Dr Richard Vokes

Richard Vokes
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

Richard Vokes is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide, and an elected Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He holds a B.A. Hons. and an M.A. with Distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. His research focuses primarily on the African Great Lakes region, especially on the societies of South-western Uganda, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork since 2000. He has published extensively on this region, including on: new religious movements, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the history of photography, media and social change, and the anthropology of development (education, governance and infrastructure). He also works on African-Australians, eLearning, and the Anthropology of Antarctica. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Curl Essay Prize, a Finalist Award in the African Studies Association’s Herskovits competition, and the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Prize. He has held the Evans-Pritchard Lectureship and two Visiting Fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford. He has secured competitive research funding from: the Australian Research Council, the British Institute in East Africa, the British Library, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA). He also conducts a wide range of consultancy and media work. He is President-Elect of the Australian Anthropological Society, Co-editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies, and Chairman of the Governing Council of Rose Park Primary School. And he has four children.

Richard's publications can be viewed at: https://adelaide.academia.edu/RVokes

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Dr Richard Vokes

Richard Vokes is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide, and an elected Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He holds a B.A. Hons. and an M.A. with Distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. His research focuses primarily on the African Great Lakes region, especially on the societies of South-western Uganda, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork since 2000. He has published extensively on this region, including on: new religious movements, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the history of photography, media and social change, and the anthropology of development (education, governance and infrastructure). He also works on African-Australians, eLearning, and the Anthropology of Antarctica. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Curl Essay Prize, a Finalist Award in the African Studies Association’s Herskovits competition, and the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Prize. He has held the Evans-Pritchard Lectureship and two Visiting Fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford. He has secured competitive research funding from: the Australian Research Council, the British Institute in East Africa, the British Library, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA). He also conducts a wide range of consultancy and media work. He is President-Elect of the Australian Anthropological Society, Co-editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies, and Chairman of the Governing Council of Rose Park Primary School. And he has four children.

Richard's publications can be viewed at: https://adelaide.academia.edu/RVokes

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Visiting Fellow All Souls College, University of Oxford
2013 Senior Lecturer in Anthropology University of Adelaide
2011 Visiting Fellow All Souls College, University of Oxford
2010 Head of Department (Anthropology) University of Canterbury
2008 Evans-Pritchard Lecturer in African Anthropology University of Oxford
2005 - 2012 Senior Lecturer in Anthropology University of Canterbury
2004 - 2005 Evans-Pritchard Junior Research Fellow St Anne's College, University of Oxford
2003 - 2004 Lecturer in Anthropology University of Oxford
2003 Lecturer (eLearning) in Anthropology University of Wales, Lampeter
2000 - 2002 Lecturer in Development Studies Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2013 UN World Summit Award United Nations
2011 Anthropology of Photography Competition, Runner-up Prize Royal Anthropological Institute
2011 Early Career Excellence in Teaching Prize University of Canterbury
2010 Early Career Excellence in Research University of Canterbury
2010 Melville J. Herskovits Finalist Award African Studies Association
2006 Human Rights Commissioner, Commendation Human Rights Commission, New Zealand
2006 Curl Essay Prize Royal Anthropological Institute
2003 Sutasoma Prize Royal Anthropological Institute
2003 Vice Chancellors' Fund Prize University of Oxford
2000 Godfrey Lienhardt Fund Award University of Oxford
1999 David Goodwin Essay Prize Eliot College, University of Canterbury
1998 Rotary Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement University of Kent

Language Competencies

Language Competency
French Can read and write
Nyankole Can read, write, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1999 - 2004 University of Oxford United Kingdom D.Phil in Social Anthropology
1998 - 1999 University of Kent at Canterbury United Kingdom M.A. with Distinction in Social Anthropology
1995 - 1998 University of Kent at Canterbury United Kingdom B.A.(Hons) First Class Honours in Social Anthropology

