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Dr Edgar Taylor

Dr Edgar Taylor
Department of Historical Studies Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates
Postdoctoral Fellow

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I am an historian of colonial and postcolonial Uganda with research interests surrounding urban protest, social intimacy, and racial thought. I have written on topics related to postcolonial urban politics, anti-colonial movements, and archives in East Africa. I have also worked extensively with Ugandan archivists cataloguing archival collections since 2011, most recently with historical photographs at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation. Prior to joining UJ, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand.


PhD, University of Michigan, Anthropology and History (2016)

MA, Makerere University, History (2008)

BA, University of Toronto, African Studies and History (2005)


Edgar Taylor. [under review]. ‘Archival Futures in Uganda’. Africa [special issue on ‘Intellectual and Cultural Life under Conditions of Austerity’]

Edgar Taylor. [under review]. ‘Eddembe and the Politics of Freedom in Late Colonial Buganda’. In Concepts from the Global South, edited by Dilip Menon.

Edgar Taylor. 2019. ‘Affective Registers of Postcolonial Crisis: The Kampala Tank Hill Party’. Africa 89 (3).

Edgar Taylor, Ashley Rockenbach and Natalie Bond. 2014. ‘Archives and the Past: Cataloguing and Digitization in Uganda’s Archives’. In Dis/Connects: African Studies in the Digital Age, edited by Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace, 163-178. Leiden: Brill.

Edgar Taylor. 2013. ‘Claiming Kabale: Racial Thought and Urban Governance in Uganda’. Journal of Eastern African Studies 7 (1): 143-163.

Derek Peterson and Edgar Taylor. 2013. ‘Rethinking the State in Idi Amin’s Uganda: The Politics of Exhortation’. Journal of Eastern African Studies 7 (1): 58-82.

Nakanyike Musisi and Edgar Taylor. 2009. What is Critical Thinking? Kampala: Fountain Publishers.

Nakanyike Musisi and Edgar Taylor. 2009. What is Academic Writing? Kampala: Fountain Publishers.

Nakanyike Musisi and Edgar Taylor. 2009. What is Plagiarism? Kampala: Fountain Publishers.

Current Projects

Infrastructures of Exclusion: Authority and Everyday Politics in Urban Uganda (book manuscript in preparation)

The Politics of Knowledge in Ugandan Public Life (volume for James Currey, co-edited with Nakanyike Musisi, Jonathan Earle, and Kate Bruce-Lockhart)

Expulsions: Conceptualising Time and Place in Africa (special issue in preparation)