John Lloyd Chipembere Lwanda, Glasgow/Malawi;
Where a little of Malawi meets the World in Scotland!


John Lloyd Chipembere Lwanda is a physician, social historian, researcher and writer who has lived and been educated in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Scotland. His Ph.D. was on the dynamics between culture, politics and medicine with reference to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Malawi.

John’s many research interests encompass politics, social and cultural history, interrogating the popular public sphere, the dynamic between biomedicine and traditional medicine, collecting, archiving and recording popular and traditional music, still photography and collecting Malawi artistic and craft objects, including fabrics.

Books include Kamuzu Banda of Malawi: Promise, Power and Legacy (Kachere, 2010); Music, Culture and Orature: Reading the Malawi public sphere, 1949 – 2006 (Kachere, 2008); Politics, Culture and Medicine in Malawi (Kachere, 2005).

He has contributed chapters to books, including: J. D. H. Downey (Ed) Encyclopedia of Social Movement media (Sage Publications, 2011); M. Beveridge, K. King, R. Palmer and R. Wedgewood (Eds) Reintegrating Education, skills and work in Africa: towards informal or knowledge economics? (CAS, Edinburgh University, 2005); M. Ott, M. et al. (eds) The power of the vote: Malawi’s 2004 parliamentary and presidential Elections (Kachere, 2004); E. Kalipeni, et al. (eds) HIV/AIDS in Africa: Beyond Epidemiology (Blackwell, 2004); H. Englund (ed) A democracy of chameleons: politics and culture in the new Malawi (Nordic Afrikainstitut, 2002) and ‘Malawi music – various’ (forthcoming in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World).

Papers include ‘Music Advocacy, the Media and the Malawi Political Public Sphere, 1958 – 2007’ JAMS (Journal of African Media Studies) Vol. 1 | No. 2 | December 2008; ‘The history of music in Malawi’; ‘Mother’s songs: male appropriation of women’s music in Malawi and Southern Africa’ Journal of African Cultural Studies, 16, 2, pp 119 – 142 and ‘The [in]visibility of HIV/AIDS in the Malawi public sphere, African Journal of AIDS Research 2003, 2(2): 113–126 .