Journals

Date Citation
2017 Jennings,M, Brennan,J, Vokes,R, Mosley,J, 2017, Ten years of JEAS, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 11, 1, 1-2 10.1080/17531055.2017.1296639
2016 Vokes,R, Pype,K, 2016, Chronotopes of Media in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethnos, 1-10 10.1080/00141844.2016.1168467
2016 Vokes,R, 2016, Primaries, patronage, and political personalities in South-western Uganda, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 10, 4, 660-676 10.1080/17531055.2016.1278324
2016 Vokes,R, 2016, Before HIV: sexuality, fertility and mortality in East Africa, 1900-1980, AFRICA, 86, 1, 175-176 10.1017/S0001972015000844
2016 Vokes,R, 2016, Before the Call: Mobile Phones, Exchange Relations, and Social Change in South-western Uganda, Ethnos, 1-16 10.1080/00141844.2015.1133689
2016 Vokes,R, Wilkins,S, 2016, Party, patronage and coercion in the NRM’S 2016 re-election in Uganda: imposed or embedded?, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 10, 4, 581-600 10.1080/17531055.2016.1279853
2015 Vokes,R, Mills,D, 2015, 'Time for school'? School fees, savings clubs and social reciprocity in Uganda, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 9, 2, 326-342 10.1080/17531055.2015.1042627
2014 Vokes,R, 2014, The many histories of anthropology, History and Anthropology, 25, 1, 123-136 10.1080/02757206.2013.816848
2013 Vokes,R, 2013, The house unbuilt: actor-networks, social agency and the ethnography of a residence in south-western Uganda, Social Anthropology, 21, 4, 523-541 10.1111/1469-8676.12047
2013 Vokes,R, 2013, New Guinean models in the East African Highlands, Social Analysis, 57, 3, 95-113 10.3167/sa.2013.570306
2012 Vokes,R, 2012, The politics of oil in Uganda, African Affairs, 111, 443, 303-314 10.1093/afraf/ads017
2011 Vokes,R, 2011, Anti-Lord's Resistance Army offensive set for expansion in Central Africa, Global Strategic Analysis, 6, 4, 11-12
2010 Vokes,R, 2010, Reflections on a complex (and cosmopolitan) archive: postcards and photography in early colonial Uganda, c.1904–1928, History and Anthropology, 21, 4, 375-409 10.1080/02757206.2010.520888
2010 Vokes,R, 2010, Arsenal in Bugamba: the rise of English Premier League football in Uganda, Anthropology Today, 26, 3, 10-15 10.1111/j.1467-8322.2010.00735.x
2010 Banks,M, Vokes,R, 2010, Introduction: anthropology, photography and the archive, History and Anthropology, 21, 4, 337-349 10.1080/02757206.2010.522375
2009 Vokes,R, 2009, Regional armies keep up the pressure on the Lord's Resistance Army, Global Strategic Analysis, 4, 4, 33-34
2009 Vokes,R, 2009, The Kanungu Fire: Putting ghosts to rest, Focus on Africa, 21, 1, 60-61
2008 Smith,BR, Vokes,R, 2008, Introduction: haunting images, Visual Anthropology, 21, 4, 283-291 10.1080/08949460802156292
2008 Vokes,R, 2008, On ancestral self-fashioning: photography in the time of AIDS, Visual Anthropology, 21, 4, 345-363 10.1080/08949460802156383
2007 Vokes,R, 2007, Charisma, creativity, and cosmopolitanism: a perspective on the power of the new radio broadcasting in Uganda and Rwanda, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13, 4, 805-824 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2007.00458.x
2007 Vokes,R, Morris,C, Chang,S, 2007, Social Exclusion and Church in the Experiences of Korean Migrant Families in Christchurch, New Zealand., Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 4, 2, 11-31
2007 Vokes,R, 2007, Revitalization, Renewal and Conversion: Towards an Anthropology of Religious and Cultural Transformation., Reviews in Anthropology, 36, 4, 311-333
2007 Vokes,R, Morris,C, Fitzgerald,R, 2007, Mobility, Migration and Multiculturalism in New Zealand, Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 4, 2, 1-7
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, Mobile technologies transform conflict in Central Africa, Global Strategic Analysis, 1, 4, 64-66
2002 Vokes,R, 2002, The Arusha tribunal: Whose justice?, Anthropology Today, 18, 5, 1-2 10.1111/1467-8322.00127
2002 Vokes,R, 2002, Kanungu, Nyabingi and the Virgin Mary, The East African, 7, 3, 24-26

