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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

Previous Events in this series

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

Edosa Oguigo: Colour and form in Nigerian contemporary art

Edosa Oguigo & Dr Charles Gore

Nigerian artist Edosa Oguigo in conversation with Dr Charlie Gore

4 June 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 6:30 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

'Talking Eritrea' Series Panel Discussion: Limits on Research and Reporting in Eritrea: The Implications for Peace and Rights

Michela Wrong, Sarah Ogbay, Dawit Mesfin, Laura Hammond, John Campbell

In collaboration with Justice Africa

17 March 2014, Vernon Square, V211, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

'Talking Eritrea' Series - On Sinai Human Trafficking & Torture

Meron Estefanos

In collaboration with Justice Africa

3 March 2014, Vernon Square, V211, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Introduction to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance: The Student Perspective

Christina Nelson and Salmana Ahmed

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

'Talking Eritrea' Series - On National Service and its Impacts on the Social Fabric of Eritrean Society

Professor Gaim Kibreab

In collaboration with Justice Africa

17 February 2014, Vernon Square, V211, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

'Talking Eritrea' Series - Eritreans: Migrants or Migrating Refugees

Dan Connell

In collaboration with Justice Africa

3 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 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

Senegal's Art Today: An increasing diversity of practice

Salimata Diop, Art Consultant 

This event is part of the Africa Seminar series

2 December 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

CAS Africa Seminars: Building distributed narrative platforms in Nairobi, by Sam Hopkins

Sam Hopkins

CAS Africa Seminar Series:
28 October 2013
Building distributed narrative platforms in Nairobi,
by Sam Hopkins

28 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Book Launch: 'Blue Dahlia, Black Gold: A Journey into Angola' by Daniel Metcalfe

Daniel Metcalfe (Author)

Launch of the book 'Blue Dahlia, Black Gold. A journey into Angola' by Daniel Metcalfe
(as part of the Africa Seminars series)

21 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 AM

Book Launch - 'Colonial Exploitation and Economic Development', edited by Ewout Frankema & Frans Buelens

Ewout Frankema & Frans Buelens (Editors)

Book Launch: 

Colonial Exploitation and Economic Development : The Belgian Congo and Netherlands Indies Compared

Edited by Ewout Frankema and Frans Buelens.


Chair: Anne Booth (SOAS)

(As part of the CAS Africa Seminar Series)

14 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Game changers? Multilingual learners in a Cape Flats primary school (South Africa)

Caroline Kerfoot (Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University)
A Seminar about Multilingualism in South Africa

(as part of the Endangered Languages Week 2013)

23 May 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tanzania in transition: the contribution of a small development NGO

Julian Marcus, Chairman, Tanzania Development Trust

18 April 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Speaking to the Wound: Are Justice and Healing in Africa Mutually Exclusive?

Gary Geddes

14 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:15 PM - 6:30 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

Is This the Oldest Living Civilisation?

Felicity Heywood (Cultural journalist and researcher)

28 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Transmission of Cultural Heritage of Slavery in the Indian Ocean on Film

Marie Rodet (SOAS, University of London); Francesca Declich (University Urbino); Beheroze Shroff (University of California, Irvine); Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Part of the Workshops/Film Screening on History on Film | Slavery & The African Diaspora From a Global Perspective  

27 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Memorialising African Slavery in Brazil on Film

Shihan de Silva (ICS); Hebe Mattos (University Federal Fluminense/Brazil); Carolina Moraes-Liu (Independent Producer)

Part of the History on Film | Slavery & The African Diaspora From a Global Perspective Workshops and Film Screenings

20 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:15 PM - 8:00 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

Film Screening - "Dear Mandela" + Discussion

Dr Wayne Dooling (chair)

31 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

History on Film | Slavery & The African Diaspora From a Global Perspective

Various

Film Series and Panel Discussions

30 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gondar's Child: Songs, Honor and Identity Among Ethiopian Jews In Israel

Dr Marilyn Herman (author); Chair: Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya

Book Launch

17 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 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

Frameworks for Africa-UK Collaboration in Research: The Nairobi Report and Beyond

