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January 2015
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Centre of African Studies Term 1 Events

Book Talk: "The Politics of African Industrial Policy"

5 October  | 5:15 pm - 7 pm | Room 4429

part of the Economic Transformation in Africa Working Group
SOAS University of London

Lindsay Whitfield will discuss her new book published by Cambridge University Press. This book engages in the debate on growth versus economic transformation and the importance of industrial policy, presenting a comprehensive framework for explaining the politics of industrial policy. Using comparative research to theorize about the politics of industrial policy in countries in the early stages of capitalist transformation that also experience the pressures of elections due to democratization, this book provides four in-depth African country studies that illustrate the challenges to economic transformation and the politics of implementing industrial policies.
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Baraza: Swahili Conference at SOAS
31 October 2015 | 9 am - 5 pm | Room 4429
*The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 10 October 2015*

Call for papers: Abstracts are invited for short presentations at this one day conference addressing any aspect of the language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy or diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world. The aim of the meeting is to foster academic interaction and exchange about new or emerging research, developing ideas and interests for mutual benefit among Swahili scholars and students.

**Please email your 250-300 word abstract and title of your presentation (in English or Swahili) to: or by 10 October 2015**

Free registration will take place on the day of the conference, but a preliminary programme will made available before the conference. Tea and coffee will be provided. This conference is organised by the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies. 

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Timbuktu Seminar - An Illustrated talk by Alexander Huddleston
 15 October 2015  | 1 pm - 3 pm | Room 116

SOAS, University of London

Timbuktu, at the edge of the vast Sahara Desert, was little known in the West—except as a byword for the remote and exotic—until militant Islamist groups destroyed many of its religious shrines and ancient manuscripts in 2012. The project 333 Saints: A Life of  scholarship in Timbuktu  (333 Saints : l’esprit du savoir à Tombouctou) captures a way of life and learning as it was shortly before the militants overran the city. The photographs depict a moment in time now almost gone, fading into history. They show a culture of moderate Islam that is under threat—a deeply rooted, ancient Islamic tradition of tolerance, erudition, and faith—and a city that has built its very identity around scholarship and a love of books and learning.

The photographs tell a story of discovery: exploring a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture, that of the ancient manuscript libraries of Timbuktu and the culture of scholarship that created them.

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The Centre for Film Studies' First African Film Lecture: The Cinema and its Publics in Africa
19 October | 5:15 pm - 7 pm | Room 4429
in collaboration with the SOAS Centre for Film Studies

with Dr Litheko Modisane (University of Cape Town)


Dr. Litheko Modisane is a Senior Lecturer (Television Studies) in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. Modisane’s scope of interests includes repertoires of symbolic representations in the contemporary political public sphere in South Africa. He is currently writing a book on Nelson Mandela as a cinematic and televisual subject, particularly with regard to how meanings of liberation are constructed or deconstructed around his portrayals on film. Modisane is the author of South Africa’s Renegade Reels: The Making and Public Lives of Black-Centred Films, (Palgrave Macmillan (New York) 2013). The book focuses on the public lives of iconic black-centred films in South Africa, from the colonial to the post-apartheid eras. Such films, Modisane’s work demonstrates, are catalysts for public reflections on social and political issues germane to anti-apartheid politics and fledgling democracies. Modisane contributes to a wide range of topics within the fields of film and television.

Chair: Dr. Lindiwe Dovey
Discussant: Dr Carli Coetzee

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This event is sponsored by the Centre of Film Studies and The Levehulme Trust


Why so much interest in China-Africa Links?
23 October | 7 pm - 9 pm | Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
in association with the SOAS China Institute and the Young China Watchers (YCW)

The interest in China's engagement with Africa has grown fast in the past 10 years. This reflects both real trends in trade, investment and labour flows, but also a clash of perceptions about their potential impact on the development prospects of African economies and societies. This seminar will tackle the basis for these different views and how empirically-grounded work often challenges well-established perceptions about China-Africa relations.

Speaker: Dr. Carlos Oya (SOAS)
Moderator: Raffaello Pantucci (RUSI and founder of YCW)

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Africa & Renewable Energy
21 October | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
in association with the Business Council for Africa

The Centre of African Studies will be holding a joint event with the Business Council for Africa to highlight the issues facing the renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa is consistently confronted with power shortages; more than 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without electricity and it is estimated that nearly three-quarters of the electricity demand in sub-Saharan Africa will come from industrial and commercial users by 2040. Consequently, investors are examining renewable energy projects to provide a solution to the energy crisis. Africa's largest privately owned solar power plant is launching this year in Uganda, part of a plan to develop mostly renewable energy electrical power projects in 17 African countries, Reuters reports. The renewable energy sector is fast growing and has the potential to positively impact infrastructure development for the future. 

Speakers: Professor Rosaleen Duffy (SOAS), Bob Chestnut (NIES), Yacob Mulugetta (UCL)
Click here to register and for more information please contact the Business Council for Africa


Other Drugs: Speculative Capital, Pharmaceutical Markets, and Hustling the Day in Nigeria
22 October 5:00 - 7:00 pm | SOAS, London | Room 4426

In association with the SOAS School of Law, the Centre of African Studies will host a research Seminar with Kris Peterson discussing her latest book "Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria" (Duke University Press). Drawing on the stories and lives of industry executives, pharmaceutical market traders, industry and academic pharmacists, drug marketers, narcotics traders, and regulatory officials, Peterson describes the making of drug chemistries and market dynamics in the aftermath of 1980s liberalization. She particularly focuses on the intertwined nature of pharmaceutical industry speculation and speculative practices found in Nigerian drug markets. Both must anticipate immense market volatility while managing new risks and chronic uncertainty. In tying market actors to both local and transcontinental economic strategies, the book resituates how we think about market making and non-equilibrium theories of neoliberalism in the postcolony and beyond. More information to come.


