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.
- Afrikult. Words That Travel - Storytelling
Afrikult. presents the second of the three-part series Words that Travel. Running throughout 2016, each event focuses on particular mediums and traditions of African literature with the second featuring African storytelling.
- The International Embrace of Khartoum: Causes and Consequences for Sudan, Implications for South Sudan
Prof Eric Reeves, who has published extensively on Sudan, nationally and internationally, for almost two decades, will talk about The International Embrace of Khartoum: Causes and Consequences for Sudan, Implications for South Sudan.
- Social Movements and State Fragility in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Oromo Protests and Government Responses of 2015-16
This one-day symposium explores how apparently strong state institutions eventually produce weaknesses that in turn initiate tendencies towards coercion, illegitimacy and fragility. By addressing this phenomenon historically and ethnographically the symposium intends to examine new frameworks for understanding the Ethiopian state and the changing contours of political legitimacy.
- J.D.Y.Peel: A celebration of life to the full
An event celebrating the work and life of the late J.D.Y. Peel with contributions from his close colleagues and friends.
- 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.