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.'
- The Memory of the Crowd: Exploring the Potential of Digital Media Platforms to Re-imagine a National Narrative in Kenya
Sam Hopkins (Slum TV)
Sam Hopkins is a site-specific and media artist with acclaimed critical, public projects in Nairobi, Kenya. In this presentation and discussion with Annie Coombes, he shares his current research project 'The Memory of the Crowd', looking at the role of collective memory in representing national history.
- Dammed Progress: hydropower, modernization and the politics of development in Southern Africa
A discussion about the social history of one of the most ambitious infrastructural projects in the history of colonial Africa: the Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique, which still provides electricity for mining and industrial sectors in the region. The talk contrasts the conflicts over the long-term benefits and impacts of development projects.
- ABG Seminar: Cutting Edge Community Based Tourism in East Africa
Dr Mulugeta Feseha; Minister of Tourism, Ethiopia; His Excellency Ambassador Berhanu Kebede; Jacinta Nzokia; Minister of Tourism, Somaliland
The aim of the workshop is to build on the already extensive university and business links in the tourism sphere between SOAS and the tourism authorities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somaliland. The purpose is to encourage particular forms of community based tourism in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somaliland and to invite diaspora groups in the UK from the three African countries.
- 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.