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.
- Sheng – Rise of a Kenyan Swahili Vernacular
Dr Chege Githiora (author)
- Hassan Musa: the artist's stamp
Mail Art from the SOAS Archives & Special Collections and a sampler of his paintings and illustrated books
Mail Art from the SOAS Archives & Special Collections and a sampler of his paintings and illustrated books. An exhibition at the Brunei Galley SOAS until 23 March 2019.
- Artist Talk
- Africa in 2019: Prospects and Forecasts
Kumi Naidoo (Amnesty International), Razia Khan (Standard Chartered), Nanjala Nyabola (Writer and independent political analyst), Patrick Sam (National Art Council of Namibia),
The Royal African Society’s flagship events in London and Edinburgh, delivered in partnership with the British Council, to discuss and debate what 2019 holds in store for the continent.
- SOAS Somali Diaspora Conference: Challenges & Opportunities in UK
Join us for a one-day conference that aims to dispel issues at the heart of some misperception of the Somali Diaspora in the UK.
- GDAI Webinar Series #1 - Reflections on the Genesis of a Contemporary Ethiopian Feminist Movement with Dr Sehin Teferra
Dr Sehin Teferra
The first GDAI Webinar will premiere on February 19th with special guest Dr Sehin Teferra, who will discuss her recent work in the Ethiopian feminist movement.
- Artist Talks: Zarina Bhimji
- Sudan's Unfolding Revolution: A People's Demand for Freedom, Peace and Justice
Marwa Gibril (Sudan Doctors’ Union), Samah Bushra (Sudanese Community of London), Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
- Art and KANU Nationalism during Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s era (1963-1978): Re-vitalizing a Pan-African Legacy
Dr Donald K. Maingi
This paper argues that intellectual underpinnings of pan-Africanism influenced Kenya’s founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to commission foreign artists to reconstruct his myth and historical meta-narrative of KANU nationalism.
- Human Rights in the MENA Region: Challenges and Opportunities
Mishana Hosseinioun (University of Oxford), Moataz El Fegiery (Front Line Defenders), Melek Saral (SOAS)
Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.
- The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy
Professor Christopher Cramer (SOAS), Dr Tesfachew Taferre (UNCTAD), Dr Carlos Oya (SOAS), Dr Florian Schäfer (LSE)
The Oxford Handbook focuses on structural transformation to understand Ethiopia's unique model of development. From both academic and professional standpoints, this volume is a key reference work on the economy of Ethiopia and how the lessons learned can be applied to Africa more broadly.
Join us for the book launch and discussion with some of the key authors.
- SOAS African Development Forum 2019: "in.security"
Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki (NEPAD), Olutimehin Adegbeye, Siyanda Mohutsiwa, Wale Lawal(The Republic), Yinka Adegoke(Quartz Africa), Said El Hachimi (WTO counsellor) and many others
In March, the SOAS African Development Forum will present a conference on the current state of insecurity in Africa, and its prospects for development.
- #BringBack OurGirls - The Kidnapping of the Chibok Girls: Five Years On
Bulama Bukarti, Dr Elizabeth Pearson, Prof Fareda Banda, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode
A panel discussion at SOAS University of London with leading academics and experts in the field of gender, conflict and international law will examine the gendered nature of the Boko Haram conflict to explore how and why they are using these tactics and how we can tackle them going forward.
- Disarmament in Africa
Dr Eka Ikpe (Kings College London), Elli Kytomaki (Chatham House / EK Consulting) & Olamide Samuel (SOAS)
- GDAI Webinar Series #2 - 'Twists and Turns: the unpredictable trajectory of decentralization in Sierra Leone'
Dr Felix Marco Conteh
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Centre of African Studies at SOAS and SOAS Radio are delighted to announce that the speaker for our second webinar will be Dr Felix Marco Conteh, who completed his PhD at SOAS Univeristy of London in 2014 under the Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship programme.
