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.
- Going on Tahriib: The causes and consequences of Somali youth migration to Europe - Report launch
The report examines the causes and consequences of tahriib, why young people decide to go on tahriib, and the often serious effects on the families left behind.
- South Sudan: An Unreported Refugee Crisis
Alex and Lois Fergusson (Medair)
Alex and Lois Fergusson worked with relief charity Medair in South Sudan for three years up to November 2016. They will speak on the current situation, as well as the work of Medair and their own experiences.
- Africa in 2017: Prospects & Forecasts
Patrick Smith, Razia Khan, Dr Njoki Ngumi, Professor Chuks Okereke
Following a year that’s delivered major surprises in Africa and globally, what does 2017 hold for the African continent? Will it be a year of crises or triumphs?
- Mapping Tanzania
There will be presentations on various BTS(Britain Tanzania Society) mapping projects currently in progress in Tanzania
- Words that travel: Rhythms of Literature
Afrikult. presents the final of the three-part series Words that Travel. Running throughout 2016, each event focuses on particular mediums and traditions of African literature with the third featuring African music.
- Holocaust Memorial Day at SOAS: Genocide remembrance in Rwanda and Israel
A talk sponsored by SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies, SOAS Centre for African Studies
- Afterlives: writing World War Two in contemporary Nigerian fiction.
Dr Oliver Coates
Exploring the recent surge of interest in World War Two both inside Nigeria and in the diaspora, this paper will focus on the way in which fiction has become a vehicle for communicating the conflict to a readership remote in time and experience from the events.
- Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series with Alun Be
For the first encounter of "Photographic Dialogues of the African Diaspora Seminar Series", AfroShoot has the pleasure to introduce Alun Be, Senegalese photographer who was part of the exhibition “Bridged Narratives” curated by AfroShoot at 50 Golborne Gallery, London.
- World Radio Day London 2017: Radio and Global Transitions
Nicole Logan & Ros Fraser (Roundhouse Radio) David Prest (Whistledown Productions) Carlos Chirinos (NYU/SOAS) James Deane (BBC Media Action) Dr. Caroline Mitchell (University of Sunderland, Transnational Radio Encounters) Stephen Silverwood(Refugee Radio)
On Friday, Feb 10th 2017, SOAS Radio will be hosting World Radio Day London.
- BOOK LAUNCH 'The Fires Beneath: The Life of Monica Wilson, South African Anthropologist
Author Sean Morrow (Fort Hare University) will be discussing his latest book: 'The Fires Beneath: The Life of Monica Wilson, South African Anthropologist'
- A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile Exhibition
A Tale of Two Rivers: The Lower Wye and the Nubian Nile Exhibition - University of Exeter
- Conflict, transition and the elusive search for justice in South Sudan
Conflict, transition and the elusive search for justice in South Sudan
- Leprosy in Rural Tanzania: Detection, Treatment and Overcoming the Stigma.
Dr Sarah Feather
The Rufiji Leprosy Trust was set up thirty years ago to support the village of Kindwitwi, in Rufiji District, about 80 miles South of Dar es Salaam, which was once a leprosy camp for people affected by leprosy but is now a thriving village concerned to promote the self-sufficiency of people living with leprosy and their families.
- Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development
Tomi Oladipo, Padraig Carmody, Dame Rosalind Marsden, Yacob Mulugetta, Dr Chukwumerije Okereke, Betty Makoni, Rainatou Sow, etc...
The 6th African Development Forum, 'Energy and Agency: Fuelling Africa’s Development' will host a series of panel discussions on resource conflicts, climate change and women’s power.
- Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future?
Professor Njabulo Ndebele
SOAS, University of London and The University of Fort Hare Centenary event, in collaboration with Canon Collins: The Inaugural Jabavu Lecture - Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future? by Professor Njabulo Ndebele
- 2017 Legacies of Biafra Conference
The ‘Legacies of Biafra’ conference seeks to explore the on-going impact of the war locally and globally, considering how the first civil war in independent Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally as well as its impact on the political and social structures within Nigeria.
- From blogging to entrepreneurship: africanlinks.net to Nooru Box.
From blogging to entrepreneurship: africanlinks.net to Nooru Box. Virginie Ehonian will discuss her latest project, the Nooru Box, the first giftbox dedicated to Black Cultures
- O.R. Tambo Centenary Public Lecture and Panel Discussion
Join us for the first event in the series, hosted by SOAS University of London, where speakers will remember O.R. Tambo. The theme of panel discussion will be: 'Retracing O.R. Tambo's path towards liberation and the dawn of democracy in South Africa'.
- Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse
Toby Green, Lucy Duran, Manecas Costa, Ibrahima Galissa, Jose Lingna Nafafe, Nayanka Perdigao
With the on-going political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brings together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture.
- Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! SOAS Conference on African Philosophy
Dr. Mark Bould, Dr. Tade Thompson, Dr Alena Rettová , Michelle Clarke
The 2017 edition of 'Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! SOAS Conference on African Philosophy' will explore the theme of “Africa of the past, Africa of the future: The dynamics of time in Africanist scholarship and art”.
- Is a Vision Enough?What can we expect over the next 20 years from the African Diaspora?
Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE, Gibril Faal OBE
AFFORD, in partnership with the Centre of African Studies (CAS) SOAS, invites you to a discussion on diaspora and development. There will be an engaging conversation between Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE co-founder of AFFORD and Gibril Faal OBE former Chairman of AFFORD, followed by a Q&A session.
- Transcending Borders and Re-Inventing Identities: Technology in Africa.
The 2017 Africa Research Student Network Conference will explore the theme of Transcending Borders and Re-Inventing Identities: Technology in Africa
- BTS Education Group Seminar - focus on literacy
LivingstonTanzania Trust, School Aid, PIXL
This informal seminar will focus on methods to improve literacy in English and Swahili in Tanzania.
- 'My Granddad's Car', in conversation with Karl Ohiri and Sayed Sattar Hasan
Karl Ohiri and Sayed Sattar Hasan
Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri will be in conversation with Raquel Villar-Perez about their latest collaborative project My Granddad's Car, which will be exhibited at this year's Alchemy Festival (19-29 May) at the Southbank Centre.
- African Students and Lectors in Germany in Historical Perspective
Sara Pugach (California State University)
Sara Pugach will discuss the role of African students and lectors in Germany in historical perspective
- Ghana 60 years on, mobilizing for Ghana's future
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), Paul Adom-Otchere
International launch of Ghana 60th Independence anniversary from British colonialism.
- Small Business Investments in Africa: Support from the Diaspora
Perez Ochieng, Petronilla Mwakatuma
- An evening in conversation with the 2017 Caine Prize shortlisted authors
An evening to present and converse with the shortlisted authors of the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing
- Book Launch: Ian Campbell - The Addis Ababa Massacre
In February 1937, Italy’s occupying forces murdered 19,000 Ethiopians. In a brilliant piece of forensic historical reconstruction, Ian Campbell rescues from obscurity this episode of Fascist mass extermination. Ian is over from Ethiopia to launch his new book, which is being published by Hurst this week. Meet the author and hear him talk about his findings.
- Mohau Modisakeng: Beyond the Liminal Space
Photographs by South African artist Mohau Modisakeng
- Usakos - Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums, 1920s to 1960s
An exhibition that centres on three private collections of historical photographs preserved and curated by four female residents (Cecilie //Geises, Wilhelmine Katjimune, Gisela Pieters and Olga //Garoës) in the small central Namibian town called Usakos.
- SOAS Africa Conference - Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development
This two-days conference marks SOAS’ centenary, and in order to celebrate a century of African studies we will examine future key trends, changes and debates that are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, drawing from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives in a truly inter-disciplinary conference.
- Swing Time: Zadie Smith in conversation with Marloes Janson
Zadie Smith, Maroles Janson
Zadie Smith will discuss her latest book ‘Swing Time’, which was influenced by the reading of SOAS scholar Marloes Janson’s monograph ‘Islam, Youth, and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama`at.
- SSSUK Annual General Meeting and Symposium 2017
The 2017 SSSUK Annual General Meeting and Symposium
- 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)
- Book Discussion: The Asaba Massacre: Trauma, Memory and the Nigerian Civil War'
Prof Elizabeth Bird (University of South Florida)
Join us for a book presentation and discussion of "The Asaba Massacre: Trauma, Memory and the Nigerian Civil War" by S. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser Ottanelli (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
- “Les Sapeuses”: The Lady Dandies of the DRC
This exhibition documents the life and style of the sapeuses, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s ‘lady dandies’ subculture, through exhibits of textile accessories and the reportage photography of Kinshasa-based photographer Junior D. Kannah.
- 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 Africa presents: Mueda, memory and massacre
Film Africa festival brings to SOAS 'Mueda, Memory and Massacre', a Mozambican movie from 1979, rediscovered in Maputo’s archives only in 2009.
- 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.