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.
- In Conversation with Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia Lekow
Chair: Gege Githiora (SOAS)
Maia will discuss her music career with SOAS Swahili expert Dr Chege Gihtiora as well as performing some of her beautiful acoustic songs.
- Book Talk: 'The Politics of African Industrial Policy'
Lindsay Whitfield will discuss her new book published by Cambridge University Press.
- 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.
- 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.
- Renewable Energy in Africa
Bob Chestnut, Rosaleen Duffy (SOAS)
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.
- 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
Dr Deborah Brautigan
As part of the China in Africa workshop, this lecture will be given by a leading expert on the topic of China in Africa.
- 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.
- 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.