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Adrian Browne

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Classificatory violence: difference, discipline, and (de)gradation in Uganda's northern Albertine Rift, c.1860 to c.1991 in the Department of History

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Adrian Browne specialises in African history with a particular focus on Uganda since the nineteenth century. His ESRC-funded doctoral research explored the relationship between classification, hierarchy, and violent punishment in what is now Buliisa District on the contested lacustrine periphery of the historical kingdom of Bunyoro.

Adrian’s research broadly concerns practices and institutions by which people have sought to shape the political subjectivities of others. His earlier research examined late colonial efforts to manufacture citizens in Uganda’s national parks, and he is currently developing a new project on the place of ‘political education’ – by political parties and affiliated institutions – in the relationship between Britain and Africa during the era of the Cold War and decolonisation.

Adrian holds an MA in Social and Economic History (Research Methods) from Durham University, an MSc in African Studies from Oxford University, and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds.

Before undertaking postgraduate study at Durham, he worked as a journalist and researcher focusing on energy and infrastructure in Africa, and has continued to publish on these topics.


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