The Centre's activities are diverse and many. The majority of its members are lecturers of the University of London, contributing to the teaching of undergraduate and Masters degrees and the supervision of Doctoral research within the humanities, social sciences and sciences. One of the most important functions of the Centre is to act as a forum for regional and interdisciplinary co-operation within the University of London which is predominantly organised through membership of disciplinary departments. Other activities of the Centre include representation on international and national committees for African scholarship, research and understanding; establishing and supporting funded schemes for Visiting Scholars from Africa; linking academe, government, and business through meetings, workshops and conferences promoting Africanist research and understanding, and through meetings of the Africa Business Group; raising the profile of its members for interdisciplinary research and consultancy, and much more.
In pursuit of its aims, the Centre maintains a broad range of institutional liaisons with other Africanist centres in Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Commonwealth and the United States. It publishes its own briefing newsletter, African News, with a distribution of over 800 copies, three times a year. The Centre also keeps members informed of news, events and meetings on Africa throughout the year through the e-mail group mailing system run from the Centre office.
- How can we raise the standard of language learning? Insights from a Nubian Language teacher
Dr Muhammad Jalal Hashim (Khartoum University)
Dr Muhammad Jalal Hashim will argue that the revitalization of heritage languages such as Nubian is relevant to the urgent need for improved communication in Sudan.
- SOAS Centenary Lecture - How Big is Africa?
Dr Carlos Lopes (Head of UNECA - UN Economic commission for Africa)
From ‘tragedy’ to ‘African Renaissance’ to reality: what are the most important features of African economies and the continent as a whole?
- Baraza Swahili Conference at SOAS
The second annual day conference addressing any aspect of the language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy or diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world.