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.
- Alexis Peskine - Power Figures
Alexis Peskine will discuss his exhibition 'Power Figures', hosted at October Gallery. This will be his first solo exhibition in London.
- History on Film: Slavery and the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective
Matthias Röhrig Assunção
Screening of the film:BODY GAMES. CAPOEIRA AND ANCESTRY (JOGO DE CORPO. CAPOEIRA E ANCESTRALIDADE)
Directed by Richard Pakleppa, Matthias Röhrig Assunção and Cinézio Peçanha (Mestre Cobra Mansa)
- Baraza - Annual Swahili Studies Conference
The third annual day conference will address aspects of the language, linguistics, culture and diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples.
- Modern Swahili Poems – Ushairi wa Kiswahili wa Kisasa
81 of the poems from two competitions for the 2016 Prize for Swahili Poetry were published last year. In this event we will discuss and read some of these poems.
- 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.
- SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 years after the first Makerere African Writers Conference
An international conference on African literatures, writings and translation with leading academics and writers from the continent and the diaspora.
- Book Discussion: 'The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa, Beyond the Margins'
Wale Adebanwi (Oxford University)
This seminar will be dedicated to a discussion of this new collection of essays edited by Prof. Wale Adebanwi, 'The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa, Beyond the Margins' (James Currey/Boydell & Brewer). Wale Adebanwi and other speakers will introduce and lead a discussion about the book's contribution.
- Film Screening: 'The Costly Gift' and Q&A
Documentary Film screening: 'The Costly Gifts' (2017).
The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Dawit Gebreyesus
- Book Discussion: If you can walk, you can dance
Marion Molteno, Angela Impey, Alastair Niven
Join us for a discussion with the author of If you can walk, you can dance, Marion Molteno
- "Informal Housing in Dar es Salaam: A Tale of Three Cities
Stephanie Burcher and Tim Wickson (Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL)
This seminar will discuss the everyday realities and challenges faced by residents of different types of low-income neighborhoods in Dar es Salaam, as well as the opportunities for action already being undertaken by the residents themselves. It will close with a discussion on the role of progressive urban planning in approaching some of these issues, and supporting the growth of a more equitable city.
- ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS
On November 25, 2017, the Centre for African Studies and Ifeanyi Awachie, founder of AFRICA SALON, will present ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS, a contemporary African arts festival.