Sudan & South Sudan Seminar Series
The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, and the Sudan Society of the UK are pleased to announce the Sudan/South Sudan Seminar Series 2015/2016. The series brings together academics and practitioners concerned with contemporary Sudan and South Sudan to deliver an interdisciplinary series of seminars. We shall discuss a range of legal, economic, political and cultural issues and seek insight into current and future developments in the Sudans.

All seminars will be in room 4429 from 5:15 pm - 7 pm

16 November 2015 - Arms and the Men: Who sells weapons, who uses them, who is killed by them

Arms now flow unchecked around both Sudan and South Sudan and they kill thousands of civilians each year in both countries. Conflict has raged in South Sudan for over half a century, both before and after independence from Sudan in 2011, while since the Islamist regime seized power in Khartoum in 1989, it has been at war with its own citizens and has become one of Africa's biggest arms producers, partly thanks to its military pact with Iran. The panel will discuss who is circulating these weapons and why.

Chair: Gill Lusk

Speaker: Mike Lewis (Lead Investigator, Conflict Armament Research)

7 December 2015 - Agricultural Potential in the Sudans: past experience and future outlook
The prospects for Sudan and South Sudan to become major agricultural producers have been deliberated for over a century.  Modern schemes began in the Anglo-Egyptian period.  Most have failed or had limited success.  Experts from the field will discuss the failures and successes of these projects and evaluate the pros and cons of the continued pursuit of modern intensive crop production. Both countries intend to build more dams along the Nile and to attract foreign producers through competitive land lease and tax breaks.  The panellists will highlight the likely social, environmental and economic impacts of these policies.

Chair: Mawan Muortat (SSUK)
Speakers: Mohamed Al Nour Adam (Sudanese Marine Biologist), Maurits Ertsen (Delft University of Technology, NL)

11 January 2016 - Telling the Story Their Way: The Arts & Social Action in the Sudans
Culture in the Sudans has for some time been relegated to the scholarly margins, yet the expressive arts play an important role in inspiring reflection, challenging power, promoting identities and restoring individual and community morale. This panel will feature Ali MAhdi Nouri and John Martin, two prominent practitioners of theatre for social development, whose work with child soldiers and between victims and aggressors in Darfur and South Sudan respectively aims to facilitate social reintegration and to promote peace and reconciliation.

Chairs: Angela Impey (SOAS) and Mariya Hassan (SOAS)
Speakers: Ali Mahdi Nour (Albuggaa Theatre Sudan; Unesco Artist for Peace), John Martin (PanArts, London)

15 February 2016 - The Use of Law as an Instrument of Power in Sudan and South Sudan
Multiple regimes, harking back to colonial times, have used law as an instrument of power in Sudan and this tendency has continued. The present regime in Sudan has from the very outset used decrees and legislation to entrench and broaden the power of the state and its agents. It has also employed the law as a means to pursue its project of building an Islamic state by adopting Shari'a law. Gendered personal status and public order laws are an integral part of this project. This seminar examines the extent to which the regime in Sudan has employed the law since 1989, and the underlying rationale and effectiveness of  initiatives, including with reference to the role of the judiciary and other actors. It considers emerging parallels in South Sudan, such as the broad National Security Services Law adopted in 2015. The seminar will also reflect on resistance to the use of law as an instrument of power in Sudan and South Sudan, and the challenges faced by those advocating legal reforms and greater rights protection.

Chair: Dr Lutz Oette (SOAS)
Discussant: Professor Mashood Baderin (SOAS)

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Book Discussion: "Administration and Taxation in Former Portuguese Africa, 1900-1945"
9 November 2015 | 5:15 pm - 7 pm

edited by P J Havik, A Keese, and M Santos | published by Cambridge Scholars
Speaker: Philip J Havik

In recent years, the question of colonial taxation has become a topic in the academic debate on colonial empires and has led to a comparative, long-term focus on its impact in African societies. Given that former Portuguese colonies in Africa have been largely absent from this debate, this book offers new perspectives on taxation and colonial rule, and the first detailed and comprehensive study of fiscal administration. Besides dealing with the economic and financial aspects of empire, the book interprets the social experience of African populations through their interaction with colonial institutions. Based on a thorough and probing qualitative and quantitative analysis of published and unpublished data, it places taxation in a broad social context for the period between the full military control of the territories and the end of WW II. Thus, whilst engaging with ongoing debates on comparative African economic and political history, the book provides a key contribution to research on African social change.
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

Chair: Professor William Clarence-Smith, SOAS
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The English-Everywhere Agenda in Education in a Highly Multilingual Cameroon: towards a recipe for disaster? by Dr Seraphin Kamdem (SOAS)
 23 November 2015 | 5:15 pm - 7 pm | Room 4429
SOAS University of London

This seminar will discuss the recent developments of the English-everywhere agenda in the school education system and critically present some of the pedagogic and operational challenges faced by this contentious agenda.

