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.
- History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective - 3rd Series - Day 1
The third series of the History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective
- History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective - 3rd Series - Day 2
The third series of the History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective - Day 2
- The Origins of Nubia: Discovery of a Capital and an African City (Kerma/Dukki Gel)
Professor Charles Bonnet
The Sudanese Nubian Association and SOAS, University of London present a lecture by Professor Charles Bonnet on how new archaeological findings can shed a light on the relationships of Nubia with the kingdoms of Central Sudan and Egypt.
- 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.
- INTEGRATION, SOCIAL MOBILITY AND STATUS - DEFINING POVERTY IN LAGOS: 1851 – 1960
Dr Tunde Decker
Dr Tunde Decker will present his on-going research on Integration, social mobility and status in Lagos between 1851 and 1960.
- History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective - 3rd Series - Day 3
The third series of the History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective - Day 3
- African Influence in Reinassance Theatre and Literature: “Is Black so base a hue?”
The idea of 'Race' is a socially constructed phenomenon. In Shakespeare’s works there are ideas of difference, some of these are negative, others are positive. Attitudes towards African people in Tudor England were not habitually negative and our desire to see it as such is more to do with now and Victorian revisionism - than then.
- Forced to Flee-With millions on the move, the world must do better. But how?
Valerie Amos, Kelly Clements, Dominik Stillhart, Samina Ahmed
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), SOAS, University of London (SOAS), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Red Cross and the University of Exeter co-organised this public event on forced displacement.
- The Place of Heritage Renewal in Forging Confident Futures ‘Go back for that which you have forgotten’
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Honorary Research fellow, SOAS
The title of the talk is based on an old Akan proverb - Do not be afraid to go back for that which you have forgotten, and it encapsulate the focus of the lecture on issues around heritage, history and identity.
- BlackPoppyRose - We WILL Remember...
Come and learn more about the African/Black/Caribbean/ Pacific Islands contributions to the various War Efforts that have paved the way for the ‘cultures’ we know and understand today.
- Cultural Compounds : What is this 'New' Black in Black Popular Culture?
Panel themes cover Cultural Theory, Music, Style (with a focus on hair) and Idols and Icons.
- The Unravelling of the ANC – Municipal Election Results, Cronyism, ‘Service Delivery’ Protests, the Marikana/Lonmin Miners Massacre, FeesMustFall Students’ Movement and the formation of a New Trade Union Federation
Salim Vally will argue that understanding the political economy of racial capitalism in South Africa requires an analysis beyond the scandals centred on the President. Rather, it should involve the structural features of capital accumulation and its effects including an increase in inequality, unemployment and poverty while profit levels rises.