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.
- Yorùbá Names: How they have evolved within a century
Akin Oyètádé (SOAS)
- 'The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo' - Film Screening and Director Q&A
Yaba Badoe; Nana Ayebia Clarke; Louisa Egbunike & Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr
This film explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa's foremost woman writers - a trailblazer for an entire generation.
- Fair Trade, Fair Wage? Research evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda
Professor Christopher Cramer, Dr Deborah Johnston & Dr Carlos Oya
Chris Cramer, Deborah Johnston and Carlos Oya share their findings from Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda, a four year DFID-funded research project (2009-13).
- Africa, the Awakening Lion: A conversation with Raila Odinga
Rt Hon Raila Odinga
Former prime minister of Kenya the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga will join Phil Clarke and Chege Githiora at SOAS to discuss the African Union, and his book, ‘The Flame of Freedom’ (2013, Mountain Top Publishers).
- The 4th Annual Igbo Conference: Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood
This conference seeks to create a platform through which to engage with various conceptions of Igbo womanhood, vis-à-vis the changing position of Igbo women and the changing practises in Igbo culture.
- Centre of African Studies 50th Anniversary Lecture: Yinka Shonibare MBE RA
The Centre of African Studies is honoured to welcome the renowned artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA to deliver our annual lecture, marking the 50th anniversary of the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa.
- ECAS 6: ‘Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt’
Following on Lisbon in 2013, the Sixth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS-6) will take place in Paris 8-10 July 2015 at the Sorbonne. The principal theme of ECAS 6 is 'Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt'.