Dr Seraphin Kamdem holds a  PhD from SOAS. His doctoral thesis focused on African languages and education, investigating multilingual adult literacy in the rural areas of Cameroon, in Africa. His initial research into adult literacy as a psycholinguistic skill and an educational activity expanded into investigating issues of social status and identities of adult learners, grassroots agency and institutional development, local ownership and community response, all mediated through literacy as an endogenous and community-based enterprise.

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China in Africa Workshop
12 - 13 November 2015 | 9 am- 5 pm | Room T101/T102
in association with the SOAS China Institute
SOAS, University of London

The Centre of African studies and the SOAS China Institute will present  a high level workshop on the broad theme ‘China in Africa’. The two day workshop, by invitation only, will bring together senior scholars from the UK, China, Africa and the US to discuss issues around investments and economic opportunity by Chinese companies in Africa.

The Workshop will be closed by an evening public Keynote lecture, on Wednesday 13 November 2015 given by leading expert on this topic, Dr Deborah Bräutigam.

Is China building a new empire in rural Africa? Over the past decade, China's meteoric rise on the continent has raised a drumbeat of alarm. Few topics are as controversial and emotionally charged as the belief that the Chinese government is aggressively buying up huge tracts of prime African land to grow food to ship back to China. 

In this keynote lecture closing the two days long China in Africa Workshop, Deborah Bräutigam will discuss the myths and realities behind the media headlines. He careful research challenges the conventional wisdom: Chinese farming investments are in fact surprisingly limited, and land acquisitions modest. Defying expectations, China actually exports more food to Africa than it imports. Is this picture likely to change? And what role will China play?

Bräutigam's lecture will also explore the role of the people and the politics that will shape the future of this engagement: the state-owned Chinese agribusiness firms that pioneered African farming in the 1960s and the entrepreneurial private investors who followed them. 

For more information and to register contact:

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Residential School 2016
Governance for Development in Africa Initiative 
To be held 21 to 25 March 2016

Organised by:
Centre of African Studies, SOAS-University of London
Supported by:
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in association with SOAS and the Centre of African Studies-University of London is organising a Residential School
21-25 March 2016 on the topic of ‘Governance and Development in Africa’.
The residential school is for 20 participants who are policy makers, academics, researchers or civil society representatives from any African country who will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development. We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.
Applicants should have at least a MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa.

The official language of the School is English.
All costs for successful applicants, including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meals, will be covered.  No per diem.
Applications should include:
  1. 2 page max CV (including email address for correspondence)
  2. One reference letter (can be emailed directly by referee to
  3. Proposal of max 1000 words outlining research interest and/or professional background and how the applicant will benefit from attending the Residential School
Deadline for applications: 15 December 2015 

Please refer to the website for more information or contact
Events & Seminars in the UK

Democracy in Africa
Monday 5 October 2015 | Brunei Suite, SOAS, Russell Square | 6:30 - 8:30pm
Speakers: Professor Nic Cheeseman (Oxford); Professor Stephen Chan OBE (SOAS); Dr Phil Clark (SOAS); other speakers TBDmai

Join us for the launch of Democracy in Africa which provides the first comprehensive overview of the history of contemporary democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa and explains why the continent's democratic experiments have so often failed, as well as how they could succeed.

Beginning in the colonial period with the introduction of multi-party elections and ending in 2013 with the collapse of democracy in Mali and South Sudan, the book describes the rise of authoritarian states in the 1970s; the attempts of trade unions and some religious groups to check the abuse of power in the 1980s; the remarkable return of multiparty politics in the 1990s; and finally, the tragic tendency for elections to exacerbate corruption and violence.

During this event the author Professor Nic Cheeseman and a panel of experts will explore some of the most important questions facing Africa and democracy today.

To confirm your attendance at this event, please register on Eventbrite


Centre of African Studies Seminars at the University of Cambridge

Weekly Seminars held at 5pm on Mondays in Michaelmas and Lent Term

October 19:
Disruptive Listening in Times of Conflict: The Poet of War and Citizenship in Dinka cattle songs in South Sudan

October 26:
Popular Fiction in Post-apartheid South Africa

November 2:
The Rifle, The Quill, and the Rosary: Competing sources of political legitimacy in Mali

November 9:
On Folles, Swageurs and other Ambianceurs; Popular Culture and Queer Extraversion in Urban Congo

November 16:
Media Influences in Contemporary Rwandan Dance Performances


The LUCAS Annual Lecture 2015 - Wole Soyinka
8 October 2015 | 5:15 - 6:45pm 
Conference Auditorium 1, University of Leeds

 ‘Narcissus and other Pall Bearers: Morbidity as Ideology’
This is a free event and all are welcome
Supported by the School of English
For further details contact Dr Shane Doyle,


Book Launch and Reception: Making Sense of the Central African Republic
7 October 2015 | Senior Common Room, 5th Floor, LSE Old Building, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Speaker: Tatiana Carayannis 

The LSE Justice and Security Research Programme is delighted to host Tatiana Carayannis, Deputy Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council, on 7 October to launch her new book Making Sense of the Central African Republic.

The book provides a welcome resource on the political and economic history of a country at the heart of a troubled region and includes chapters from a range of country experts. Along with co-editor Louise Lombard, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale, Carayannis has produced an authoritative volume on a country that until now has been greatly under-researched.
In order to assist with numbers for catering please RSVP to Intdev.jsrp
@lse.ak no later than 30 September.

Is Africa Rising?: a personal perspective from Winnie Byanyima
12 October 2015 | Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Speaker: Winnie Byanyima
Chair: Dr Duncan Green

Winnie will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda, and discuss the true nature of Africa’s growth story and how we must tackle crisis of inequality in Africa.

