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 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
- Timbuktu: An Illustrated Talk by Alexandra Huddleston
Huddleston's photographic project '333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu' captures a way of life and learning as it was shortly before the militants overran the city.
- Cambridge African Film Festival
University of Cambridge
Featuring screenings followed by Q&As, workshops, live music, a ‘dine-and-view’ evening, and a mini fashion show, the themes of CAFF 2015 are love, music and resistance.
- The Centre for Film Studies' First African Film Lecture: The Cinema and its Publics in Africa
Dr. Litheko Modisane
The event will explore cinema in Africa as public reflections on social and political issues.
- Turning Issues into Stories
In partnership with One World Media, CAS is hosting an event that brings together a panel of leading NGOs and experienced journalists to share their work and insights on how to cover development issues in an engaging way.
- Renewable Energy in Africa
Bob Chestnut, Peter Wright, Yacob Mulugetta
In collaboration with the Business Council for Africa, the Centre of African Studies will be holding an event to highlight the issues facing the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Other Drugs: Speculative Capital, Pharmaceutical Markets, and Hustling the Day in Nigeria
Kris Peterson will discuss her latest research regarding pharmaceutical market traders and industry in Nigeria.
- Why so much interest in China-Africa Links?
Dr. Carlos Oya
This event will engage with the developing interests in China's engagement with Africa during the past 10 years.
- Baraza: Swahili Conference at SOAS
This one day conference will address many aspects of language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy, and diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world.
- Book Discussion: "Administration and Taxation in Former Portuguese Africa, 1900-1945"
Philip J. Havik
This book addresses a notable gap in the knowledge of Portuguese colonial administration and the policies implemented in the main territories of its “third” African empire: Angola, Mozambique and Guinea.
- China in Africa Workshop
Chair: Carlos Oya
The two day workshop will bring together senior scholars from the UK, China, Africa and the US to discuss issues around investments and economic opportunity by Chinese companies in Africa.
- China in Africa Keynote Lecture: Will Africa Feed China? Rumors and Realities
Dr Deborah Bräutigam
As part of the China in Africa workshop, this keynote lecture will shed new light on China’s evolving global quest for food security and Africa’s possibilities for structural transformation.
- Arms & the Men: Who sells weapons, who uses them, who is killed by them
Chair: Gill Lusk
As part of the Sudan/South Sudan series, academics and professionals will discuss who is circulating weapons in the Sudans and why.
- The English-everywhere agenda in education in a highly multilingual Cameroon: Towards a recipe for disaster?
Dr Seraphin Kamdem
This seminar will discuss the recent developments of the English-everywhere agenda in the school education system and critically present some of the pedagogic and operational challenges faced by this contentious agenda.
- Agricultural Potential in the Sudans: Past experience and future outlook
Chair: Mawan Muortat
As part of the Sudan & South Sudan Series, panelists will highlight likely social, environmental, and economic impacts of agricultural policies in Sudan and South Sudan.