Queen’s University is one of the most multicultural institutions of Northern Ireland. What place have Africans had in this institution, from its inception to the present? And what is their heritage today?
While Nelson Mandela has been given an honorary Degree from Queen’s University in 2008 and an African student of medicine, Prince Adedoyin, stood for the UK at the 1948 Olympics, little if anything is known about Africans at Queens.
This projects aims at charting the place, role and contribution of Africans at Queen’s University Belfast since the foundation of the institution. How many Africans have attended the University, coming from where, taking what degree, going where thereafter?
What about African lecturers? When was the first African lecturer appointed at Queen’s? Teaching what discipline? How many are they today and how have their experience changed over recent years?
Finally, how many QUB alumni have gone to Africa, doing what, with what impact?
This project will answer these questions by engaging in historical research using the university archives (student matriculation records, Human Resources Directorate, etc), doing oral interviews and a survey of African Alumni.
We plan on publishing a small report in October 2012.
Project directed by Dr Eric Morier-Genoud
This project is funded by the