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.
- Owusu-Ankomah in Conversation
Owusu-Ankomah & Chris Spring
In conjunction with his exhibition at October Gallery, Owusu-Ankomah will discuss his work and contemporary African art with Chris Spring (curator, Sainsbury African Galleries, British Museum)
- 'Towards a Temptation Hypothesis' - Religion and Masculinities in Africa Keynote Lecture
Prof Brad Weiss
This talk offers a heuristic assessment of certain patterns of transformation in the way that persons and subjects (and thereby “masculinity,” as one critical dimension of personhood) are rendered public in the world today.
- 50 Years of 'Arrow of God', 100 Years of Nigeria: A Celebration and an Inquest
Wangui wa Goro, Oladipo Agboluaje, Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, Mpalive Msiska Nana Ayebia, Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr, Louisa Uchum Egbunike
The organisers of the Igbo Conference in association with CAS will host in the 'Arrow of God' Symposium, which marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s novel, Arrow of God which Achebe described as 'the novel which I am most likely to be caught sitting down to read again.'
- Dammed Progress: hydropower, modernization and the politics of development in Southern Africa
A discussion about the social history of two of the most ambitious infrastructural projects in the history of colonial Africa.
- The African Roots of the New World Banjo
Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta
The Jola scholar and musician Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta presents findings from three decades of research on the relationship between the akonting and the banjo of the American south.