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SOAS Africa Conference

Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development
20 - 21 July 2017 | 9:30AM - 9:00PM | Russell Square | Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre | SOAS, University of London

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.

To book a place, please click here to register
Organiser: Centre of African Studies
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SOAS/CAS Centenary Event

Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future?
29 March 2017 | 10:00AM-1:30 PM | University of Fort Hare | Alice Campus | Alice, Eastern Cape Province | South Africa | Room:Sport Complex |

Speaker: Professor Njabulo Ndebele
Professor Mashood Baderin

SOAS, University of London and The University of Fort Hare Centenary event, in collaboration with Canon Collins: The Inaugural Jabavu Lecture - Constituting the Nation, Beyond the Constitution: A South African Future?


SOAS Summer School
Summer Course: Understanding Africa

Date: 3 July - 21 July 2017Venue: SOAS, University of London

Centre of African Studies is pleased to announce the course 'Understanding Africa' will run again at SOAS's Summer School from 3 - 21 July 2017. From History and Politics to Languages and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main diverse academic areas of study within Africa. The course comprises a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, as well as museum visits and social events. For more information and how to apply please click here.

Coming-Up @ CAS

2017 Legacies of Biafra Conference
21 - 22 April 2017 | 9:00AM-7:00PM | Brunei Gallery | Room: BGLT | Brunei Suite | SOAS

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. As 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of war, this conference will provide a timely reflection on the war as a watershed moment in contemporary African history.

Reserve your ticket here

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From blogging to entrepreneurship: to Nooru Box

24 April 2017 | 5:15pm-7:00pm | Russell Square | College Building | Room: 4429

In this seminar, Virginie Ehonian will discuss her latest project, the Nooru Box, the first giftbox dedicated to Black Cultures.

Mainly interested in arts, Virginie Ehonian began her artistic journey at André Magnin’s Parisian office. Another cartography of contemporary art was spread out in front of her. Writing about art and researching about African Arts became her daily activities. Her MA in International Cooperation of Africa and Middle East (Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, 2015), gave her the keys to think new ways to promote African cultures and heritages.

The idea behind the Nooru Box is to reconnect African perspectives to the world of nowadays and the contemporary through the prism or art.

Speaker: Virginie Ehonian 

Chair: Raquel Villar-Pérez

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Peacebuilding in Guinea-Bissau: Cultural Dialogues and Breaking the Impasse
28 April 2017 | 2:00PM - 9:00PM | Room: Great Hall | King's College London |

Toby Green, Lucy Duran, Manecas Costa, Ibrahima Galissa, Jose Lingna Nafafe, Nayanka Perdigao

With the on-going political crisis in Guinea-Bissau showing no sign of resolution, and no effective government for much of 2016, this one-day workshop funded by the British Academy BARSEA scheme brings together leading historians and musicians from the country to explore alternative dialogues towards peace through culture.

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SOAS' Centenary Event

SOAS' Centenary and Campaign Celebration | Lagos, Nigeria
27 April 2017 | 5.30pm - 11pm | The Civic Centre | Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue | Opposite 1004 | Victoria Island | Lagos, Nigeria |

Join SOAS Director, Valerie Amos, for SOAS' Centenary celebrations in Lagos, Nigeria. An expert panel, chaired by Dr Emilia Onyema will discuss 'The Girl-Child education in Nigeria: problems and prospects.' Alumni including Professor Graham Furniss, Former Professor of African Language Literature at SOAS, will also share their memories of the School. We will also be joined by Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate and SOAS Honorary Fellow.

The full program and speakers will be announced soon!

RSVP here

Call for Applications & Papers



Centre of African Studies offers 3 MSc and 1 PhD scholarship to African residents as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 

Find more information on how to apply to the MSc scholarships here.

Find more information on how to apply to the PhD scholarships here.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

For further information contact


Leventis Fellowship

The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.

The Leventis Research Co-operation Programme is devised to assist younger scholars develop their research interests in collaboration with their counterparts in London. Applicants are invited to apply to spend three months as visitors of the Centre of African Studies in order to pursue their research in libraries and archives and to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre.

Deadline for Applications: 31 March 2016
For Details on how to apply, please click here


Asixoxe – Let’s Talk! SOAS Conference on African Philosophy
5th-6th May 2017 | Russell Square Campus | SOAS, University of London | 2nd-3rd May | Centre of Global Studies | Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences | Prague |

Call for Paper
SOAS’s Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa and the Centre of Global Studies of the Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences invite you to explore these questions through a lecture series on African science-fiction and the fourth edition of Asixoxe--Let’s Talk!, the SOAS annual conference on African philosophy.
        We invite contributions to the conference; Please confirm your participation and submit the titles and abstracts (100-150 words) of your papers by 1st April 2017 to
 For details, please see the Call for Paper attached

Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa – national and regional developments Conference
26-27 October 2017

Call for Papers

Queen Mary University of London’s Criminal Justice Centre together with the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London invite paper abstract submissions for their proposed conference: Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa – national and regional developments.  
Abstracts of 500-700 words should be submitted to in WORD format by 15 April 2017.
See attached for Details 


Annual Conference
Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?
Monday 11 September 2017
The National Library of Scotland

Call for Paper
This conference will explore digitised archives relating to Africa and how they are being used. We would welcome papers relating to archives across a range of media including documents and manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, historical printed collections, audio-visual material, historical artefacts and born-digital material.
Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference. Papers with a strong connection to Scotland will be favourably considered.
Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Sarah Rhodes at by 24 April 2017.

Introducing the British Institute in Eastern Africa's Advanced Research Methods Summer School-2017
The British Institute in Eastern Africa is accepting applications to its three-week 2017 Summer School in Kenya.
 The Summer School targets graduate students from the humanities and social sciences departments from across the world. The aim is to provide advanced practical and field-based training in research methods. The students will spend ten days in the field putting into practice various research methods.
For more information, see attached


Migration and Transition – Roots and Routes
Yorkshire African Studies Network conference
18 -19 May 2017 | University of Hull |

Call for Paper
This 2 day interdisciplinary conference aims to create an inclusive and supportive space for post-graduate scholars, academics and community members to come together in a supportive environment, to provide a platform of critical thinking, exchange of ideas and to promote inter-relationships between academics, researchers, the community and non-academics.

Abstracts of 250 words and poster presentations to be sent to:  by the 30th March 2017
For details, see attached

Other Events in Africa

LSE-UCT July School, Cape Town, South Africa
The LSE UCT JULY School is an exciting intensive academic programme taught in English by world-leading faculty from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) in the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
The fifth LSE-UCT July School from 17 - 28 July 2017 provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.
A £150 'early bird' discount is also available for all fully completed applications received by 15th April 2017.

Art Exhibitions

Benchmarks: New Prints by El Anatsui

New Prints by El Anatsui 

at October Gallery
Private View 5th April 2017 | 6.00pm - 8.30pm | Opening speeches at 7.15 pm.

October Gallery, London, is excited to announce the preview of a new body of print works by El Anatsui, Benchmarks, created in collaboration with Factum Arte, an extraordinary studio based in Madrid renowned for its synergy of past, present and future techniques.


Soly Cissé, Series G3, 2016


Angelica Baschiera

Ponsiano Bimeny
Office Support
(Mondays Only)
Anna De Mutiis
Executive Officer

Raquel Villar-Pérez 
Galleries Liaison

(Thursdays Only)
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