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.
- 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.
- Starting from (W)here? Understanding the international art market from an African perspective
Liz Lydiate, Salimata Diop, Melanie Gerlis, Chris Spring & others
This high quality training course aims to equip African students and the self-employed with all the practical skills needed to make a successful career in today’s fast-moving world of the creative arts and media.
- 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.
- Future Sounds of Mzansi - Film Screening
20 years into South Africa's democracy - welcome to the apartheid afterparty
- Vamba Sherif - 'Bound to Secrecy'
A novel steeped in the tradition of supernatural detective fiction and exploring the use and abuse of power in dysfunctional governments.
- 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.
- In the Name of the People: Angola's Forgotten Massacre
The story of the slaughter of tens of thousands of people in 1977, little talked of in Angola today.
- Re-Presenting Africa in Young Adult Speculative Fiction: The Ekpe Institution in Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch
Louisa Uchum Egbunike
Okorafor utilises the genre of fantasy literature to affirm Nigeria as a home for its diaspora, as a space for social transformation and as well as articulating the possibilities for the nation’s betterment in which women and girl children are central to its actualisation.
- Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong
‘Hopeless Continent’ vs ‘Africa Rising’ - What is the truth behind Africa’s growth, or lack of it?
- 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.
- 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'.