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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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  • Artist talk: Evans Mbugua at SOAS
  • Evans Mbugua
  • Evans Mbugua, Paris based Kenyan artist and designer, will discuss 'DIALOGUE', his first solo exhibition in London, hosted by GAFRA from the 1st of December 2017 until the 27th of January 2018.

  • Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts
  • Sethembile Msezane, Nanjala Nyabola and others tba
  • Join us for the Royal African Society’s flagship events to discuss and debate what 2018 holds in store for the continent.



  • Celebrating Buchi Emecheta
  • An all-day celebration of the life and work of the acclaimed Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta, who passed away in January 2017. 





  • Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria
  • Hannah Hoechner
  • Hannah Hoechner will discuss her latest book 'Quranic Schools in Northern Nigeria - Everyday Experiences of Youth, Faith, and Poverty', published by the Internatioanl African Library