SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Africa Seminar series

Series of academic seminars focusing on Africa, organised by the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London 

Mondays at 5 - 7pm in Room 4429, SOAS Russell Square College Buildings 
For more information contact: 

Angelica Baschiera at CAS: cas@soas.ac.uk Tel.: +44 (0) 20 7898 4370

Show Current events in this series

Previous Events in this series

Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty

Theodore Trefon (Author, Royal Museum for Central Africa)

Telling a different story about power and nature, Congo’s Environmental Paradox examines the dynamics of this huge country’s forest, mining, land, water and oil sectors in an integrated way.

9 May 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms. The Roots of Impermanence

Dr Maxim Bolt (Author -University of Birmingham), Prof. JoAnn McGregor (University of Sussex), Prof. Deborah James (LSE)

Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

18 April 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

HIV/AIDS in Africa - Where are we heading?

Prof Shabbar Jaffar, Dr Mohammed Salim, Dr Hamza Hassan Mohamed

Prof Shabbar Jaffar, Head of the Department of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, will speak about how HIV and AIDS are being treated in Africa, how the challenges are gradually being overcome, and what more can be done to speed this up.

14 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Electrifying and Watering Northern Nigerian Cities in the Era of British Colonial Rule, 1923-1945

Dr. Philip Akpen (University of Abuja)

In Nigeria, during the colonial period, administrative headquarters, commercial centre’s and railway terminus were all provided with either major electricity and water schemes or partial supplies. Dr Akpen's study further revealed that electricity and water supply transformed the colonial urban space and created new social and economic order.

29 February 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Book Presentation: BAD NEWS by Anjan Sundaram

Anjan Sundaram

A vivid portrait of Rwanda at an extraordinary and dangerous place in its history, Bad News is a brilliant parable on the necessity of freedom of expression and what happens when that freedom is seized.

1 February 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

BUS RAPID TRANSIT IN DAR ES SALAAM: A “BETTER CITY FOR A BETTER TIME”?

Matteo Rizzo (SOAS)

In this seminar Dr Matteo Rizzo (SOAS), will discuss the implementation of  “Dar Rapid Transit (DART)" project, a huge project to bring in state of the art bendy buses on exclusive lanes, and to relegate daladalas to the outskirts of the city.

25 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa: Imagining the End of Whiteness

Nicky Falkof

The excessive reactions to the apparent threat posed by a cult of white Satanists, never proven to exist, and to a so-called epidemic of white family murder reveal important truths about fear, violence and resistance, as well as fragmentations within the poles of white South African identity.

18 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The Political Economy of HIV: The Review of African Political Economy Special Issue Launch

Deborah Johnston (SOAS) Kevin Deane (University of Northampton) Justin Parkhurst (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

This special issues launch seeks to promote a strong critical social science response to the HIV epidemic, building on and advancing previous research that addresses the economic and social drivers of the epidemic

12 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Room 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The Humor Principle in Modern African Literature and Cinema

Maik Nwosu (University of Denver)

An examination of how the African comic imagination, which traces a path back to African folklore,  has variously manifested in modern African literature and the direct-to-video Nigerian film industry  known as Nollywood.

8 June 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Whatever Happened to the Developmental State? The Curious Incident of South Africa

Professor Ben Fine (SOAS)

In the wake of the Great Financial Crisis, GFC, the revival of support for state intervention, other than in the financial sector, has been remarkably limited and momentary. Yet, we are told that industrial policy is back on the agenda.

27 April 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Horses, mules and donkeys: neglected factors in the economic development of Africa?

William Gervase Clarence-Smith

Historians have paid some attention to horses, but essentially as machines of war and prestige, whereas donkeys, wild asses, mules and zebras have been altogether neglected. It is suggested here that equids were significant economic resources in the Sahel-Sudan Belt, the Ethiopian highlands, and the savannas of eastern and southern Africa.

23 February 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

1 December 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 116, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

24 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

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)

22 September 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Tanzania's 2012 Census: Tracking Population Growth, Internal Migration and Urbanisation

Hugh Wenban-Smith

The Tanzanian population is now 48 million.  Over 4 million live in Dar es Salaam. The growth has slowed slightly to below 3% per annum – which means that the population is doubling about every 25 years.  If the trends continue the population will reach 100 million around 2040, over half of whom will live in urban areas.  

16 June 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

African Art @ 2014

Charles Gore & Elsbeth Court

Discussion on the 16th Triennial Symposium of ACASA

28 April 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

War in Northern Uganda: Background and Effects

Vincent Oling

Vincent Oling’s paper aims to discuss the background and consequences of the war in Northern Uganda.

24 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 AM

Mental Health in Tanzania - Policy and Practice

Professor John Hall & Tina Everett

Presentation by clinical psychologist Professor John Hall and physiotherapist Tina Everett, from Oxford. 
In association with the Britain Tanzania Society

10 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Book Launch 'Gbagba' by Robtel Neajai Pailey

Gbagba is a book written by SOAS PhD candidate Robtel Neajai Pailey, and is aimed at teaching children about the concept of corruption.9 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Fabrication 2013

Dr Atta Kwami (Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge) ; chaired by Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford (CAS Research Associate)
7 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Poetics of the infra-ordinary

Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator, International Art, Supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc - Tate Modern); Chaired by Prof. John Picton (SOAS)
7 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Democracy and Media in Tanzania

Ananilea Nkya (Executive Director of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association), Ben Taylor (Daraja)
6 December 2012, Brunei Gallery, B320, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Contemporary Art in Nigeria

Dr Edewor Uyoyou Nelson (Nigeria sculptor/Leventis Visiting Fellow)
29 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Art Education in Kenya

All Tkachuk (MASK), Donal Maingi (Birbeck College, University of London), Mercy Kagia (Kingston University), Nicholas Addision (Institute of Education, University of London), Chair Chege Githiora ( SOAS, University of London)
10 March 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Kenya's Nubians: Then & Now

Greg Constantine & Bronwen Manby

A Presentation & Discussion about statelessness & documentary photography

25 November 2010, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ethiopian Thinking: The lost Philosophy

Dr Richard Pankhurst, Rita Pankhurst

A 15 minute interviews with the renowned Ethiopianist Dr Richard Pankhurst, Historian Rita Pankhurst and Ethiopian academics.

18 November 2010, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Title tbc

Marion Wallace, British Library, Africa Curator
13 May 2010, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM