D. Mushemeza – Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara

See abstract below

Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:00
Event Venue: 
School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies/ Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug

Lecture on "Peace and Security from a Global and Sudan/Uganda Perspectives"

The University of Khartoum, Development Studies and Research Institute (Dsri) and the Women, Gender and Development Unit (Wgad) in collaboration with Isis Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) & the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University is organizing a half day lecture on "Peace and Security from a Global and Sudan/Uganda Perspectives"

The lecture is aimed at providing a learning environment on the processes that Uganda has undertaken in the development and review of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plan for Uganda. The event will bring together Sudan Women Ministers, Commissioners, civil society leaders, and the academia.

The half day lecture is scheduled to take place in the School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall, Makerere University.

Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 08:30
Event Venue: 
Conference Hall, School of Women and Gender Studies
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies/Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug/ Esther Namitala School of Women and Gender Studies/ Email: namitalaesther@gmail.com/ Mobile: 0774879229 OR 0701289974

Invitation to Ms Kebirungi Harriet's PhD defence

The Dean School of Women and Gender Studies cordially invites you to the PhD public defence of Ms Kebirungi Harriet scheduled to take place on 31st January 2017 .

Thesis title: Gender Responsiveness of Access to and Utilization of Water and Sanitation Facilities at Makerere University and University of Dar es Salaam

Supervisors

1.       Dr Consolata Kabonesa  - School of Women and Gender Studies, MAK

2.       Prof. Livingstone Luboobi - MAK

3.       Prof. Majaliwa Jackson –Gilbert Mwanjalolo – UDSM

Opponent

 Assoc. Prof. Narathius Asingwire  -Department of Social Work and Social Administration, MAK

See abstract below

Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:00
Event Venue: 
Conference Hall, School of Women and Gender Studies
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies/ Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug/Tel: +256414531484/ +256414543539

Invitation to Public Dialogue: "A Torch on the 2016 Elections: The Youth 'Dividend' and Women's Engagement"

As we join the rest of the world to celebrate the International Women's Day, the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University is due to hold the above mentioned dialogue, focused on the just concluded elections.  The dialogue seeks to create space for the youth and other stakeholders to draw out key lessons from and for youth engagement from a gender perspective.

Date: 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 02:00
Event Venue: 
Lecture Room 2, School of Women and Gender Studies
Contact Information: 
Dr Josephine Ahikire, Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug
File Attachments : 

Closing ceremony of the SWGS-Isis-WICCE outreach training programme

The School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS), College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University in partnership with Isis-Women International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) has been implementing a three-month Gender-Capacities enhancement outreach training programme.  Isis-WICCE is a feminist organisation that works with women in conflict and post conflict situations. The programme targeted enhancing the skills and knowledge of Isis-WICCE staff in Feminist and Gender analysis, research and documentation, planning and gender aware advocacy for gender responsive conflict resolution and peace building.

The training programme which was implemented in three months (June-August,2015) was part of SWGS’s outreach programme that targets creating a formidable force of intellectuals with the ability to comprehend gender dynamics, plan and advocate for gender equality from an informed position. The closing ceremony will enable participants to reflect on their critical role as actors in the women’s movement as well as commit themselves to the common cause of attaining substantive gender  equality in the country.

Details below

Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 02:00 to 04:00
Event Venue: 
School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies/Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug or Mr. Amon Mwiine/Lecturer at School of Women and Gender Studies/Email: amonmwiine@gmail.com/ Phone numbers: +256782-052407/+256701382899

Launch of the UN report on the status of women 2015/16

UN Women has released a major report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, which brings together human rights and economic policymaking to call for far-reaching changes to the global policy agenda that will transform economies and make women’s rights and equality a reality.  

Progress makes the case that the alternative economic agenda it outlines would not only create fairer societies, it would also create new sectors of employment, for instance in the care economy.

The report is being published as the international community comes together to define a transformative new agenda for sustainable development, 20 years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, which set out an ambitious agenda to advance gender equality.

Through solid, in-depth analysis and data, this evidence-based report provides ten key recommendations for actions that governments and others can take in order to move towards an economy that truly works for women, to the benefit of all.

Progress sets out a vision of a global economy fit for women, where they have equal access to productive resources and social protection, which provides them with sufficient income to support an adequate standard of living. 

The report informs a great part of the School of Women and Gender Studies curriculum and will guide future course reviews and design of new courses that are best geared towards the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It  will be launched on Friday, June 19, 2015. 

See below details on the report 

Date: 
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 08:00
Event Venue: 
Serena Hotel, Kampala
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug or Dr Tabitha Mulyampiti, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: mulyampiti@chuss.mak.ac.ug

Course review workshop for Diploma in Gender and Local Economic Development

Since 2010, the School of Women and Gender Studies has been running a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Local Economic Development (GLED) as a course that is fully incorporated in the Makerere University teaching programmes.  The course has been implemented with the assistance of a number of institutions like: the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development; the Ministry of Local Government; Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; National Gender Resource Team; UN Women; UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality; and UNCDF.

As part of the process to enhance the course, the School has put in place a GLED taskforce comprised of the Dean; Dr. May Sengendo (current Coordinator); Dr. Florence Muhanguzi and Dr. Tabitha Mulyampiti to spearhead the review.  

The School will hold a workshop to review the programme on Monday, June 15, 2015 starting at 8.30 a.m.

See details on the review process in the attachment below.

Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 08:30
Event Venue: 
Metropole Hotel, Kampala
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug; Dr Tabitha Mulyampiti, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: mulyampiti@chuss.mak.ac.ug

Public Debate on Gender Parity: Reclaiming Uganda Women’s voice on Representation

The School of Women and Gender Studies will hold a public debate on Gender Parity on 17th June, 2015 at Metropole Hotel in Kololo. The public debate will provide a forum for interaction of diverse actors - civil society, academia, politicians, government, and the private sector with the purpose of elevating the narrative on gender parity to constitute a strong vote in the public domain.

Theme: Gender Parity: Reclaiming Uganda Women’s voice on Representation

Expected panelists include; Hon. Irene Ovonji Odida- FIDA (U); Hon. Sheila Kawamara- Member UWONET; Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire- Dean, School of Women & Gender Studies; Mr. Arthur Larok- Action Aid International Uganda; Hon. Betty Amongi, Chairperson Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association (UWOPA); Ms. Zaminah Malole, Member - Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC); Dr Aramanzan Madanda, Development Consultant

Moderator: Dr Tabitha Mulyampiti, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University

 

See details on the event in the attachment below.

Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 02:00
Event Venue: 
Metropole Hotel, Kololo
Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: deangender@chuss.mak.ac.ug or Dr Tabitha Mulyampiti, School of Women and Gender Studies, Email: mulyampiti@chuss.mak.ac.ug

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