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.
- Gondar's Child: Songs, Honor and Identity Among Ethiopian Jews In Israel
Dr Marilyn Herman (author); Chair: Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya
- Africa Research Student Network (AfNet) Launch
Professor Graham Furniss (SOAS, University of London); Michael Jennings (SOAS, University of London); Jonathan Harle (Association of Commonwealth University)
- Multilingualism and Writing Systems in Cameroon: From King Njoya’s Shumum to the General Alphabet of Cameroonian Languages
Dr Seraphin Kamdem (SOAS, University of London); Chaired by Professor Graham Furniss
- History on Film | Slavery & The African Diaspora From a Global Perspective
Film Series and Panel Discussions
- Reflections on Nigeria's Forth Republic
Sylvester Odion Akhaine (Lagos State University and Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarisation)
- Film Screening - "Dear Mandela" + Discussion
Dr Wayne Dooling (chair)
- Young African Diaspora Entrepreneurs - Exploiting your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)
Training Course (Certificate of Attendance)
- 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)
- World Radio Day: New Perspectives on Radio
Tim Williams, Non-Executive Director and Deputy Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO; Bettina Peters, Director of Development, Thomson Foundation; Dr Mary Myers, Radio in Africa Expert; Chaired by Dr Seraphin Kamdem, SOAS
- 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
- 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
- Is This the Oldest Living Civilisation?
Felicity Heywood (Cultural journalist and researcher)
- Child-naming Song Poetry of South-East Yoruba
Dr Rotimi Fasan (Leventis fellow, CAS, Osun State University, Nigeria); Chaired by Dr Akin Oyetade (SOAS)
- 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)
- Women Mean Business
Highlighting opportunities and how pioneers are working to create and grow sustainable and profitable partnerships with women.
- Masterclass: Africa
Speakers to be announced
- Africa: Opportunities and Challenges
Roger Nord (Deputy Director of the IMF’s African Department)
- The Modern Griot
Sunara Begum (artist and film-maker); Tunde Jegede (composer and multi-instrumentalist); Angela Impey (SOAS, University of London)
Where Old traditions meet the New
- African Textiles Today
Christopher Spring (Author, Curator Northeast, East and South Africa, British Museum)
Book launch and panel discussion with author.
- Igbo Language and Performance
- Tanzania in transition: the contribution of a small development NGO
Julian Marcus, Chairman, Tanzania Development Trust
- Beautifying the Body in Ancient Africa and Today
Christelle Kedi (author); Joe Okwesa; Chaired by Paul Asquith
- Book Launch: The Shining Girls
Lauren Beukes (author)
- Inside African Anthropology
Andrew Bank and Leslie Bank (eds); Chaired by Dr Wayne Dooling (SOAS, University of London)
- Somalia: A different Perspective - Photo Exhibition
This exhibition will show a side of Somalia different from what is has been and continues to be portrayed. Through these pictures, we hope to provide an intimate glimpse at Somali life.
- One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?
Sir Gordon Conway (Imperial College)
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
- 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)
- Mali in Transition: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
A forum to examine and discuss the political and humanitarian crisis in Mali and its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity
- Agribusiness in Africa: Ploughing ahead?
Michael Jennings (CAS, SOAS), Rosanne Whalley (AgDevCo), Nigel Harris (Farm Africa), Chris Okeke (Wicklow Ltd)
A SWOT Analysis of Agribusiness in Africa
- CAS 2013 Annual Lecture
Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah
In this CAS 2013 Annual Lecture, Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah will discuss writing about the African Indian Ocean by authors such as Conrad, Blixen and the Naipauls, and by means of his own writing.
Chair: Dr Michael Jennings, CAS Chairman
Discussant: Professor Mpalive Msiska, Birkbeck college, University of London
- Sanctuary: Home, Away, the Common Ground
Sanctuary Artists present the exploration of the cultural, political, social and environmental differences and commonalities that construct the concept of Sanctuary from the perspective of ‘Home, Away and Common Ground’.
- Book Launch - The Great African Land Grab
Lorenzo Cotula (IIED)
The Great African Land Grab
Book launch with author Lorenzo Cotula, in partnership with Zed Books and the Centre of African Studies.
- Ethiopian Reminiscences - Book Launch
Richard and Rita Pankhurst
Book Launch - Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days
Richard and Rita Pankhurst
- Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013: A Tribute in Memoriam
Professor Ernest N. Emenyonu (Univ. of Michigan-Flint.), Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr (SOAS), Dr Ndubuisi Anike, Ms Louisa Uchum Egbunike
Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013: A Tribute in Memoriam
A celebration of the life of Chinua Achebe on Sat. August 3, at 6:30pm in Room G2, SOAS, with the eminent scholar Prof. Ernest N. Emenyonu, leading the tribute on Chinua Achebe, followed by a round-table discussion featuring Prof. Emenyonu alongside Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr, Dr Ndubuisi Anike and Louisa Egbunike.
- Food Security in Africa
Sir Gordon Conway
Sir Gordon Conway
Food Security in Africa: Is Sustainable Intensification the Answer?