Born in Uganda, Winnie Byanyima (@Winnie_Byanyima) is the Executive Director of Oxfam International. She has been a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building, spanning the diplomatic, multilateral, legislative and civil society arenas. She founded Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a leading NGO in Uganda and has served at the African Union Commission and at the United Nations Development Programme as Director of Gender and Development.



South African Discussion Group
Michaelmas Termcard, 2015

All events are held on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Pavilion Room, St Antony’s College
20 October:
The foolish build dams: the paradoxes of South Africa's nuclear disarmament’, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Oxford University
3 November:
South Africa’s Female Comrades: Gender and Student Resistance in Soweto, 1984-1989, Emily Bridger, University of Exeter
17 November:
Indebtedness in South Africa: Mediating capitalism, Deborah James, LSE.
24 November:
Democracy as Death: The moral order of anti-liberal politics in South Africa, Jason Hickel, LSE.



Black History Month, Film Screening & Discussion with Dr Jan Etienne: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
15 October 2015 | 8:30 - 10:00pm
Stratford Square Picturehouse, 1 Salway Rd, Stratford, London
Free entry; booking required

The remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) takes center stage. Though he had humble beginnings as a herd boy in a rural village, Mandela became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth League. His activities eventually led to his imprisonment on Robben Island from 1964 to 1990. In 1994, Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa.
Dr Jan Etienne is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development studies at Birkbeck. Her PhD thesis engaged with narrative inquiry exploring the learning lives of older black women.  Her publications include Black Managers in FE (2007); Dilemmas in researching lifelong learning and ‘race’ (2009); Beyond the home: Informal learning and community participation (2011); Lifelong learning in later years: choices and constraints (2012); Freedom to learn: Narratives of Caribbean women (forthcoming book).

Book Here 


Beyond Goodluck: Boko Haram's Insurgency and Security in Northeast Nigeria
Africa Research Group, African Leadership Centre
Tuesday 6 October 2015 | 4:00 - 6:00pm | London, United Kingdom 

Two hours, four speakers, networking, refreshments, and a robust research-based and journalistic conversation on Boko Haram’s insurgency and its broader implications. Register Here


Book Discussion: "The Development State: Aid, Culture and Civil Society in Tanzania" with Maia Green
Thursday 29 October 2015 | UCL, London

How has development affected the practices of the state in Africa? How has the development state become the basis of social organisation? How do Tanzanians position themselves to obtain aid money to effect change in their personal lives? Financial aid flows have entrenched an economy of intervention in which the main beneficiaries are those who can claim to undertake development activities. Even for those not formally engaged in the development sector, its discourses influence everyday discussion about class and inequality, poverty and wealth, modernity and tradition. With Tanzania as the country focus, the author shows how the practices of development have infiltrated not only the state at large but many aspects of people's everyday lives.

The seminar will be held in the appropriately named 'Grand Challenges Common Ground' space on the ground floor of the South Wing, Wilkins Building at UCL. To find the room enter UCL through the main gate on Gower Street and the South Wing is across the quad on your right. Any enquiries please contact Claire Mercer ( or Ben Page (




Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture 
15 October 2015 at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS
6pm - 7pm

The 2015 Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture will be given by Dr Peace Medie and the title of the lecture is Women, Security, and Justice: Enforcing Gender-Based Violence Laws in Post-Conflict African States
Dr Medie is a research fellow in the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana.  Her research and teaching interests include international relations, gender and international security, and civilian protection. 



Event: Migration and Global African Diasporas
Tuesday 3 November | 5:15 - 7:45pm
Institute of Common Wealth Studies, University of London
Beford Room (G37), Ground Floor, South Block, Senate House
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

View the event flyer and schedule


Support the Black Poppy Rose project

From 1914 to 1918 the Great War took place. Africans from all over the world volunteered to serve their "Mother Countries". This is an important part of African history that must not be forgotten. Support the Black Poppy Rose project by purchasing a rose for £2 as sign of remembrance.

For more information on the project and information regarding upcoming exhibits contact or call 07866430733

Art, Music, Literature & Film 

Europe's leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art will return to London for its third edition from the 15th to the 18th of October 2015. A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair's ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. 


1:54 needs your support. 1:54’s guided tours, lectures, film screenings, panel debates and Exhibition Catalogue create a foundation from which the creative careers of young artists, collectors, curators, gallerists and writers can be developed. Collaboration and exchange are fundamental. Such interaction allows connections to be made between different generations of international creative professionals and the general public. This is best facilitated by FORUM, a critical conversation series curated by Koyo Kouoh, where expertise and innovation is shared with the public free of charge.

Please support 1:54's kickstarter campaign as they seek to print their Exhibition Catalogues. This publication offers an unparalleled opportunity to disseminate wider voices and perspectives from the African continent. 

CAS supports 1:54

International Conference - Artist and Empire: New Dynamics
1790 to the present day
Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium
24 - 26 November 2015


We are pleased to announce that Tate is holding a major conference in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London and Culture at King’s College London, to mark the opening of the exhibition Artist and Empire. Scholars, curators and artists from around Britain and the world will consider art created under the conditions of the British Empire, its aftermath, and its future in museum and gallery displays. Scholarship has expanded over the last two decades across a span of disciplines and locations. This conference takes the historic opportunity of the exhibition, featuring diverse artists from the sixteenth century to the present day, to bring together people to meet and share the latest research being developed around this subject. The papers, roundtables and audience discussions will consider the cosmopolitan character of objects and images, and the way geographical, cultural and chronological dislocations have in many instances obscured, changed or suppressed their history, significance and aesthetics. We will also explore how approaches to contemporary art, archives, curation and collecting can help develop new ways to look at them now. 

