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Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE in conversation with SOAS Professor Chris Cramer (virtual event)

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE, Professor Chris Cramer

Date: 28 July 2020Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 28 July 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: 0


SOAS Professor Chris Cramer in conversation with Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE on Art, History, Africa and the World. 

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE is leading the development of one of the most exciting cultural capital projects that has been undertaken by a national museum in recent years. Over the next five years The V&A will build a new museum and a collection centre to house a quarter of a million objects and almost a thousand archives in East London on the old Olympic Park. Please join SOAS Professor Chris Cramer and Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE as they embark on a dynamic discussion regarding art, Africa and the world.


The Continuing the Conversations event series is designed to engage SOAS alumni but open to all. The event will include a talk for about 30 minutes and then a discussion regarding questions from the audience for about 20 minutes.


Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE is an art historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on African culture. He is best known for his major BBC TV series The Lost Kingdoms of Africa, using new archaeological and anthropological research to explore the pre-colonial history of some of Africa’s most important kingdoms. Former Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, and Ex-Director of the Institute of International Visual Art, he has advised the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils and the Tate Gallery. He initiated and became the Director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain, when over 150 venues collaborated to host more than 1000 events. He is a SOAS Honorary Fellow and a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London. Having worked with numerous cultural institutions such as The British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and most recently leaving his post as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE has returned to London in his new role as Inaugural Director of V&A East.

SOAS Professor Chris Cramer is a Professor of Political Economy of Development. His work focuses primarily on Africa including the economics of Africa, political economy of development, political economy of war and peace in southern Africa. His work also focuses on the economics of cashew production including processing and trade, poverty and rural labour markets as well as privatization


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