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Centre of African Studies

Centre of African Studies Conferences

The Centre of African Studies organises and administers academic workshops and conferences on behalf of its members based throughout the University. It also holds meetings in collaboration with other Africanist organisations. Proposals for conferences and workshops should be sent in the first instance to the Chairman of the Centre of African Studies (

Previous Events in this series

South Africa @ 20

Lanre Akinola, Onyekachi Wambu, Tom Lodge, Lord Paul Boateng, Chris Trott, Siphamandla Goge, Beverly Naidoo, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, Sello Thornton, John Sender, Janet Love, Deborah Johnston, Richard Meeran, Hein Marais, Andrew Feinstein, Lindiwe Dovey

A one day interdisciplinary conference to celebrate and debate 20 years of democracy in South Africa

In association with Canon Collins Trust and the Royal African Society

15 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Mali in Transition: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Various speakers

A forum to examine and discuss the political and humanitarian crisis in Mali and its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity

29 May 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Business in Africa: What is next?

Karen Ellis (ODI); Daniel Large (Political Consultant); Tara O'Connor (Africa Risk Consulting); Professor Tunde Ogowewo ( King's College London); Simon Quinn ( University of Oxford)

This conference will tackle the influence of government policy on the business climate, the ongoing link with India and China, the role of public sector and entrepreneurship and the role of natural resources for the future.

23 June 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, 116, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

South Africa in the World


Five university publishers in South Africa are sharing a joint stand at the London Book Fair - Wits University, UKZN, UNISA, UCT and HSRC Presses. The Book Fair has a special focus on South Africa this year, and the publishers, as well as the British Council, have invited authors to give talks at a series of seminars in Oxford and London.

23 April 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G2, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM