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Centre of African Studies


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.

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  • 'Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gulen Movement'
  • David H. Shinn (Elliott School of International Affairs - George Washington University)
  • 'Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gulen Movement' covers the philosophy of Gulen and the educational, business, dialogue, humanitarian, and media activities of Hizmet in Africa.  It also deals with the relationship between the movement and the government of Turkey.


  • Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms. The Roots of Impermanence
  • Dr Maxim Bolt (Author -University of Birmingham), Prof. JoAnn McGregor (University of Sussex), Prof. Deborah James (LSE)
  • Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa.