SOAS University of London

Royal African Society

The Royal African Society (RAS) is an inclusive pan-African membership charity based in London that facilitates good relations and mutual understanding between the UK and Africa. Founded more than 100 years ago, the society works in the fields of academia and education, business, politics and policy, arts and culture. Through events, publications and digital channels the society shares insight and instigates debate, reaching a network of more than one million people globally. RAS has offices in the London International Development Centre (LIDC) in Gordon Square, London and maintains close links with the Centre of African Studies at the University of London, the  African Studies Association of the UK and the  Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh University.  Membership is open to all and is made up of people and organisations from a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds.

To help keep Africa high on the agenda in Government and at Parliament, the Society supports the  Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group, providing it with research and administrative assistance. The Group was founded in early 2003 and brings together MPs and Peers with an interest in Africa. It already has 156 members, making it one of the largest All Party Groups at Westminster.

African Affairs, first published in 1901, is Britain's leading Africa journal. A quarterly journal published by the Oxford University Press, it carries some 30 major articles a year on all aspects of Africa; political, social, environmental and historical. The journal also reviews recently published books on Africa.

For more information please visit the RAS website:


Royal African Society, 36 Gordon Square, London. WC1H 0PD

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