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.
- Marriage, Women Agency, and the Native Courts in Colonial Abeokuta, Nigeria
Morenikeji Asaaju (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
This study focuses on women and colonial courts in Abeokuta, southwestern Nigeria, in the early decades of the twentieth century. It examines the effects of colonial intervention on women and marriage.
- African Solutions, Global Challenges: The role of the Diaspora
This event will focus on the role of the African diaspora in shaping Africa’s present and future.
- Abiola Irele: The African Scholar and Other Essays
Mpalive Msiska (Birkbeck) and Bankole Olayebi (Bookcraft Nigeria)
A discussion about the legacy of Abiola Irele.
- Migration of Iranians (Shirazis) to East African Coasts and its Cultural Impacts
Amirbahram Arabahmadi (University of Tehran)
This talk focuses on historical relations of Iranians and east African coasts and specifically the immigration of a group of Iranians from Shiraz to the coasts and islands of East Africa about one thousand years ago.
- Artist talk series: Yinka Shonibare in Conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford
Yinka Shonibare, CBE and Dr Gus Casely-Hayford (Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)
Yinka Shonibare, CBE, and Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will discuss Shonibare’s career path as an artist and current projects—both in the UK and internationally.
- The 9th Annual International Igbo Conference CALL FOR PAPERS - Theme: Igbo Mobilities: People, Trade & Knowledge
The 9th Annual International Igbo Conference CALL FOR PAPERS Theme: Igbo Mobilities: People, Trade & Knowledge