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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.

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  • Alexis Peskine - Power Figures
  • Alexis Peskine
  • Alexis Peskine will discuss his exhibition 'Power Figures', hosted at October Gallery. This will be his first solo exhibition in London.

  • 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.


  • "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.