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Event: The State of Democracy in Africa … and Kenya 24 August, Nairobi

August 15, 2016

Event: Africa Writes, 1-3 July 2016, London

June 8, 2016


Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival. Celebrating its 5th yearwill bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers and experts for a stimulating and exciting three days! Every year the festival showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities.

This year’s highlights include the symposium “Africa in Translation: Memory and Remembering” on friday, 1 July 2016 (10.00-13.00). The symposium aims to explore the place of translation in the contested spaces of memory and re-membering, and its impact on society.  The discussants – Veronique Tadjo, Kama Sywor Kamanda, Abdilatif Abdalla, Roland Glasser, Ida Hadjivayani and others – look into Caleb Femi, the meaning of ‘the African body’ across time and space, and into the place of literature in cross-cultural scholarship, writing, reading, translation, publishing and performance.

Caleb Femi, photograph by Jolade Olusanya
 photograph by Jolade Olusanya

Event: Writing the South African City Colloquium, 16-17 June 2016, London

June 8, 2016

Writing the South African City

LSE, London

16th-17th June

 courtesy of Jodi Bieber. 'Westbury', from 'Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa' (2006)

Event: 28 June. An evening in conversation with the 2016 Caine Prize shortlisted authors

June 8, 2016

Event Description

An evening to present and converse with the shortlist of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing, chaired by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford (SOAS).

Event: Performance of "The Immigrant" London July 3 2016

May 24, 2016

The Immigrant by Joy Gharoro- Akpojotor is a provocative play that explores what the world would look like if Africa was the most powerful continent in the World

Set in 2116, Oliver, a Brit seeking asylum in the African Union is in detention. Here he pleads his case to Usman, an African border official, who isn’t fond of immigrants. What ensues is a battle of words and stories neither is truly prepared for.

Part of Africa Writes, a vibrant programme of events showcasing the best new writing from across the continent and the Diaspora.

In association with the Royal African Society

Event: On Being a Woman Writer: Nawal El Saadawi in Conversation. London 2 July 2016

May 24, 2016

Nawal El Saadawi draws on her epic life story and prolific writing

The internationally renowned writer, novelist, psychiatrist and fighter for women’s rights was born in 1931, in a village outside Cairo, and wrote her first novel at the age of 13.

Conference:Developing the next generation of researchers Ebonyi State University, Nigeria 21-23 June

May 24, 2016

Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria, 21-23 June 2016

This workshop, an initiative of Ebonyi State University being organised in collaboration with the ACU, will explore innovative approaches to academic mentoring and career development for emerging researchers.

In a period of fast-paced change and growth in higher education, early career researchers find themselves confronted with a wider array of challenges than ever before. With growing student numbers, greater competition for research funding, and ever more exacting demands from funders, a reflective and proactive approach to developing academic skills is becoming increasingly critical to a flourishing research career.

Event: Cassava Republic Press Salon with Hawa Jande Golakai and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, 27 May 2016

May 18, 2016

Cassava Republic Press Salon with Hawa Jande Golakai and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Friday, 27 May 2016, 7pm

Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD London, United Kingdom

Join Cassava Republic Press for an evening of author readings and discussion to celebrate the launch ofHawa Jande Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, hosted by Margie Orford, journalist, film director and author of Water Music.

H. J. Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect is a gripping addition to the African crime genre. 


Event: The 2nd African Film Public Lecture SOAS

May 17, 2016

As part of the Centre for Film Studies annual PhD symposium, Samba Gadjigo will discuss his documentary 'Sembéne!', which tells the story of the "father of African cinema," the self-taught novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembéne.

Speaker: Samba Gadjigo

Chair: Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS)

Samba Gadjigo is the director of the documentary 'Making of Moolaade', is the world’s foremost expert on the life and work of Ousmane Sembéne and author of Sembéne’s official biography. He was born and raised in Senegal and is professor of African Studies and French at Mt. Holyoke College.

Contact email:

Event: Safe House: Exploring Creative Non-Fiction from Africa May 31st

May 17, 2016

Safe House: Exploring Creative Non-Fiction from Africa

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 7:00 PM 

The Frontline Club is delighted to partner with Cassava Republic Press for an exploration of new African writing on the release of Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction. Published in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, the anthology brings nuanced perspectives to the stories behind the headlines, and highlights contemporary issues across the continent.

We will be joined by three of the contributors to Safe House: South African-based author Mark Gevisser, who chronicles the travails of a young, gay Ugandan man living as a refugee in Kenya; crime writer and medical immunologist Hawa Golakai, who presents the Ebola crisis as it unfolds in Liberia through a series of diary entries; and writer Kevin Eze, who reflects on the lives of Chinese migrants living in Senegal’s capital. Join us to discuss the convergence and divergence between journalism and creative non-fiction around the coverage of contemporary issues in Africa.

