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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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  • 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.