Centre of African Studies Events
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.
- Documentary: Head Hunting: Searching for the Head of Sultan Mkwawa
Documentary film by Martin Baer (2001) depicting resistance to and rupture caused by the German colonial experience, focusing on the 1954 restitution of Chief Mkwawa’s skull.
- Vizazi Contemporary Visual Culture of Tanzania
The Vizazi workshop will present and discuss current research about Tanzania’s visual culture that is being carried out by emerging scholars and artists.
- Translating Poetries: a Symposium for Translation Practitioners
This symposium is a partnership project between the Poetry Translation Centre and SOAS, University of London. It will gather 50 leading translation practitioners from around the world to discuss the practice of translating poetry.