Event: An eye for the “other” 18 May London

May 16, 2016

Representations of alterity in contemporary postcolonial “texts”, 18 May 2016, London

Finishes: 18 May 2016 Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Room: L67

Type of Event: Forum

Series: CCLPS Critical Forum

The condition of postcoloniality, which some argue characterises the contemporary world and its narrative reproductions, raises important questions about how to critically conceptualise the postcolonial nation-state and its constitutional inclusion of ethnocultural difference.  Both postcolonial theory and postcolonial “texts” caution against normative, hegemonic representations. Analyses of the nation-state, ethnocultural variegation and alterity within the postcolonial “text” must be developed with this critique in mind.


In this post-graduate seminar, organized within the Critical Forum Series of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies and co-hosted by English Studies at SOAS, three PhD students will share their research related to the challenges of transcending normative, hegemonic representations of alterity, the nation-state and identity.

Event: Seeking Sanctuary in a World with Witchcraft

May 13, 2016

Writing Prize - Ghana

May 12, 2016

There is more time for writers resident in Ghana to enter the Kofi Addo Prize for Non fiction and the Abena Korantemaa Prize for Oral History. We have extended the deadline for entries to May 30, 2016.

event 'Reproduction' art exhibition opens at London's Ugandan High Commission

May 6, 2016

'Reproduction' art exhibition opens at London's Ugandan High Commission

11th July-5 August 2016
Uganda House, Ugandan High Commission, 58-59 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DX.

Open to the public by appointment only
Open: Monday to Friday 9.30-4.30pm
Free entry

The Oxford Africa Conference 20-21 May

May 5, 2016

The Oxford Africa Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on Africa delivered by a team of Oxford students. The Conference brings together heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professional to critically expand the discourse on Africa. In its sixth year running, the conference will provide a vibrant platform for new thinking about a global Africa across all disciplines – politics, society, business, technology and academia – connecting intergenerational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on Africa’s future.

32nd Annual National Conference and 2016 IFESAN, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Deadline: 15 July 2016

May 4, 2016

32nd Annual National Conference

50th Anniversary of the Association and 2016 IFESAN

Date: 5 – 8 September , 2016; Venue: Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University

English Studies in Non-native Environments: Reflections and Projections

Event: Book Discussion on ‘City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp’ 27 April

April 20, 2016

Book Discussion on ‘City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp’

Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 7:15pm to 8:45pm

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

SpeakersBen Rawlence (author of City of Thorns) & Nadifa Mohamed (author of The Orchard of Lost Souls and Black Mamba Boy)

Event: How Big is Africa? Addis Ababa

April 19, 2016

Centre of African Studies, University of London

4 July 2016 6pm-8pm

Hall 1, Africa Union Building

Speaker: Dr Carlos Lopes, Head of UNECA (UN Economics Comission for Africa)



Exhibition: Fashion Cities Africa, 30 April 2016 – 8 January 2017, Brighton

April 18, 2016

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion will open at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April 2016.

Exploring fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa – Fashion Cities Africa will consider recent and contemporary fashion practices in these distinctive metropoles, from couture to street style.

The exhibition will focus on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city; from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers. Helen Mears, the Museum’s Keeper of World Art, Martin Pel, its Curator of Fashion & Textiles, Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings and researcher Harriet Hughes visited the cities in summer 2015** to explore their fashion scenes and identify key players.

Book Review: Crossroads: Women Coming of Age in Today’s Uganda edited by Christopher Conte

April 8, 2016

Book review on Africa at LSE Blog

The African Critical Inquiry Programme

April 8, 2016


Closing Date: Monday 2 May 2016

The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organize a workshop to take place in 2017.

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016

April 8, 2016

African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare


This conference will explore aspects of medicine and healthcare, traditional and western, historic and contemporary and their traces in the documentary and digital records in all regions of Africa

Deadline: 30 April

Gender, Diseases and Public Health Governance in Africa

April 8, 2016

CODESRIA Gender institute

Topic: Gender, Diseases and Public Health Governance in Africa
Date: 4th -15th July, 2016
Venue: Dakar, Senegal

Call for applications: Session 2016

Deadline: 15 April 2016

Nairobi Annual Lecture - 8 April 2016

April 7, 2016




April 7, 2016


The University of Warwick is hosting a conference on the future of the Impact agenda in the UK. With preparations for the next REF already underway, this is an opportune moment to have a profession-wide discussion about impact.

Humanities Program: International Conference

February 5, 2016

(Re)making bodies: The structures and dynamics of aesthetics and aspirations in an evolving Africa

Date:23-25 August 2016; Venue: Casablanca, Morocco

Application deadline: 15 March 2016 

ACU Commonwealth Summer School 2016

January 29, 2016

The Sustainable Development Goals: what role for universities?

Saturday 13 - Saturday 20 August 2016
University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda

The Commonwealth Summer School  2016, it will be held at the University of Rwanda, and will focus on the United Nations' recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals.

