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.
- AD3 2015 - Responding to African Humanitarian Disasters: The Role of Diaspora Actions and the Policy Implications
AD3 2015 will bring together individuals and stakeholders working in the area of humanitarian disasters and relief. This is an opportunity to discover new insights as experts come together for discussion and debate various topics.
- ECAS 6: ‘Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt’
Following on Lisbon in 2013, the Sixth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS-6) will take place in Paris 8-10 July 2015 at the Sorbonne. The principal theme of ECAS 6 is 'Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt'.
- Tanzania: Facing up to the Challenges
Wilbroad Slaa, Sectretary of CHADEMA (Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo - Party of Democracy and Progress)
- In Conversation with Graça Machel
Graça Machel will be discussing youth and education in Africa. Reception to follow.
- The New York Forum - Africa
NYFA: The leading pan-African business summit & the only one to be held in Africa in 2015