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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.