Workshop on the Geopolitics and Practices of Writing and Publishing in Africa

January 13, 2016

Setting Forth At Dawn, Workshop on the Geopolitics and Practices of Writing and Publishing in Africa, 16 – 20 May 2016, Jimma, Ethiopia, Deadline: 25 January 2016

Professor Martin Evans: Situating Algeria within a Global Perspective

November 26, 2015

Comparisons, Connections, Public Engagement: Situating Contemporary Algeria within a Global Perspective

Professor Martin Evans, Professor of Modern European History

Tuesday 8 December, 6.30pm
Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK

Event: Billy Kahora in conversation with Nikesh Shukla, University of Bristol, 22 October 2015

October 19, 2015

Billy Kahora in conversation with Nikesh Shukla

22 October 2015, 17:30

University of Bristol, 21 Woodland Road, LR8


Panel and Book Launch

October 16, 2015

Panel and Book Launch: "Sidelights on Nigerian history"

28 October 2015, 18:00 - 20:00
The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

EXHIBITION: West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

October 16, 2015

An exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today - See more at:

Event: Landscapes, sources and intellectual projects in African history

October 16, 2015

What types of evidence, data, and sources can we use to expand knowledge of the African past? How can different types of evidence be critically analysed - be they landmarks on African landscapes or faded texts produced by authors unfolding specific intellectual and political projects?

Location: University of Birmingham
Dates: Thursday 12th (10:30) - Saturday 14th November 2015 (17:00)

Cambridge African Film Festival, Cambridge (UK), 16-24 October 2015

October 13, 2015

The Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) is the oldest annual African film festival in the UK. It was initiated in May 2002 by a small group of graduate students at the University of Cambridge as a way of screening the best contemporary African films, increasing knowledge and awareness of African and black culture in the UK, providing a UK audience for African filmmakers, and offering an important counterbalance to the Western media’s stereotyping of Africa. Now in its thirteenth year, and promising to continue for many years to come, the CAFF has won a reputation as a high-profile and important cinematic and educational event. Taking place in and amongst the magical 800-year-old buildings and natural surroundings of the University of Cambridge, the CAFF offers a very special experience to guests and visitors.

The festival is partnered with Film Africa, to whom we would like to offer our sincerest thanks for their ongoing support.

ESRC Seminar Series: Resource conflicts workshop

August 11, 2015

Final workshop of our ESRC-funded series on interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management. The final workshop focusses on resource conflicts in the Global South. Please feel free to register your attendance here

ESRC workshop on writing research proposals for fellowships and grants

August 4, 2015

An ESRC Workshop on Writing Research Proposals for Fellowships and Grants will be held at Adeyemi Federal University of Education on 23-24 September.

Please send applications by e mail attachment to:;

BIEA Seminars: Imaging Social Justice

July 14, 2015

Imagining Social Justice: Images of Obama, Culture and Human Rights in Kenya

23 July 2015, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

By Steve Ouma Akoth

23rd July 2015
BIEA, Laikipia road Seminar Room
11.00 am – 12.30pm

African Multilingualism: Motivations, modalities, movement and meaning

July 1, 2015

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 September 2015, 9.30am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

With multilingualism as a major research theme for linguistics and social sciences, this conference places Africa at the centre of cross-disciplinary research

Please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to register.


June 26, 2015

2nd July 2015


PhD researchers based in Nairobi are invited to attend an informal meeting to share research experiences, ideas, and inspirations, and to meet other PhD researchers based in Nairobi


BIEA Seminars: The politics of the dead and the power of uncertainty

June 22, 2015

The politics of the dead and the power of uncertainty: materiality, rumours and human remains in post-2000 Zimbabwe

26 June 2015, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Further infmormation here

BIEA Seminars: Sexual moralities and the politics of chastity

March 29, 2015

Sexual moralities and the politics of chastity: An anthropological apprach to virginity and premarital sexuality in contemporary Istanbul

Dr. Patricia Scalco

Date: 2 April 2015
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi.

For enquiries and to RSVP please contact 

BIEA Conference: Connections and disconnections in the history and cultures of Eastern Africa

March 27, 2015

This conference will explore the place of Eastern Africa within global approaches to the study of the region’s past and present. Supported by the BIEA, IFRA and the University of Warwick

Date: 30-31 March 2015,
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Nairobi

Please contact Daniel Branch ( for any queries and/or to RSVP. 

International Women's Day 7th March 2015

March 10, 2015

In honour of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 7, Planet Earth Institute wanted to spotlight four inspirational women who are working in science and tech in Africa.

The following is taken directly from this website where you can find further information and videos. 

1)    Mariéme Jamme

Originally from Senegal, Marieme is a tireless advocate for technology and the importance of building STEM skills on the continent. She is also CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a consultancy that helps enterprise tech companies get a foothold in Europe, Asia and Africa. Here’s a video of her passionately explaining what Africa’s scientific independence means to her.

2)    Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa

Management consultants by day, Afua and Yasmin also co-founded She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that supports high-potential female entrepreneurs by helping them jump-start their businesses. On January 24, they successfully ran their first ever ‘Who wants to be a tech millionaire’ event, which provided workshops for young women interested in building tech-enabled businesses. Here’s a little more about their work, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

3)    Liberata Mwita, PhD student, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Growing up, Liberata wanted to become a pilot, but her family urged her to pursue a career in scientific research. Now she is studying for a PhD with SABINA at the University of Pretoria where she is part of a larger, multi-investigator project addressing complex questions about how several species of Bacillus bacteria interact with plants. This is an important question because earlier research has shown that these bacteria, which are free-living in the soil, promote plant growth under the proper circumstances. To learn more about RISE, the programme she is associated with, please click here.

