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Africa-Europe: Postcolonial Politics, Migration and the Diaspora

Duration: Three Weeks


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Marie Rodet

Marie Rodet


Start of programme: Monday 30 June 2014

Mode of Attendance: Full Time

This course is a historical and sociological introduction to the study of African-European Relations, with particular attention to questions of postcolonial politics, the African Diaspora in Europe, citizenship, ethnicity, discrimination, narratives of race-based identity, “blackness” and colour-blindness, and rhetoric of multiculturalism. We will look at postcolonial issues of migration from Africa to Europe and what they tell us about postcolonial politics in the UK and France. We will investigate the impact of the historical and colonial legacies of European countries on policies and legislation on migration and citizenship, the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race, gender and national identity and how people of African descent in the UK and in France have reacted/responded to these issues so far.


Monday 30 June - Friday 18 July 2014

Social Programme

You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and a river cruise on the Thames. A guided tour of historical Bloomsbury where SOAS is situated will help you find your way around the campus area. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends once you have registered for one of our courses. 

Further details: International Friends. Summer School students are also welcome to attend the wealth of activities hosted by the SOAS Students Union in the summer months.



An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 15 April 2014.
10% discount for SOAS Alumni.
20% discount for current SOAS students.
Other discounts are available for partner institutions and groups, please email summerschool@soas.ac.uk for further information.


A tuition fee of £1250 will be charged per 3 week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.


A limited number of rooms will be available at International Hall which is located in the heart of Bloomsbury. You will be able to request a place once your application has been approved. The cost for 20 nights is £800, which includes breakfast every day. Please email summerschool@soas.ac.uk to reserve place.

Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £55 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment, once you have submitted your summer school application.


Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and generally our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. However the summer courses remain non-accredited by SOAS. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol.

We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.


For more information, please email Sophie Dilley at summerschool@soas.ac.uk.


The course will be delivered Monday - Thursday over the 3 weeks, in a combination of lectures, tutorials and class visits. 


Africa Europe : Imperial Legacies 

  • A Long History of Forced and Willing Migration from Africa to Europe
  • European Imperialisms in Africa
  • Decolonization and the Postcolonial State in Africa

French and British Post Colonial Politics in Africa

  • Françafrique and Development Aid
  • The Commonwealth and Migration Politics
  • Towards a new European Politics in Africa?

Post Colonial Politics and The African Diaspora in Europe 

  • African Migration and the Understanding of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Europe
  • Migration and Black Activism in Europe
  • Memories and the African Diaspora in London and Paris

Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course. 

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • An understanding of the history of European-African relations;
  • The ability to identify the theoretical framework of diaspora and migration studies and to apply it to specific regional contexts and case studies;
  • The ability to critically evaluate scholarly literature and use it to prove analytical skills in written and oral form.

How to Apply

In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
    • IELTS (www.ielts.org), 7 overall or higher, with at least 6.5 in all subscores.
    • iBT 105+ with 22 in all subscores or 100 overall with no less than 25 in writing and no less than 22 in any other subscores.
    • Or equivalent.

Summer School Application Form (pdf; 779kb)

Application deadline for the summer school courses is 31 May 2014.

A Student's Perspective

Studying history at SOAS has made me realise how connected the world really is and how important it is to study ‘the other side of the world’.

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