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Centre of African Studies

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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2016

January

10/01/16
11/01/16
  • Miners Shot Down
  • The screening is followed by a Q&A session with James Nichol, defence lawyer for the victims’ families.
17/01/16
18/01/16
25/01/16
26/01/16
  • Screening & Q&A: The Supreme Price
  • Joanna Lipper (Director/Producer)
  • Director Joanna Lipper elegantly explores past and present as she tells the deeply moving and intriguing story of M.K.O and Kudirat Abiola through the eyes of their eldest daughter, Hafsat Abiola.

     

February

01/02/16
  • Book Presentation: BAD NEWS by Anjan Sundaram
  • Anjan Sundaram
  • A vivid portrait of Rwanda at an extraordinary and dangerous place in its history, Bad News is a brilliant parable on the necessity of freedom of expression and what happens when that freedom is seized.

22/02/16

March

09/03/16
  • 'Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gulen Movement'
  • David H. Shinn (Elliott School of International Affairs - George Washington University)
  • 'Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gulen Movement' covers the philosophy of Gulen and the educational, business, dialogue, humanitarian, and media activities of Hizmet in Africa.  It also deals with the relationship between the movement and the government of Turkey.

14/03/16
  • HIV/AIDS in Africa - Where are we heading?
  • Prof Shabbar Jaffar, Dr Mohammed Salim, Dr Hamza Hassan Mohamed
  • Prof Shabbar Jaffar, Head of the Department of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, will speak about how HIV and AIDS are being treated in Africa, how the challenges are gradually being overcome, and what more can be done to speed this up.

17/03/16
23/03/16

April

18/04/16
  • Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms. The Roots of Impermanence
  • Dr Maxim Bolt (Author -University of Birmingham), Prof. JoAnn McGregor (University of Sussex), Prof. Deborah James (LSE)
  • Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

20/04/16
27/04/16
  • Book Discussion - 'City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp'
  • Ben Rawlence (author) & Nadifa Mohamed (author of The Orchard of Lost Souls and Black Mamba Boy)
  • City of Thorns is a vivid and powerful account, bringing together stories of nine individuals living in the Dadaab refugee camp,  northern Kenya. This book interweaves stories of its residents within the wider forces of regional politics and humanitarian aid. 

May

09/05/16
21/05/16
  • The Nubian Languages and Culture Project
  • Under the auspices of SOAS’ World Languages Institute and in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies we are pleased to launch the Nubian
    Languages and Culture Project for the protection, documentation and promotion of the intangible heritage of the Nubian Nile valley.

June

04/06/16
  • Afrikult. Words That Travel - Storytelling
  • Afrikult. presents the second of the three-part series Words that Travel. Running throughout 2016, each event focuses on particular mediums and traditions of African literature with the second featuring African storytelling.

07/06/16
25/06/16
30/06/16

July

September

17/09/16
  • SSSUK Annual Symposium and Annual General Meeting
  • This year, we shall hear about different aspects of the complex situation in South Sudan, the contribution of women to building peace to the contribution of women to building peace , from displacement and the Khartoum Process to a journey into in the world of Sudanese contemporary fiction.

October

03/10/16
10/10/16
11/10/16
24/10/16
  • Promoting the social inclusion of people with albinism in Tanzania
  • Jamie Walling (Standing Voice Project)
  • Albinism—a genetic condition reducing or eliminating melanin pigment in the skin, eyes and hair—is poorly understood across much of Tanzanian society.  Jamie Walling of the Standing Voice Project will deliver this engaging and interactive seminar.

27/10/16
28/10/16
28/10/16
31/10/16
31/10/16

November

07/11/16
  • African Influence in Reinassance Theatre and Literature: “Is Black so base a hue?”
  • Onyeka
  • The idea of 'Race' is a socially constructed phenomenon. In Shakespeare’s works there are ideas of difference, some of these are negative, others are positive. Attitudes towards African people in Tudor England were not habitually negative and our desire to see it as such is more to do with now and Victorian revisionism - than then.

07/11/16
14/11/16
  • BlackPoppyRose - We WILL Remember...
  • Selena Carty
  • Come and learn more about the African/Black/Caribbean/ Pacific Islands contributions to the various War Efforts that have paved the way for the ‘cultures’ we know and understand today.

19/11/16
22/11/16
23/11/16
25/11/16
28/11/16
30/11/16