Books

Date Citation
2017 Vokes,R, Wilkins,S, 2017, The NRM Regime and the 2016 Ugandan Elections, New York: Routledge
2016 2016, Media on the Move: Ethnographies of Communication and Connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, Routledge
2012 2012, Photography in Africa: Ethnographic perspectives, Oxford: James Currey, 272-272
2010 2010, Routes and traces: Anthropology, photography and the archive, New York: Routledge
2009 Vokes,R, 2009, Ghosts of Kanungu: Fertility, secrecy and exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa, Oxford: James Currey
2008 Vokes,R, Smith,B, 2008, Haunting images: The affective power of photography, New York: Routledge
2007 Vokes,R, Morris,C, Fitzgerald,R, 2007, Mobility, migration and multiculturalism in New Zealand., Otago: Otago University Press
1999 Vokes,R, Harris,H, 1999, Experience-Rich Anthropology Project: Resource guide for teachers and students, Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, 1-98

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2016 Vokes,R, 2016, Rethinking ethnographic comparison: Persons and networks in Africa and Melanesia, Berghahn Books, New York, pp. 95-113
2015 Vokes,R, 2015, The Chairman's Photographs: The Politics of an Archive in South-western Uganda, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 95-112
2013 Vokes,R, 2013, Arsenal in Bugamba: The Rise of English Premier League Football in Uganda, Oxford: Berghahn Books, New York, pp. 294-305
2012 Vokes,R, 2012, On 'the ultimate patronage machine' Photography & substantial relations in rural South-western Uganda, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 207-228
2012 Vokes,R, 2012, Introduction, Boydell & Brewer Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 1-29
2010 Vokes,R, 2010, Dinka thought, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 303-304
2010 Vokes,R, 2010, Essentialism in African philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 348-350
2010 Vokes,R, 2010, Resistance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 288-289
2010 Vokes,R, 2010, The Chagga, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 219-221
2007 Vokes,R, 2007, (Re)constructing the Field Through Sound: Actor-networks, Ethnographic Representation and ‘Radio Elicitation’ in South-western Uganda., Oxford: Berg, Oxford, pp. 395-423
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, The contemporary art of East Africa, New York: Chelsea House
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, English-language literatures of East Africa, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 42-45
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, East African Asians, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 40-41
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, The history of television and radio in East Africa, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 102-102
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, Sculpture, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 90-93
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, Music and musical instruments in East Africa, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 78-81
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, African-language literatures, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 23-25
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, Contemporary Art in the East African region, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 34-35
2006 Vokes,R, 2006, Film and East Africa, New York: Chelsea House, pp. 76-77
2005 Vokes,R, 2005, The Kanungu Fire: Millenarianism and The Millennium in South-western Uganda, Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 301-316

Report for External Bodies

Date Citation
2011 Vokes,R, MIlls,D, 2011, Homophobia in Uganda: A briefing paper
2006 Vokes,R, Chang,S, Morris,C, 2006, Korean Migrant Families in Christchurch: Expectations and experiences

Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

Date Citation
2012 Vokes,R, Harrington-Watt,K, Carson,L; 2012; Here is Christchurch: A Family Album; The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

External Grants (Selected):

  • 2015-2018:     Australian Research Council, Discovery Project. Title: “The Social Production of Scientific Knowledge in Antarctica”.
  • 2013-2014:     British Library Endangered Archives Programme, Major Grant. Title: “The Ham Mukasa Archive”.
  • 2010-2014:     Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund, Fast-Start Award. Title: “Photographic Imaginaries in Three English Settler Societies, c. 1857-1914”.
  • 2008-2009:     British Institute in Eastern Africa, Research Grant. Title: "The Pasts and Futures of Mobile Phones in Uganda".
  • 2006-2008:     Wenner-Gren Foundation USA, Post Ph.D. Grant. Title: “The ‘Globalization’ of Pentecostal Christianity in South-western Uganda and Beyond”.
  • 2006-2007:     Families Commission of NZ, Blue Skies Research Award. Title: “Korean Migrant Families in NZ: Expectations and Experiences”.
  • 2003-2004:     Economic and Social Research Council UK, Postdoctoral Award. Title: "The Kanungu Fire in South-western Uganda".
  • 2001-2002:     Old Enfield Charitable Trust UK, Fieldwork Grant. Title: "Pentecostalism in Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC".
  • 2000-2001:     Tropical Agriculture Association UK, Training Award. Title: "The Challenges of El Nino/La Nina in Uganda".
  • 1999-2004:     Economic and Social Research Council UK, Doctoral Award. Title: "Social Inclusion and Exclusion in the African Great Lakes".
  • 1998-1999:     Economic and Social Research Council UK, Advanced Course Award. 