4)    Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder, Women in Engineering

A native of South Africa, Naadiya describes herself as a ‘serial social entrepreneur’. With a background in engineering, Naadiya decided to set up WomEng, a social enterprise developing the next generation of women engineering leaders around the world. At present, WomEng operates in South Africa and Kenya, but aspires to expand into West Africa. We look forward to following her impact!


BIEA Seminars: Stigma and Ebola survivors in Monrovia, Liberia

March 2, 2015

"One man can become an atomic bomb for the whole nation": Stigma and Ebola survivors in Monrovia, Liberia" (Dr. Emilie Venables)

05 March 2015 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Conference: Legacies of Struggles in Southern and Eastern Africa

February 23, 2015

Legacies of Struggle in Southern and Eastern Africa: Biography, Materiality and Human remains

18-20th March 2015

International conference at The British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi
(in collaboration with National Museums of Kenya and IFRA-Nairobi) 

For inquiries and to RSVP, please contact  or

BIEA Seminars: "Do they know it's Christmas" Really!? Philanthropy in a time of Ebola.

February 9, 2015

Panel Discussion. 

Date: Friday, 13 February 2015
Time: 3.00 pm- 5.00 pm
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi

RSVP: Please contact

The Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies 2015

February 9, 2015

The Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies 2015: Give a Man a Fish; From Patriarchal Productionism to the Politics of Distribution in Southern Africa (and Beyond).

26th March 2015 5pm - 6pm. 

Room LG17, Faculty of Law, 10 West Road, Cambridge

To book your place please follow this link: 


Event: War and Peace in the Central African Republic

February 9, 2015

Understanding the actors driving the conflict

Speaker: Sarah Covington,  IHS Country Risk – Africa

Hosted by King's College London Africa Research Group

Location: War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07)

When: 18th Feb 2015 (18:00-19:00)

Registration URL


Royal African Society event: "Africa in 2015: Prospects & Forecasts"

January 28, 2015

Date & Time: Monday 9 February 2015, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, London WC1H 0XG

Speakers: Razia Khan, Head of Africa Research, Standard Chartered; Patrick Smith, Editor, Africa Confidential; Natznet Tesfay, Head, IHS Africa Country Risk and Touria El Glaoui, Founder, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

To attend this and all other Royal African Society events you must first register on the website here. After which you will be able to register for free to this and all other events. 

Seminar: Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution

November 6, 2014

Seminar on three-year ESRC-funded research project that will document and analyse the impact of the new constitution’s cultural rights provisions on Kenyan society. Taking place in Nairobi on the 11th November 2014 at 11am. 

Southern Africa beyond the West

September 26, 2014

Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS Countries & the Global South 

5-11 August 2015, Livingstone, Zambia

You are invited to apply to attend the inaugural writing workshop for emerging Southern African scholars hosted in conjunction with the Journal of Southern African Studies 1st Biennial Conference.

BIEA PhD Student Forum Conference 2014

September 26, 2014

Insecurity, Anxiety and Uncertainty in Kenya

10-11 October 2014 British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kileleshwa, Nairobi CALL FOR PAPERS

 BIEA is pleased to announce PhD Student Forum conference ‘Insecurity, Anxiety and Uncertainty in Kenya’, to be held 10-11 October 2014 at the BIEA offices, Nairobi.

BISA 40th Anniversary Conference 2015

September 26, 2014

The Worlds of Inequality

16th to 19th June 2015, London UK

Call for Papers, Panels & Roundtables


August 28, 2014

An archaeological investigation in the East Acholi district of Agago, Northern Uganda: preliminary field visit

Date: Friday, 29th August 2014, 11am

Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi

BIEA and NMK Joint Seminar Series

August 22, 2014

Strategic use of landscape by hominins in the Levant and Kenya Rift

Date: Thursday 4 September 2014

Time: 10.30 to 11.30

Location: Old Boardroom of the Nairobi National Museum

Forum on higher education and international development

July 31, 2014

Call for papers

Date: Friday 24th October

Location: Institute of Education, London

Sponsored by the Education and Development Forum (UKFIET), this event brings together academics and policymakers to present cutting-edge research in the field, discuss key issues and debate the role of higher education in development.

Africa Works! 2014

July 25, 2014

16 and 17 October 2014

Invitation: call for proposal for workshop discussions

The Netherlands African Business Council and the African Studies Centre will be organizing the second edition of the Africa Works! conference this fall.

