Centre of African Studies


The University of London's Centre of African Studies is the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside Africa. Founded in 1965 at SOAS, University of London, where its administration is still based, since 1991 the Centre has assumed formal responsibility for co-ordinating, stimulating and promoting interdisciplinary study, research and discussion on Africa within the University; and promoting a wider awareness of African issues.

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Africa News

Africa News is the newsletter of the Centre of African Studies at SOAS. It contains listings of Africa related lectures and seminars held at SOAS and other colleges of the University of London. It also contains news and information on events relating to Africa around the world, calls for papers, funding and job opportunities. To receive our newsletters, please register for our mailing list.

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Royal African Society

The Royal African Society (RAS) is a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today.

Through their events, publications and digital channels they share insight, instigate debate and facilitate mutual understanding between the UK and Africa. They amplify African voices and interests in academia, business, politics, the arts and education, reaching a network of more than one million people globally.

RAS is located at 21 Russell Square and maintains close links with the Centre of African Studies at the University of London. Membership of the society is joint with the African Studies Association of the UK, and is open to all.

RAS has a diverse and influential membership network made up of individuals, companies and organisations who take a proactive interest in Africa and value opportunities to connect, share ideas and develop partnerships.