University of Adelaide:

  • Visual and Media Anthropology – Anthropology 2056 (2015)
  • Introduction to International Development – Development 1001 (2013-2015, 2017)
  • Rights and Development – Development 2002 (2013-2014)
  • Anthropological Theory – Honours Anthropology 4001 (2013-2014, 2017)
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork – Honours Anthropology 4002 (2017)
  • Development Studies Contested Concepts – Honours Development 4001 (2015)
  • Development Studies Theory – Honours Development 4002 (2015)

University of Canterbury:

  • The Anthropology of Politics and Power – Anthropology 202/302 (2005-2012)
  • Visual Anthropology – Anthropology 207/307 (2006-2008, 2010-2012)
  • Travel and Tourism: Inter-cultural Perspectives – Anthropology 250/350, Sociology 275/375 (2009)
  • Issues in Contemporary Anthropological Theory – Honours Anthropology 402 (2010)
  • Visual Cultures – Anthropology Honours 408 (2011-2012)
  • Global Anthropology – Honours Anthropology 408 (2006-2007, 2009)
  • Ethnography – Anthropology 301 (2007)      

University of Oxford:

  • Introduction to Anthropological Theory – Archaeology and Anthropology Honour Moderations Paper 2 (2002-2005)
  • Anthropological Analysis and Interpretation – Archaeology and Anthropology Final Honour School Paper 1 (2002-2005)
  • Cultural Representations, Beliefs and Practices – Archaeology and Anthropology Final Honour School Paper 2 (2002-2005)
  • Culture, Society and Environment – Human Sciences Prelims Paper 3 (2003-2005)        
  • Anthropological Analysis and Interpretation – Human Sciences Final Honour School Paper 5a (2003-2005)
  • Ethnology – Geography Special Subject (2004)        

University of Wales, Lampeter:

  • Death and Ritual – Anthropology Module (2003-2004)

Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda:

  • Rural Sociology for Development – Development Studies Paper 2 (2001-2002)

Current PhD Supervisions:

  • Matthew Barlow - Water Harvesting in Parseeling, India (Divisional Scholarship, Faculty of Arts)
  • Jonathan Fox - Memory, Ambition and Nationalism: An Ethnography of the Past and Future East African Railways, Kenya (Divisional Scholarship, Faculty of Arts)
  • Claire Harris - Deafness Identity and Parent Choice: How Does History and Politics Impact Parental Choice for their Deaf Children (APA Scholarship)
  • Michelle Higginbotham - Community Mobilization and Direct Democracy for Positive Social Change (Research Training Programme Stipend) 
  • Henrike Hoogenraad - A Double Engagement: Traditional Networks and Intercultural Relations of African Marriage Migrants in Australia (University of Adelaide Scholarship, International)
  • Johnny Karanicolas - Cultural and Artistic Responses to Violence and Crisis in Athens, Greece (APA Scholarship)
  • Naomi Offler - An Exploration of Collaboration: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Relationships in Ethnographic Filmmaking (APA Scholarship)
  • Rebecca Richards - Keeping Culture Alive: Aboriginal Engagements with Historical Anthropological Photographs (Julia Konig Bequest Scholarship for Indigenous Students; University of Adelaide Scholarship for Indigenous Students)

Recently Completed HDR Supervisions:

  • Victoria Ashton - The Effects of NGOs on Social Development and Rural Livelihoods in the Ngel Kyaki Region of South-eastern Nigeria
  • Kathleen Harrington-Watt - Photographs as Privileged Objects: The Role of Photography in the Home Building Practices of South Asian Immigrants to New Zealand 
  • Eva Maureau - The Negotiation of HIV Prevention Among Community HIV Educators in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Fraser McDonald - Parks, People, and Power: The Social Effects of Protecting Firest Reserves in Nigeria
  • Jane Rodeghiero - The Social Production of Loneliness Amongst Women of Refugee Background Living in Adelaide, Australia (Dean's Commendation)
  • Aline Taylor - Negotiating 'Modernity' on the Run: Migration, Age Transition and Development in a Training Camp for Female Atheletes in Arusha, Tanzania 
  • Tessa Wright - Post-Positivist Approaches to Transitional Justice: A Study of the 'Justice and Reconciliation Project' in Gulu, Uganda
  • Sarah Yanicki - A Tale of Two Suburbs: Earthquake Recovery and Civil Society in Christchurch, New Zealand
Position
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
Phone
83135895
Fax
8313 5895
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building
Room Number
1 25
Org Unit
Anthropology and Development Studies

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