A Symposium on ‘West African Art in Context’

July 25, 2014

Organised by the Nigerian Field Society and the Cambridge African Archaeology Group

When: Sep 20, 2014 09:00 AM to Sep 21, 2014 05:00 PM
Where: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

After 2015: Development and its Alternatives

July 1, 2014


Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 September 2014 The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Convenor: Dr Clive Gabay, Queen Mary, University of London

Writing for Liberty Conference

July 1, 2014

Call for Papers

Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research Lancaster University, 17-18 April 2015

Keynote speaker: Véronique Tadjo, University of the Witwatersrand

Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

June 10, 2014

University of Leeds, Centre for Global Development Summer School

23-26 June 2014

If you want to change the world you need to understand it. This is particularly important in the field of International Development. That is why The Centre for Global Development has decided to run its 2014 Summer School with the theme ‘Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’.

The Global Contours of Growth and Development: Beyond the Crisis

June 5, 2014

30th June, 1-2 July 2014

Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield

The 2014 SPERI conference seeks to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its British and European contexts to focus centrally on the dynamics and patterns of the distribution of growth and development across the entire global political economy.

Call for Applications for the Third Global Economic Governance Capacity Building Workshop

May 30, 2014

Deadline: 13 June 2014

The Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, together with the South African Institute for International Affairs, leading foreign policy research institute on the African continent, invites government officials, academics, researchers and officials from relevant civil society organisations to apply for a capacity building workshop on:

Global Economic Governance: A Focus on African Countries

'Africa's great awakening': Historicising the 'Africa Rising' debate

May 28, 2014

This panel invites papers which consider any number of the multifaceted issues associated with the 'Africa Rising' narrative.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Dr Clive Gabay

Call for Papers: Postcolonial Governmentality Workshop

May 21, 2014

25-26th September 2014, University of Bristol

Postcolonial Governmentality: Theory, Sites and Practices

This workshop was inspired by the need for further collaboration between academics to understand how both governmentality and postcolonial approaches are key to understanding contemporary governance.

Please apply by 20th July with abstracts of no more than 200 words and a short biography. Full papers will need to be submitted by 10th September

2014 Child and Youth Institute: African Perspectives of Early Childhood Care and Education

May 16, 2014

Theory, Discourse, Policy and Practice for Children from Birth to Three Years

Call for applications

Application deadline - 30th June 2014

Date: 15 – 26 September, 2014 Venue: Dakar, Senegal

14th CODESRIA General Assembly: Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations

May 16, 2014

Challenges and Prospects

Deadline: 31st May 2014

Dakar, Senegal, 15-19 December 2014

Codesria 2014 Democratic Governance Institute

May 16, 2014

Call for Applications

Deadline: 13th June, 2014

Theme: Building more resilient societies: human security and risk management in Africa

Date: 04 - 15 August 2014 Venue: Dakar, Senegal

CODESRIA Methodology Workshop Series

May 16, 2014

Training the Trainers

Theme: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research

Deadline: 30 May 2014

Venue: Dakar, Senegal - Date: 1st – 5th September, 2014

Interdisciplinarity and Methodological Challenges in Area Studies

May 16, 2014

Summer School and platform to recruit PhD candidates

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) call for applications for the 1st CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies.

Deadline: 22 June 2014

Dakar, 1st to 6th September, 2014

2014 Oxford Africa Conference

May 12, 2014

23-24 May 2014

The Oxford Africa Conference is a student-led merger of Oxford University’s two most successful Africa-focused conferences into a single conference.

Imagining Environmental Futures Workshop

May 9, 2014

SOAS, 5 June 2014

1.00pm - 5.30pm, SOAS, University of London, Faber Building. Room FG01

Organisers: Prof Rosaleen Duffy and Prof Peter Mollinga (Political Ecology Research Group, Development Studies, SOAS)

ASAUK 2014 panel on 'The political economy of economic fraud in neoliberal Africa'

May 6, 2014

Call for Submissions

ASAUK 2014 panel on 'The political economy of economic fraud in neoliberal Africa'

All interested parties should contact Dr. Jörg Wiegratz (Leeds) at <

Call for papers - Africa Research Forum symposium, University of Lincoln

May 6, 2014

Africa Research Forum at the University of Lincoln is organising a one day symposium to be held on Friday 27th June 2014 and is inviting submissions for papers at this event.  The theme is broadly Africa, so, any topic you choose to speak on will be welcomed.

Deadline for submissions is 12 May 2014

Early Career Scholars - Writing Workshop

April 25, 2014

11th September 2014, ASAUK Conference, University of Sussex

Call for Applications: The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held at the ASAUK Conference, University of Sussex 9-11th September 2014.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm 6 June 2014

Academia 2.0: challenges of impact, communication, & relevance

April 25, 2014

29 – 30 April 2014, Chancellors Hotel in Manchester. An event for Early Career Researchers in Humanities

Accommodation will be provided and travel costs reimbursed

Email for registration

Ruth First Lecture 2014

April 25, 2014

We were wrong: the struggle was not a prophet of our future

Monday 28 April 2014 at 6.00 pm, Room 140, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University

Professor Ahmed Bawa, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Durban University of Technology

International Studies Association 56th Annual Convention

April 25, 2014

Call for Proposals

February 18th - 21st, 2015, New Orleans Amitav Acharya, ISA President Pinar Bilgin, Program Co-Chair L. H. M. Ling, Progam Co-Chair

Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2014

University of Warwick, Global Research Priority Programme on International Development

April 25, 2014

The Girl Effect: why tackling gender inequality can transform the developing world

Ppublic lecture by Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP, the Secretary of State for International Development.

