Richard Vokes is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, UK. He holds a BA (Hons) and MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, UK, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. His previous appointments have all been at the University of Oxford, and he has also taught anthropology at Mbabara University of Science of Technology, Uganda, and at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
Richard has been conducting fieldwork among the Bakiga, Banyankole and Banyarwanda of South-western Uganda since 1999. He has also conducted archival research in Uganda and the UK. His research interests include: Ethnography of the African Great Lakes region; Ethnicity, violence and political patronage; Charismatic authority and new religious movements; Visual and media anthropology (especially East African photography, and British colonial photography in general); Globalization, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism