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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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  • African Art @ 2014
  • Charles Gore & Elsbeth Court
  • Discussion on the 16th Triennial Symposium of ACASA




  • ABG Seminar: Britain, China and Africa doing Business
  • Stephen Chan
  • Chinese investment in Africa has gained widespread attention over the last decades. The negative side of Chinese activity on the continent is an often repeated story of dubious ethical practices and an influx of Chinese labour. What is the situation now, and what role can British businesses play?

    In association with Business Council for Africa

  • Tanzania's 2012 Census: Tracking Population Growth, Internal Migration and Urbanisation
  • Hugh Wenban-Smith
  • The Tanzanian population is now 48 million.  Over 4 million live in Dar es Salaam. The growth has slowed slightly to below 3% per annum – which means that the population is doubling about every 25 years.  If the trends continue the population will reach 100 million around 2040, over half of whom will live in urban areas.