Can Africa be efficiently, sustainably and profitably fed?
- Conference: Rwanda under the RPF
- CONFERENCE - Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance
This conference and the subsequent special issue of the Journal of Eastern African Studies (JEAS) will bring together a broad spectrum of commentators to debate the nature and effects of Rwandan politics under the RPF and its impact on the post-genocide reconstruction process, regional relations and the wellbeing of everyday Rwandans.
- Book Launch - 'Colonial Exploitation and Economic Development', edited by Ewout Frankema & Frans Buelens
Ewout Frankema & Frans Buelens (Editors)
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)
- Book Launch: 'Accented Futures' by Carli Coetzee
Dr Carli Coetzee (SOAS), Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame (SOAS), and Pamela Nomvete
Book Launch: Accented Futures. Language activism and the Ending of Apartheid by Carli Coetzee
In conversation with Pamela Nomvete, and Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame (SOAS)
- 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)
- Book Launch: 'Economics and HIV: The sickness of Economics' by Deborah Johnston
Dr Deborah Johnston
Economics and HIV. The sickness of Economics by Dr Deborah Johnston, SOAS
This book offers an insight, for both economists and development practitioners generally, into why economics has largely failed to provide useful insights on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
- CAS and Africa-UK Seminar: Exploring effective collaboration between the Diaspora and the academic community
Dr Laura Hammond (SOAS), Dr Akin Oyetade (SOAS), Dr Ben Page (UCL), Mr Fahran Hassan (IOE), Mr Onyekachi Wambu (AFFORD), Ms Robtel Neajai Pailey (SOAS), Dr Beacon Mbiba (Oxford Brookes/ADAN)
A one day workshop organised in association with AFFORD and as part of the Africa-UK project which supports UK-based Africans to influence policy and practice affecting Africa’s development.
- CAS Africa Seminars: Building distributed narrative platforms in Nairobi, by Sam Hopkins
CAS Africa Seminar Series:
28 October 2013
Building distributed narrative platforms in Nairobi, by Sam Hopkins
- Book Launch: ‘Death of an Idealist: in Search of Neil Aggett’ by Beverley Naidoo
Dr Beverley Naidoo (Author)
Launch of the book ‘Death of an Idealist: in Search of Neil Aggett’ by Beverley Naidoo. Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm, KLT, SOAS Russell Square
- TANZANIA’S (AGRO)PASTORALIST HEADACHE, by Martin Walsh
Martin Walsh (Global Research Adviser, Oxfam)
The speaker, Martin Walsh, will take a closer look at some of the high-profile cases of land use conflicts in Tanzania involving pastoralists and agropastoralists and open a discussion about the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to this growing problem, which has divided opinion among policy-makers, conservationists, and advocates of pastoralism.
- Film Africa 2013
Film Africa is back! London's annual celebration of AfricanCinema returns - From 1 - 10th November 2013
- One Day Symposium: ‘The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone’
One Day Symposium: ‘The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone’
Tuesday 5 November 2013, KLT, SOAS, All Day 9a.m. – 5p.m.
The David Livingstone exhibition at the Brunei Gallery (22 Oct. 2013 – 22 March 2014) will receive a formal launch on Tues. 5 Nov., with a one-day symposium, hosted by the SOAS' Centre of African Studies.
- CAS Leventis Post-Doctoral Seminars: 'Ethnopragmatic and Structural Analysis of Ibibio Death Prevention Names' by Eyo Mensah -
Dr Eyo Mensah (Uni. of Calabar, Nigeria & Leventis Fellow, CAS, SOAS)
Leventis Post Doctoral Fellows Seminars:
Wednesdays, 5pm, Room T102, 22 Russell Square, SOAS
13 November 2013:
'Frog where are you?: Ethnopragmatic and Structural Analysis of Ibibio Death prevention names' ,
A talk by Dr Eyo O. Mensah, University of Calabar, Leventis Fellow at CAS
- BCA FLAGSHIP EVENT: Sourcing talent for business in Africa’s emerging markets
Clare Reilly (Africa Diageo), Frances Mensah Williams (Interims for Development & ReConnect Africa), Karl Craven (Spiral HR Global Solutions)
BCA FLAGSHIP EVENT: Sourcing talent for business in Africa’s emerging markets
- Senegal's Art Today: An increasing diversity of practice
Salimata Diop, Art Consultant
This event is part of the Africa Seminar series
- CAS Leventis Post-Doctoral Seminar: 'Continuity and Change in Contemporary Hausa Lyrical Performances: through the prism of Islam and the politics of cultural production in northern Nigeria', by Dr Abubakar Liman
Dr Abubakar Aliyu Liman (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, & Leventis Fellow at CAS, SOAS)
- ‘Continuity and Change in Contemporary Hausa Lyrical Performances: through the prism of Islam and the politics of cultural production in northern Nigeria’
A talk by Dr Abubakar Aliyu Liman, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, & Leventis Fellow at CAS, SOAS, University of London.
- 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.