Public history

A few things that face toward a wider public: 

  • A video of a Distinguished Lecture of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, delivered in October 2016 at the  University of Minnesota. The lecture was entitled ‘Nonconformity in Africa’s Cultural History’.
  • An audio recording of a lecture at the Centre for World Christianity, Africa International University, Nairobi, in August 2017. The lecture was entitled ‘Nonconformity in African Christianity’.
  • A short video prepared by the MacArthur Foundation highlighting the elements of Peterson’s scholarly work. (See below)


  • A press release from the Judiciary of Uganda, describing Peterson’s ongoing work with students at Makerere and at Michigan to organise and preserve the archives of the Mengo Court. Mengo is the oldest ‘customary’ law court in eastern or southern Africa; its records–which concern the history of litigation in the Kingdom of Buganda–stretch back to the early 20th century. The archive was put in order and catalogued in 2019, and it will be digitised in 2021-22.
  • A podcast about the 2019-2020 exhibition ‘The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin’, discussing the logistics of the exhibition. With Uganda Museum curator Nelson Abiti. The interview was conducted by journalist Mwine-Mujagu.
  • A television interview about the 2021 Ugandan elections on ‘The Agenda’, broadcast by TVO Ontario. With Gerald Bareebe, York University and Rita Abrahamsen, University of Ottawa; interview by Nam Kiwanuka.
  • The series How to Become a Tyrant, broadcast in six episodes. Part 3: ‘Reign Through Terror’, featured Peterson’s research–and the still photographs of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, discussed elsewhere on this site.
  • The ongoing podcast ‘Real Dictators’ features a six-part series on Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, with commentary from Peterson, Nakanyike Musisi, Mark Leopold, Alicia Decker & others.
  • A press release about ‘Repositioning the Uganda Museum’, a project funded by the Mellon Foundation. The project will involve the repatriation of an important collection of ethnographic objects from the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Cambridge to the Uganda Museum in Kampala.
  • A news article from the Monitor (Uganda) about ‘Repositioning the Uganda Museum’.