Professor Graham Furniss (Pro-Director for Research nad Enterprise, SOAS)

6 December 2012, , 4421, 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

Illuminating the darkness. Blacks and North African in Islam

Habeeb Akande (author); Chair tbc

18 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Making the Move: Ghana' Event - Silk Solutions

tbc

11 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Of Agency and Entitlement: A Feminist Analysis into Violence against Sex Workers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sehin Teferra Ayele (SOAS, MIF Fellow)

4 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

A Post-Modern Sculptor from Uganda - Developing a sculptural practice

Lilian Nabulime

8 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Framing the African City: The Kenya International Film Festival (KIFF) as Mediascape

Lindiwe Dovey; Discussant: Carli Coetzee

This seminar is part of the Africa Seminar series on the Africa City, organised by the Centre of African Studies

7 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Participatory governance in African cities

Barbara Lipietz; Susan Parnell

This event is part of the Africa Seminar series on the African City, organised by the Centre of African Studies.

1 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Urbanisation without Infrastructures in African Cities: Who Fills in the Gap?

Adriana Allen (DPU/UCL); David Sutterthewaite (discussant)

23 February 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

What do we know about urbanisation in sub-Saharan africa and why does it matter?

Deborah Potts; Discussant: Michael Walls

This is the first of a series of seminars organised by the Centre of African Studies on the African city.

9 February 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Oral Literatures in African Societies: Contexts of Growth and Decline

Professor Jean Darive; Chaired by Professor Graham Furniss

13 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Book Launch - Ethiopia: The Last Two Frontiers

John Markakis (author), Laura Hammond (SOAS), David Styan (Birkbeck) and Gaim Kibreab (LSBU)

1 December 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ethnography and Fiction in Angola and Moçambique

Ana Maria Mão de Ferro Martinho Gale

24 November 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

History and Culture of the Okun People of Central Nigeria

Clement Bakinde

History and Culture of the Okun People of Central Nigeria: Origins,
Migrations, Trade Patterns and Urbanisation

17 November 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Africa Seminar Series - The Place we Call Home & Other Poems

Professor Kofi Anyidoho

27 October 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sierra Leone - an intimitate analysis

John Birchall

19 May 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, B104, 5:00 PM - 7:00 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

Health and HIV/Aids in Tanzania

Speakers Basia Zaba from LSHTM, Mike Jennings. SOAS

3 March 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Talk by Aua Balde - African Human Rights System : A Lusophone Guide

Aua Balde ( Centre for African Studies ) Governance for Development in Africa Initiative Fellow

10 February 2011, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Global Solutions for Global Problems or delinking from the Global System? Discussion with Samir Amin

Speaker: Samir Amin

2 December 2010, 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

Reading race in Islamic law: The meanings of 'blacks' (sudan) in the Arabic Legal literature of pre-colonial West Africa, c. 1600-1900

Bruce S. Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Duke University

Examining the juridical status of 'blacks' and its legal disability in pre-colonial West Africa.

11 March 2010, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Revisiting the Issue of Categorization of Elements in Hausa

Dr A.H. Amfani (Leventis Fellow, CAS)

An African Seminar on categorization in the analysis of Hausa

4 March 2010, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Transition at Half Century (1961-2011): The Cultural Politics of Postcolonial Nationalism and Identity

Dr Ernest Okello-Ogwang (Makerere University, Uganda)
All Welcome

26 November 2009, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Afranaph Project: A website resource and online database

Ken Safir

The Afranaph Project: A website resource and online database for the study of anaphora in the languages of Africa

Ken Safir, Rutgers University

19 November 2009, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The current rebellion in Northern Niger: Causes, Context and Actors

Y Guichaoua

5 June 2008, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Niger: the paradoxes of chronic aid

Dr Benedetta Rossi (Univ. of Liverpool)

29 May 2008, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The painting and the pen. Approaches to Heinrich Barth and his African Heritage

Prof. Achim Von Oppen, (Univ. of Bayreuth)

2 May 2008, Brunei Gallery, B111, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Islam and Arabic into West Africa

Prof J Hunwick

1 May 2008, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM