SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies


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.

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  • 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.


  • Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! SOAS Conference on African Philosophy
  • Dr. Mark Bould, Dr. Tade Thompson, Dr Alena Rettová , Michelle Clarke
  • The 2017 edition of 'Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! SOAS Conference on African Philosophy' will explore the theme of “Africa of the past, Africa of the future: The dynamics of time in Africanist scholarship and art”.





  • Baraza Conference
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  • 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.