The lecture will take place at 4:40pm – 6:00pm on 1st May 2014 in the University of Warwick's Zeeman Building.


April 17, 2014

Peacebuilding organisation International Alert are pleased to invite you to attend the ninth in a series of Peace Talks.

Monday 28 April 2014 at 18.30 at The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London.

The Practice of Ethnic Diplomacy: Exploring Relations between Non-state Nations

April 17, 2014

Speakers: Professor Luis Beltrán (University of Alcalá) and Dr Marta Iñiguez de Heredia (University of Cambridge)

Chair and Discussant: Professor Iver Neumann (London School of Economics)

Venue: LSE, 10 June (4-6pm)

South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis

April 17, 2014



Venue: University of South Africa (Unisa), Pretoria, South Africa

10-12 SEPTEMBER 2014

 Conference Theme: South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis

Nigeria Research Day - Call For Papers

April 17, 2014

June 21st 2014, University College London

 UCL and SOAS Departments of Politics and International Studies invites participants to a day-long workshop to showcase and discuss new research on Nigeria holding on June 21, 2014 at University College London.

Connected histories of decolonisation workshop

April 17, 2014

Deadline - 13 June 2014

The recent rise of global history has prompted much reflection amongst imperial historians about the interconnections and cross-influences that existed between and amongst past empires, stretching across vast spatial and chronological frameworks. Taking as its starting point this new trend in historical research, this workshop will explore the connections, entanglements and transnational links between different twentieth century decolonisation processes. In particular, this study day seeks to bring to light the ways in which people, ideas and practices, from both the global North and South, crossed national and colonial borders, and how these connections, in turn, impacted upon on the decline of European colonialism. By going beyond a narrow, nation-state perspective, this workshop aims to break down boundaries in the history of decolonisation, challenging, for example, the divides between the British, French and Portuguese empires, but also, more widely, binaries such as colonial/ post-colonial, metropole/ periphery, coloniser/ colonised.

Davies Papers of the Africa Series

April 3, 2014

The DDMI has launched The Davies Papers, a working papers series named in honour of David Davies.

Violence, Protest and Democracy in Africa

April 3, 2014

Review of African Political Economy

40th anniversary

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1 May 2014

Senate Room (First floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

Review of African Political Economy 40th Anniversary

April 3, 2014

 Since 1974 ROAPE has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.

Latin American Conference on Political Ecology

March 28, 2014

Santiago de Chile, between the 22nd and 24th of October, 2014

The Conference is part of the ENTITLE activities and is organised by the ENTITLE partner at the Geography Department, University of Chile.

The Call can be accessed here

Ugandan Convention 'Trade and Investment forum'

March 28, 2014

Now in its 4th year, our Convention 'Trade and Investment forum' attracts nearly 2000 delegates from all corners of the globe.

13th September 2014 in London

LSE-UCT July school

March 11, 2014

LSE-UCT Summer School in Cape Town, South Africa

30 June -11 July 2014:

Third Annual IGBO Conference

March 11, 2014

London, May 2-3, 2014

Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living In and Beyond the Shadows of Apartheid

March 11, 2014

40th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (ALA), April 9-13, 2014, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


March 11, 2014

Social science must respond to climate change

Climate change is not an external threat to society, but a problem with both natural and social roots. Social sciences therefore need to play a bigger role in environmental research. That is the thesis of the World Social Science Report 2013, recently presented in Stockholm.

Fossil fuel emissions, deforestation, intensified agriculture, urbanization, emptying of the fisheries and deforestation – humanity has become a massive geological force. The social results are complex, and the question of climate change can no longer be separated from other social problems. This is claimed by an influential report about the status of social science that recently had its Swedish release. The interest was so great that the organizers from the Nordic Africa Institute had to change venue. In a crowded room at the Swedish government offices of Rosenbad, report director Dr.Heide Hackmann pleaded for cooperation:

– The social sciences are essential for reaching equitable and sustainable solutions. We need to cross the boundaries between the disciplines and realize that climate change is a common challenge.

ASAUK Biennial Conference 2014

March 6, 2014

ASAUK Biennial Conference 2014 will be held at the University of Sussex 9-11 September 2014. The Call for papers is now open until the 25th April 2014. There are still spaces available for panels.

Africa Research Day, University of London

March 6, 2014

Call for Papers

Monday April 29 2013

Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Deadline for applying: March 8 2013

Call for papers - Symposium – The Regional Dynamics of Peace and Security in West Africa

February 28, 2014

To be held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana (tbc)

11-14 June 2014

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2014

‘Sustainable Development and Maritime Insecurity: concepts, actors and an emerging research agenda’

February 26, 2014

Call for Participants

Wednesday 12th March, 2014

 09:30-17:00 hrs – Coventry University


February 24, 2014

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the University of Botswana, the EU-Africa Doctoral Student Network (DocLinks) and the African Network of Agriculture, Agroforestry, and Natural Resources Management (ANAFE) are pleased to announce Call for PhD Course on Global Challenges: Urbanization, Livelihoods and Food Security.

