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.
- Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future?
Professor Njabulo Ndebele
SOAS, University of London and The University of Fort Hare Centenary event, in collaboration with Canon Collins: The Inaugural Jabavu Lecture - Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future? by Professor Njabulo Ndebele
- 2017 Legacies of Biafra Conference
The ‘Legacies of Biafra’ conference seeks to explore the on-going impact of the war locally and globally, considering how the first civil war in independent Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally as well as its impact on the political and social structures within Nigeria.
- From blogging to entrepreneurship: africanlinks.net to Nooru Box.
From blogging to entrepreneurship: africanlinks.net to Nooru Box. Virginie Ehonian will discuss her latest project, the Nooru Box, the first giftbox dedicated to Black Cultures
- Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse
Toby Green, Lucy Duran, Manecas Costa, Ibrahima Galissa, Jose Lingna Nafafe, Nayanka Perdigao
With the on-going political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brings together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture.
- SOAS Africa Conference - Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development
This two-days conference marks SOAS’ centenary, and in order to celebrate a century of African studies we will examine future key trends, changes and debates that are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, drawing from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives in a truly inter-disciplinary conference.
- Baraza Conference
Our third annual day conference addressing any aspect of the language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy or diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world.
- Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa - National and regional developments
Queen Mary University of London’s Criminal Justice Centre together with the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London invite paper abstract submissions for their proposed conference: Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa – national and regional developments.