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.
- Primavera: Sokari Douglas Camp CBE in conversation with Gerard Houghton
Sokari Douglar Camp (Artist), Gerard Houghton (October Gallery)
During this event, the internationally renowned sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp CBE will be discussing her latest exhibition 'Primavera'.
- Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty
Theodore Trefon (Author, Royal Museum for Central Africa)
Telling a different story about power and nature, Congo’s Environmental Paradox examines the dynamics of this huge country’s forest, mining, land, water and oil sectors in an integrated way.
- The Nubian Languages and Culture Project
Under the auspices of SOAS’ World Languages Institute and in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies we are pleased to launch the Nubian
Languages and Culture Project for the protection, documentation and promotion of the intangible heritage of the Nubian Nile valley.
- AfNet Research Africa Day 2016 - ‘Redefining the Past, Imagining the Future’
Lioba Hirsch (UCL); Rama Dieng (SOAS); Clare Coultas (LSE); Sarah Howard (Goldsmiths)
This year’s AfNet conference - entitled ‘Redefining the Past, Imagining the Future’- works to unpack the importance of a temporal, critical and decolonial gaze on work in African contexts.
- 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.