The course will take place between July 7th and August 15th 2014.

The deadline for the submission is 30th of April

Reflections on South Africa’s Agrarian Questions after 20 years of Democracy

February 5, 2014

Call for Abstracts

Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Deadline for Abstracts is 15 February 2014 and 1 July 2014 for the full paper

The Goggam Chronicle

January 29, 2014

The British Academy is holding a reception to celebrate the publication of The Goggam Chronicle edited and translated by Girma Getahun.

Monday 19 February 2014, 6 - 7.30pm

At The British Academy


The Goggam Chronicle is a detailed regional history of Ethiopia by the chronicler, Alaqa Takala Iyasus, who enjoyed the artistic flavour and friendship of King Takla Haymanot. Of particular importance are the collection of poems inspired by dirge, martial boast and religious devotion. As such the Chronicle was and still is a goldmine for scholars of history, students of Amharic language and early Amharic literature, and for those interested in the study of genealogy, church painting, migration and settlement.

Britain and Africa after 50: Social justice and development

January 27, 2014

Thursday, 6 February 2014 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Britain and Africa after 50: Fair Trade, Fair Extraction, Fairplay?

January 27, 2014

Burns Room, Scottish Parliament

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 5.30-8.00pm

Digital Kitambo—Taking the Past into the Future at the Nairobi National Museum

January 27, 2014

with Dr. David K. Wright and Kristina Dziedzic

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2014
Time: 02.00 pm
Venue:The National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi

The 3rd Annual Igbo Conference - Igbo Heritage: Production, Diffusion and Legacy

January 21, 2014

The theme of the third annual Igbo Conference is ‘Igbo Heritage ’, which focuses on the contributions of Igbo culture and heritage to the political and cultural production in Igboland and abroad. The two day conference will comprise of plenary panels, Igbo cultural performances and workshops.

2 May 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Lecture Theatre and Suite, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living In and Beyond the Shadows of Apartheid

January 21, 2014

40th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (ALA), April 9-13, 2014, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Simon Gikandi (Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University)

Njabulo Ndebele (Novelist and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Archive and Public Culture, University of Cape Town)

African Archaeology without Frontiers

January 9, 2014

14th Congress of Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies, and 22nd Biennial Meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Braamfontein Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 14–18 July 2014

Deadline: 31 January 2014

The Cadbury Conference - Class in Africa: A Reassessment

January 2, 2014

University of Birmingham 15-17 May 2014

Call for papers

The annual Cadbury conference will take place at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, from 15 to 17 May 2014.  This year’s theme is Class in Africa: a reassessment.

Deadline: 14 February 2014

Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) 5th Annual Postgraduate Conference

December 12, 2013

Tuesday 25th March 2014

"Multidisciplinary Insights into International Development: Reconciling the Divided Priorities of One Global Nation"

Call for Papers

Deadline 24th January 2014

2014 BISA PGN Conference in Dublin

December 11, 2013

The British International Studies Association (BISA) Postgraduate Network is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2014 Annual Conference, to be held in Dublin on the 17th June

Embers Of Empire: Towards A World History Of End Of Britain

December 4, 2013

BIEA SEMINAR - Friday 6th December 2013

Professor Stuart Ward & Christian Damm Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

Chair: Professor Ambreena Manji, British Institute in Eastern Africa

The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis

December 4, 2013

30 June – 2 July 2014, Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield

The Third SPERI Annual Conference: Call for abstracts

The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis

November 29, 2013

30 June – 2 July 2014, Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield

Invitation to submit a paper or panel proposal for the third SPERI annual conference 'The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis'.

Deadline - Friday 31 January 2014


November 27, 2013

The Social and Solidarity Economy North and South: Towards Convivial Post Capitalist Economies?

Date: Monday 2nd December 2013
Time: 10:30 AM

Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development Annual Lecture

November 7, 2013

Africa's Recovery and Beyond

Tuesday 19 November 2013 - 6:30pm

Fogg Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London


November 7, 2013


Theme: South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis

In April 1994 the transition in South Africa concluded its first phase with the general elections of that year and introduced the second phase of a Government of National Unity and a Constitutional Assembly. Most observers and scholars regard that election as the beginning of democratization in South Africa. In 2014 the fourth general election will conclude the first two decades of a post-apartheid dispensation, of a far-reaching transformation period, of a national democratic revolution in the words of the ANC, and democratization. While the South African government had its own Ten Year Review in 2004 and Fifteen Year Review in 2009, 2014 provides an opportunity for political scientists to conduct their own retrospection, diagnosis and prognosis.