Dr Conteh will deliver a webinar entitled 'Twists and Turns: the unpredictable trajectory of decentralization in Sierra Leone'
- Book Launch: 'Race for Education. Gender, White Tone, and Schooling in South Africa'
Mark Hunter will present is latest book 'Race for Education. Gender, White Tone, and Schooling in South Africa'
- International Justice in Africa
Justice Richard Goldstone, Dr Dan Plesch (CISD SOAS), + more TBC. Chair: Professor Fareda Banda (CAS SOAS)
- The Belt & Road Initiative: International Responses
This conference is designed to examine how this flagship foreign policy initiative of President Xi Jinping is affecting the key regions in the world along both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and how countries thus affected are responding.
- Caine Prize shortlisted writers in conversation
Cherrie Kandie, Ngwah-Mbo Nanan Nkweti, Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Meron Hadero
An evening with the shortlisted writers of the 2019 Caine Prize in conversation.
- Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold (1950-80s)
The stories, songs & experiences in Namibian popular culture during Apartheid, running until 21 September 2019
- SOAS-ALU Summer School
Sindi Gordon and others TBC
The first initiative is the SOAS-ALU Summer school on the theme of 'Leadership in Africa and in the African-Caribbean Diaspora' to take place at SOAS on 15-26 July 2019 by SOAS mentees from the Breaking Barriers mentoring scheme and ALU students.
- Documentary: Head Hunting: Searching for the Head of Sultan Mkwawa
Documentary film by Martin Baer (2001) depicting resistance to and rupture caused by the German colonial experience, focusing on the 1954 restitution of Chief Mkwawa’s skull.
- Vizazi Contemporary Visual Culture of Tanzania
The Vizazi workshop will present and discuss current research about Tanzania’s visual culture that is being carried out by emerging scholars and artists.
- Translating Poetries: a Symposium for Translation Practitioners
This symposium is a partnership project between the Poetry Translation Centre and SOAS, University of London. It will gather 50 leading translation practitioners from around the world to discuss the practice of translating poetry.
- Translating Possibilities
A public night of readings, performances, films and dance celebrating translated poetry moving beyond the page.
- Navigating Change in African Art - a conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah (philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist)
SOAS University of London's Centre of African studies and School of Arts are very pleased to announce the first event in the series in partnership with Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
- Abina and the Important Men (2017)
Director: Soumyaa Kapil
Abina and the Important Men is a lightly animated film adaptation of the award-winning graphic history by Trevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke.
- Think Like a White Man; Nels Abbey and Symeon Brown in conversation
Nels Abbey and Symeon Brown
Join Nels in conversation with Channel 4 reporter, Guardian writer and SOAS Alumni, Symeon Brown for an evening exposing the prejudices of the modern workplace.
- Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern
Liz Gunner, University of Johannesburg
- GDAI Webinar#3 - The Angolan political transition: challenges to find the right path for sustainable development - with Fernandes Wanda
Fernandes Wanda, current PhD student(Final Year)in Development Studies (awarded the Mo Ibrahim GDAI Scholarship) will discuss the recent Angolan political transition from a sustainable development perspective.
The webinar will be chaired by Professor Carlos Oya (SOAS)
- China-Africa and an Economic Transformation - Book discussion
Dr Arkebe Oqubay (Editor of the book/SOAS Alum), Prof Carlos Oya (SOAS) and Prof Stephen Chan (SOAS)
Authored by leading scholars on Africa, China and China-Africa relations, the book brings together stimulating and thought-provoking perspectives and deeper analysis.
- Women Go Green for Peace
The UK section of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) will be hosting its annual Autumn Seminar on Saturday, 23 November, at SOAS, University of London in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre from 10AM - 6PM
- Under-education in Africa: From Colonialism to Neoliberalism
Karim Hirji and Andrew Coulston (BTS)
- Artist Talk: Kudzanai-Violet Hwami in conversation with Sabel Gavaldon
- Area Studies and the Urgent Need for Global Intercultural Dialogue
Geir Helgesen (SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai), Chunrong Liu (Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai and NIAS, Copenhagen University), Rachel Harrison (SOAS)
In this roundtable discussion we propose that, given the precarious and fragile state of the world, it is essential for Area Studies to play a more important role.