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.
- African Christianity on Film: 'Holy Hustlers' (2009, dir. Richard Werbner)
Documentary film about an African Independent Church in Botswana and discussion with the director, Prof Richard Werbner.
- Exploring the relationship between population mobility and HIV risk in Tanzania
Kevin Deane (University of Northampton)
Looking at the underlying socio-economic determinants of flows of people and individual risk behaviours through a qualitative case study in Tanzania.
- Albert René: The Father of Modern Seychelles. A Biography
The first full-length biography of a towering figure who arouses intense emotions in both admirers and opponents.
- Miners Shot Down - Film Screening
In August 2012, platinum mineworkers begin a strike for better wages against their employer, British company Lonmin. Six days later, SA police brutally suppress the strike and shoot dead 34 miners. This film tells the story of a toxic collusion between state and capital that led to the massacre.
- Creating a creative economy in Côte d’Ivoire: The role of new performance spaces for popular music
Anne Schumann (SOAS, Wits)
This seminar will address the role of cultural entrepreneurs in the establishment of new performance spaces for live music in Abidjan.
- African Christianity on Film: 'African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana' (2013, dir. James Ault)
Dr James Ault
Documentary film analysing the dynamics behind the recent surge of Christianity in Ghana and discussion with the director, Dr James Ault.
- Media Representation and Africa: whose money, whose story?
Zeinab Badawi; Henry Bonsu; Gus Casely-Hayford; Mick Csaky; Lindiwe Dovey; Afua Hirsch; Keith Shiri; Solomon Mugera; Richard Rathbone & others
A diverse selection of high-profile speakers drawn from academia and the media industry will address questions of representation, narrative and institutional funding with regards to Africa in the media.
- Horses, mules and donkeys: neglected factors in the economic development of Africa?
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Historians have paid some attention to horses, but essentially as machines of war and prestige, whereas donkeys, wild asses, mules and zebras have been altogether neglected. It is suggested here that equids were significant economic resources in the Sahel-Sudan Belt, the Ethiopian highlands, and the savannas of eastern and southern Africa.
- Yorùbá Names: How they have evolved within a century
Akin Oyètádé (SOAS)
- 'The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo' - Film Screening and Director Q&A
This film explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa's foremost woman writers - a trailblazer for an entire generation.
- Fair Trade, Fair Wage? Research evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda
Professor Christopher Cramer, Dr Deborah Johnston & Dr Carlos Oya
Chris Cramer, Deborah Johnston and Carlos Oya share their findings from Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda, a four year DFID-funded research project (2009-13).
- 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.
- 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'.