For further information please contact the conference administrator, Jessica Knights, at
8 October - 21 November 2015

October Gallery, London, will present an exhibition by Aubrey Williams, introducing works previously unseen. Aubrey Williams' distinctive contribution to 20th century British art as a master of painterly abstraction is increasingly recognized; a contemporary of Alan Davie and Peter Lanyon, Williams’ work invites productive comparison but has yet to receive comparable attention. Williams was an integral part of the explosion of creativity and optimism amongst Caribbean writers, artists and intellectuals in London at the time. This cultural ferment was exemplified in the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM), established in 1966. Williams was a founder member of CAM and participated fully in its activities.


This online auction of contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora features recognised artists, including: Cheri Samba, Julien Sinzogan, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ephrem Solomon and Owusu-Ankomah. This year the auction will also focus on work by artists from the African diaspora, including Chris Ofili, Sokari Douglas Camp  and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Estimates range from £500 up to £36,000 - making it appealing to both first-time buyers and international collectors of contemporary art.
View the auction catalouge
Pictured: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Cemetery, Est.: £36,000 - 45,000

Exhibition: Aimé Mpane,
No More Candy

16th - 28th October 2015

The Auction Room is delighted to be working in collaboration with NOMAD Gallery (Brussels/ Miami) to present Aimé Mpane’s first solo exhibition in the UK: No More Candy. The title of the exhibition critiques the western tendency of superficial gestures to the Congo, such as giving sweets to children, rather than a long-term, holistic strategy. Click here for more information.

Established in 2006, Bloomsbury Festival is a creative explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events held in the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of one of London’s most vibrant cultural quarters. This area has a unique blend of academic institutions, businesses, cultural organisations and diverse communities. The Festival celebrates the best of Bloomsbury and its pioneering attitude. We’re not just a showcase for the area – we act as a catalyst to bring together artists and academics, scientists and dancers, or musicians and publishers, to make new projects and to inspire and learn from each other. The Festival also delivers community engagement projects which give a voice and new skills to young people, older people and disabled people. Outside of the Festival period, we deliver projects such as the ‘Festival in a Box’ into care homes.

For more about the Bloomsbury Festival, please visit the website.


Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London, 10 July 2015 to 24 January 2016

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 is an important public art and archives exhibition – the first of its kind in the UK. Set in the heart of the City of London within the Guildhall Art Gallery, No Colour Bar combines contemporary fine art and archival artefacts and objects, featuring the works of seminal Black British artists and historically significant Black activists. 
Surrounding the six-month exhibition there is a dynamic public programme of events, the first of which is a critically important Artists' Talk on 13 July at Guildhall Art Gallery. “Framing Black Visual Art” features Eddie Chambers and Errol Lloyd in conversation with Tate curator, Sonia Dyer. Artist, curator and historian, Chambers’ latest book, Black Artists in British Art is a seminal text and award winning writer, artist Lloyd's significant impact in defining the Black arts movement has been an influential on stage, on canvas and in publishing.
Join in to take action and move the debate forward.Don’t miss this event of the season. Email for information about how to book tickets for Framing Black Visual Art
Grand Opening: The Tyburn Gallery
Opening September 2015

As featured on Forbes, the Tyburn Gallery is dedicated to international contemporary art, providing insight into the African contemporary arts scene while engaging with the socio-politics of Africa. The gallery exhibits, represents and champions established artists and younger talents from a global range of evolving art scenes, with Africa as a point of departure.

For more informatoin contact or visit the website 

The Bernie Grant Archive at the Bishopgate Institute

The Bernie Grant Archive which consists of papers, books, magazines, memorabilia, audio and video materials and hundreds of photographs gives an amazing insight into the experience of a generation of black and minority ethnic citizens who arrived in Britain in the post-war period. Upcoming events and courses at Bishopsgate Institute offer you the chance to explore this unique archive, while complimentary events look at the role music played in shaping the black British experience in the 1970s and 80s. Find out more.

TANGLE CAFÉ: at Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects
Doors Open at 7pm; the Tangle Company performance and food will be from 7.30pm

The centre point for the evening will be the premiere of a new poetic piece by Paula B Stanic entitled STEERING THROUGH STARS. Performed in township theatre style by Tangle Company, our resident ensemble drawn from the best of the UK’s African Caribbean theatre talent, STEERING THROUGH STARS features music arranged by Allyson Devenish and is directed by me. Be the first to catch it before it tours across the South West until February 2016.  
The Café also incorporates the launch of our new Discovery Project, NAVIGATION:GLOBAL and our annual Tangle art commission, Small Lies and Half Truths by talented conceptual artist Paula Morison. It really is a night not to be missed!
TANGLE CAFÉ takes place from 7pm on Friday, 27th November at our Patron, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects Africa, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, Hackney, London, E8 4QL. Free Afro-Cornish fusion food will be served but please bring your own drink.
We really hope you can join us this year to network, enjoy inspiring performances and celebrate. Here is a little taster of what to expect:
Conferences in the UK & Abroad
International Conference and Exhibition:
Sexuality and Culture in Postcolonial Africa

Venue: the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
November 20-22, 2015

This conference, themed “Sexuality and Culture in Postcolonial Africa”, examines the history, role, evolution and patterns of sexuality in African societies and the transitions and changes in the perception of sexuality, if any, alongside shifts and reversals in gendered roles in the post-colonial turn. It will also explore the interface of sex, religion, fashion, politics and sexuality. Within the bounds of its aims and goals, the conference will be concerned with the influence of inter(net)nationalism and the social media on the anatomy of sexuality in Africa.

Please view the conference flyer for further details regarding panels and sub-themes.

To participate, submit an abstract of not more than 200 words to before September 30, 2015. Abstracts should indicate the key words and the author’s institutional affiliations.Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by October10, 2015. The most suitable papers from the conference will be collated and peer-reviewed for journal and book publications.

The organizers will not be responsible for accommodation and feeding of participants. Although the conference organizers may assist in locating and reserving accommodations, they will not be committed to participants financially.

Call for papers: Creativity, Culture and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora
African Conference 2016
University of Texas, Austin
March 24-27, 2016

Creativity, culture and identity are inter-related.  Closely allied to the idea of genius, the discourse of creativity has privileged the individual subject whose Promethean determination, originality, and passion bring into being art, innovation, and excellence.  This humanist understanding of creativity still has considerable currency in disciplines such as literature and the arts, psychology, mathematics and the sciences.  Related accounts of creativity and the imagination have emerged in numerous other areas, including business, popular psychology, the social sciences, and engineering and technology.  The discourse of creativity that surfaces within multiple fields reveals that the notion of the individual creator is not simply widespread, but omnipresent; indeed, it is a fundamental ideology of Western culture.The conference invites papers on all aspects of creativity, identity and culture from the artistic to the scientific and the humanistic. Various disciplines have addressed this issue focusing on how new practices emerge, how individual creators package ideas, and how their ideas transform the landscape.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is November 23, 2015. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. Please submit all abstracts to and Toyin Falola:

Call for Papers: African Diaspora Conference
California State University, Sacremento
The Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution
Deadline for submission of proposals: December 1, 2015

We invite papers that address these issues from different disciplinary perspectives across the continent and its diaspora, theoretically or empirically, and through sound research methodology, rigorous data analysis and with thoughtful recommendations. We strongly encourage submission of proposals that are based on empirical Case Studies and Best Practice Models pertinent to the conference theme, with both strong problem analysis and recommendations for program or policy solutions, including formal and informal disputing/justice processes or institutions, or community based approaches of ‘law-in-action,’ which may reveal promising models of a culture of peace. We will be especially interested in papers/proposals that address one or more of the following sub-themes:

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); Peace Education/Peace Studies in Schools and Universities; Restorative Justice; Peace-building, Peace-making, and  Peace-keeping; Access to Justice and Rule of Law; Traditional/Community Justice; Electoral Conflict Resolution; Women and Peace; the Youth and Peace; Social Media/Technology in Conflict Resolution; Managing/Resolving Violence and Terrorism; Peace Leadership Development; Managing Community/Family Violence/Conflicts; Religion/Interfaith Organizations in Conflict Resolution; Respect for Human Rights and Multiculturalism and Diversity, Conflict Mapping & Early Warning, Business & Dispute Resolution, Governance Reform/Democratization and Conflict, Ethnic Identity and Peace, Inequality and Questions of Social Justice, etc.

2015 Africa Peace Conference: Peace, Security an Human Development in Africa
October 29 - 31 | Accra-Ghana | Africana Conference Centre

The 2nd Africa Peace Conference is organized by the Africa Center for Peace Building, Ghana in collaboration with the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and supported by Senyo Global Group, Teachers Without Borders, Global Educators for All Initiative and Passion House International.

A highly selective group of delegates from around Africa and the world will be in attendance, including heads of educational institutions and organizations, Ambassadors for Peace, security professionals, human development experts, regional organizations, religious leaders, youth and women leaders, civil society leaders and politicians. In addition to the various special sessions of the conference on peace, security, education, health, family affairs, religion and politics, delegates will be offered a wide range of opportunities to visit places and institutions in Ghana, as well as meet with representatives of the government, educational institutions, and the private sector.

For more information, please visit the Africa Peace Conference Website
Jobs, Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

The Cambridge African Film Festival will take place from 16 to 24 October 2015

CAFF is a completely voluntarily run event. Last year we were able to put together an exciting festival programme thanks to the fantastic work of all the volunteers involved. We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the team! The volunteers meeting will be on Wednesday 30 September from 5 to 6.30 PM at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse Café, when you will meet the Volunteers Coordinator, Wale Awoyinka, the Festival Director, Estrella Sendra, and the Deputy Director, Jenny Thornton. Please send us your application before then. We are looking forward to meeting you!

The timetable is very flexible, it depends on how many hours you can devote to the festival. The usual shift is of four hours in a day, so this would be the minimum that we would need from you. Please click here for more details on volunteer opportunities available with CAFF.

If you are interested in any of the above positions or just in being part of the volunteers team, don’t hesitate to get in touch! It would be great if you could fill in the VOLUNTEERS APPLICATION FORM and send your CV to so we can get to know you better! Thank you very much in advance
Associate Professor of African History (Full-time tenure track) - The Johns Hopkins University Department of History | Location: Baltimore, Maryland 

The Johns Hopkins University Department of History seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor of African History, region and period open, beginning July 1, 2016.  We favor candidates whose research makes broad intellectual connections and/or spans regions, whose publications and academic profile are innovative and outstanding, and who will continue our excellence in both undergraduate teaching and the training of graduate students for academic positions.  PhD is required by time of appointment.  Please submit a cover letter, c.v., three letters of recommendation, research statement, and writing sample to Interfolio at:  Review of completed applications will begin November 1.  Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.
Part-Time Departmental Lecturer in African Studies - Oxford University
Grade 7:  £30,434 - £37,394 per annum (pro rata)
 Fixed term until July 2016

 The African Studies Centre in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies seeks applications from candidates for a fixed term part-time Departmental Lecturership.  The Lecturership is tenable from 1 October 2015 until July 2016 and the post holder will be required to work 50% of full –time hours. The postholder will  teach a number of weekly group classes, deliver lectures and supervise students on the MSc African Studies programme, conduct assessment, act as a point of contact for students, assist with administration and participate in workshops and conferences organised by the African Studies Centre. The post is based at the African Studies Centre, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford.
You will be required to upload a summary sheet, supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. The closing date for applications is midday on 25th September 2015. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:
Contact person: Victoria Hudson
Contact phone: 01865 284991
Job Opportunity for African Studies Graduate:
Research Network Facilitator - London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion at University of the Arts London has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Trust-funded International Network project entitled 'Design Futures in Sub Saharan Africa', which aims to explore new design typologies emerging from the African continent, their sites of production and the means by which they can be communicated and display with within African and Europe.
We are currently recruiting a Network Facilitator, ideally an African Studies graduate, to provide support to the Principal Investigator and Network partners. The role will mainly involve organising a series of workshops, symposia and conferences in London, Accra, Nairobi and Cape Town, in addition to monitoring the budget and assisting the PI with reports and publications. The role will mainly be based at London College of Fashion, however some aspects of the role may involve working from the Victoria & Albert Museum (one of the Network partners).

This is an interesting opportunity for a graduate to gain experience of working in a research environment in Higher Education. It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward the details on to your network of graduates, or anyone else who may be interested in the role. Further details on the role can be found here and any questions can be directed to me at

Head of Communications - Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa 

AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture through stronger partnerships is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. AGRA is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. Our programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment. We are currently seeking a Head of Communications who will have overall responsibility for positioning AGRA as an impactful and leading organization in African agriculture. For more details on the job specification and qualifications, please click here.


Part-time Departmental Lecturer in African Studies

Grade 7:  £30,434 - £37,394 per annum (pro rata)
 Fixed term until July 2016

 The African Studies Centre in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, seeks applications from candidates for a fixed term part-time Departmental Lecturership.  The Lecturership is tenable from 1 October 2015 until July 2016 and the post holder will be required to work 50% of full –time hours.   

The postholder will  teach a number of weekly group classes, deliver lectures and supervise students on the MSc African Studies programme, conduct assessment, act as a point of contact for students, assist with administration and participate in workshops and conferences organised by the African Studies Centre .   
The post is based at the African Studies Centre, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:
Contact person: Victoria Hudson
Contact phone: 01865 284991
Contact email:


Translators needed for Vice News

Sango/Sangho Translation for Vice News
We currently require translator with advanced skills to provide English subtitles for video footage shot in the Central African Republic. Job requires use of subtitling software and would have to be done in our office in Shoreditch. If you're interested, please contact .
Tigrinyan/Amharic Translation for Vice News
We currently require translator with advanced skills to provide English subtitles for video footage of people from Eritrea. Job requires use of subtitling software and would have to be done in our office in Shoreditch. If you're
interested, please contact
Fellowships & Funding Opportunities 

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships

The Ibrahim Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. The fellows receive mentoring from current leaders on key multilateral institutions.

Application Process:

Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply directly to the current hosts once the application process opens. The timeline for applications is:

  • Process opens Wednesday, 9 September 2015
  • deadline for submissions – Monday, 9 November 2015
  • notification of successful candidate – Wednesday, 27 January 2016
  • anticipated start date – early May 2016.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • National of an African country
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • master’s degree
  • under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • any additional criteria as set by the host.
Please visit the Fellowship website for more information and instructions for submitting an application.

Canon Collins Trust invites applications from Mozambican women for the Graça Machel scholarships for Master’s study in South Africa in 2016.
These scholarships are funded by SASOL.  In 2016 SASOL will support make awards under the following priority areas: 
1. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects
2. Petroleum/Drilling Engineering
3. Reservoir Engineering
4. Civil/Mechanical Engineering

The Graça Machel SASOL scholarships include:
-Tuition fees paid in full
-A stipend to cover living expenses
-Medical insurance for scholars studying in South Africa
-A travel allowance to cover the cost of flights

Click here for more information on eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application. Deadline: Monday 19 October 2015.
The Leigh Day Scholarships are for third and fourth year study in law at the University of Western Cape.

To apply for this scholarship you must be:
A current second or third year LLB student at the University of the Western Cape
A South African citizen normally resident in South Africa
In possession of a good results for completed years of study, or be able to demonstrate improvement.

How to apply: We are currently accepting applications for this scholarship. Please read the guidelines carefully before applying for an award. To apply, download the application form here. Please save a copy on your computer before filling it in. You must send the application form, along with the supporting documentation listed below, to, by Monday 12 October 2015.

Supporting documentation:
Academic transcripts
Reference letters from two referees (academic or professional)
ID document (passport, birth certificate, driving license)

This scholarship is generously supported by Leigh Day & Co, a London law firm specialising in personal injury and human rights law.
The Leigh Day Scholarships are for third and fourth year study in law at the University of Fort Hare

To apply for this scholarship you must be:
A current second or third year LLB student at the University of Fort Hare University of Fort Har
A South African citizen normally resident in South Africa
In possession of a good results for completed years of study, or be able to demonstrate improvement.

How to apply: We are currently accepting applications for this scholarship. Please read the guidelines carefully before applying for an award. To apply, download the application form here. Please save a copy on your computer before filling it in. You must send the application form, along with the supporting documentation listed below, to, by Monday 12 October 2015.

Supporting documentation:
Academic transcripts
Reference letters from two referees (academic or professional)
ID document (passport, birth certificate, driving license)

This scholarship is generously supported by Leigh Day & Co, a London law firm specialising in personal injury and human rights law.

Canon Collins Trust acts as a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships. We annually nominate 14 individuals for fully-funded Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s or PhD study at any UK university.

To apply for this scholarship through Canon Collins Trust you must:
Be a national of, or have refugee status, and  be permanently resident in one of the following countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia
Be in possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
Be applying for a full-time masters or PhD at a UK university

For full eligibility criteria please see the Prospectus. For more information, please read the information on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Website. How to apply: We are now open for applications. You must apply through the Commonwealth Electronic Application System (EAS), here:

The deadline for applications is 19th November 2015. Click here for more information


The ASAUK Fage & Oliver Monograph Prize (Inaugural Award)

The African Studies Association UK (ASAUK) invites publishers to nominate titles for the Fage & Oliver Prize. The ASAUK presents the Fage & OIiver Prize to the author of an outstanding original scholarly work published on Africa during the preceding 2 years.  John Donnelly Fage (1921-2002) and Roland Oliver (1923-2014) were pioneers of British African Studies.  After a decade teaching in the University of the Gold Coast, Fage spent the rest of his career at Birmingham University where he founded the Centre for West African Studies (CWAS).  With Oliver he founded The Journal of African History (1960).  Oliver taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (1948 -1986).  He was one of the founders of the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (1963) and played a major role in the establishment of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Nominations are made directly by publishers who may nominate no more than 3 titles. Eligible titles would be original non-fiction scholarly works published in English (or translated into English) and distributed in the United Kingdom. Entries from all continents meeting these criteria are welcome. We especially welcome nominations from small and independent publishers.  Publishers must supply 3 copies of each title submitted.

The subject matter would have to significantly deal with Africa and/or related areas (Cape Verde, Madagascar, or Indian Ocean Islands off the East African coast).  Collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, and dictionaries would not be eligible. Only books with a 2014 or 2015 copyright are eligible for the 2016 Prize.  The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2015. For details on submitting nominations please click here. please click here.

The Eisenhower Fellowship

SELECTION: Eisenhower Fellowships seeks a diverse mix of applicants, ages 32-45, from a wide range of professional sectors. EF provides a unique leadership development opportunity for individuals who have a demonstrated track record of significant professional and community achievements and who seek to tackle big challenges in the future.  Competitive candidates articulate goals for the fellowship program and propose steps to achieve them.  EF seeks ascendant leaders who are committed to making the world more peaceful, prosperous and just, and who are committed to a lifelong engagement with EF’s network of 1,400 active leaders around the world.  Click for additional information for applicants. The deadline for application submission is October 15, 2015.


HOW TO APPLY: Candidates from the seven countries listed below should apply directly to Eisenhower Fellowships using the online application

         1. Ghana

         2. Kenya

         3. Nigeria

         4. Rwanda

         5. South Africa

         6. Tanzania

         7. Zimbabwe 


Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Volkswagen Foundation has an open call for applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities. Program information and applications are available at
Please note that the deadline for applications is on October 1, 2015.


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, announces competitions for:

·  Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
·  Early-career postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa
Stipends are $10,000 for dissertation-completion Fellows and $17,000 for postdoctoral Fellows, plus an additional $1,000 per Fellow for books and media at both award levels. Fellowships release recipients from teaching and other duties for an academic year to permit full-time research and writing. (They may be used to “buy time.”) Recipients of both kinds of fellowship are also eligible for further support in the form of a residency at a participating research center in Africa for a sustained period of writing. Approximately forty fellowships will be awarded annually in all five countries combined. Awards will be decided by an international committee of distinguished scholars in the humanities.

Eligible Applicants

·  Dissertation applicants must be doctoral candidates in the final year of writing the dissertation. (No dissertation fellowships are available in South Africa.)
·  Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the PhD within the past eight years.
·  All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

Eligible Projects
Proposed projects must be in the humanities, defined by the study of history, language, and culture, and by qualitative approaches in research. The list of humanities disciplines includes anthropology, archaeology, studies of the fine and performing arts, history, linguistics, literature studies, studies of religion, and philosophy. Projects in social sciences such as economics, sociology, or political science, as well as in law or international relations, are not eligible unless they are clearly humanistic in content and focus.

Selection Criteria
·  The intrinsic interest and substantive merit of the work proposed
·  The clarity of the intellectual agenda
·  The feasibility of the work plan
·  The record of achievement of a postdoctoral scholar and the promise of a PhD candidate
·  The contribution the work is likely to make to scholarship on the continent and worldwide
The African Humanities Program seeks to strengthen humanities scholarship in Africa
·  By promoting diversity in terms of gender and historical disadvantage, along with diversity in disciplines, institutions, and regions. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
·  By making research opportunities available to staff at African universities.

Application Deadline: 2 November 2015
Application forms and instructions for the 2015-2016 competition are available at or may be requested by email at

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