Student Activism In The University Of Nairobi And Democratic Space (1970 – 1992)

November 5, 2013

BIEA Grantee Seminars: The BIEA Completion Seminars Series:

The study examines the background of student activism in Kenya’s largest and oldest public University which came into being in July of 1970.

Thursday, 7th November 2013, 11.00AM

Call for Papers: Postcolonial Governmentality Panel for the BISA Annual Conference

November 5, 2013

Dublin, Ireland 18th - 20th June 2014

This panel invites papers that illustrate how postcolonial approaches and sites are valuable to understanding the practices of global governance.  

Screening of the award-winning film Dear Mandela

November 5, 2013

(short version) followed by a discussion led by S’bu Zikode, founder of the South African Shack Dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo at Queen Mary, University of London Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

SPERI Annual Conference: Call for proposals

October 22, 2013

The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis

30 June – 2 July 2014

Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield

From Peacebuilding towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future

October 8, 2013

You are all welcome to a roundtable entitled ‘From Peacebuilding towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future’ at LSE on 6 December 2013.

Workshop call for participants

October 8, 2013

First MENA social policy workshop to be held on 3 December 2013 at the University of Bath. Travel Bursaries for PhD students from the UK and overseas are also available.

Call for Paper Abstracts:

October 8, 2013

Neighbours and neighbourliness in Africa

African Studies Association (ASA) of the UK biennial conference, 9-11 September 2014

Teaching and Learning in Context: Why Pedagogical Reforms Fail in Sub-Saharan Africa

October 1, 2013

Since the 1990s, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced unprecedented attempts at reforming teacher and student classroom practices, with a learner-centred pedagogy regarded as an effective antidote to the prevalence of teacher-centred didactic classroom practices. Attempts at reform have been going on all over the continent. In fact, learner-centred pedagogy has been described as one of the most pervasive educational ideas in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. Research has revealed that the major attempts have largely failed mainly because teachers have not been able to adopt instructional innovations to technical problems. This failure is also related to lack of resources, and poor teacher training programmes which lead to poor teacher quality, among others.

BIEA London Annual Lecture

October 1, 2013

 This year’s London Annual Lecture will be held on Thursday 14th November 2013 at 6.00 pm at the British Academy. Professor Lawrence Barham (University of Liverpool) will speak on "Africa, Birthplace of the ‘First Industrial Revolution’?"

Teaching Africa in International Studies, Teaching International Studies in Africa

September 20, 2013

A seminar series coordinated by the British International Studies Association (BISA) Africa and International Studies working group

Building on the first two workshops held at the University of Cambridge and Royal Holloway, University of London earlier this year, the third and final workshop in this series will be held at the University of Cape Town on Friday, 27 September 2013.

BISA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2014

September 20, 2013

The British International Studies Association is very pleased to announced that the Call for Paper, Panel and Roundtable proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference is now open.

Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance

September 17, 2013

Date & Time: Friday, 4 October, 9AM-5PM & Saturday, 5 October, 9AM-1PM

Place: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Conference Speakers to include: Gerald Gahima, Jean-Paul Kimonyo, Filip Reyntjens, Shyaka Anastase, Fred Golooba-Mutebi, An Ansoms and David Booth. You can download the full programme here.


September 17, 2013

The 21st September is International Day of Peace. To mark the occasion the Centre of African Studies will be hosting a small exhibition of photographs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Liberia's Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The images have been provided by photographers working with the United Nations in Liberia and curated by Cambridge International Arts.
There will be a reception on Monday 23rd September 5-7pm at the Centre of African Studies, with discussions about progress in Liberia and how peace is portrayed visually. The photographs will be displayed until Friday 27 September 2013. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.
click here to download poster

Annual Symposium and AGM of the Sudan Studies Society of the United Kingdom

September 17, 2013

Date & Time: 5 October 2013, 9AM

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London WC1H 0XG

The Royal African Society is pleased to once again host the AGM and annual symposium of the Sudan Studies Society of the United Kingdom (SSSUK) on Saturday, 5th October.

The full programme will be revealed soon on the SSSUK website.

Governance for Development in Africa

September 17, 2013

Date & Time: Tuesday, 15 October. 6-9PM
Place: Brunei Suite, SOAS, WC1H 0XG

Speakers: Dr David Booth, Director, African Power & Politics Programme (APPP) / Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Dr Diana Cammack, Research Associate Overseas Development Institute. Chair: TBC

For details please visit this link.

Methodology Workshop for Social Research in Africa

September 12, 2013

CODESRIA Sub-Regional Methodology Workshop for Social Research in Africa, 2013 Session for Nigeria and other Anglophone West and Central African Countries.

Date/time 14 October 2013 09:00 AM - 19 October 2013 05:30 PM

ASAUK Biennial Conference 2014: Call for Panels and Papers

September 3, 2013

The ASAUK biennial conference will be held at the University of Sussex and will run from 2pm on Tuesday Sept 9th to 3.30 pm on Thursday 11th September 2014.

Sash of Fulfilment - Film, Performance and Discussion

September 3, 2013

24 October 2013 at 2pm: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London: Sash of Fulfilment
Film, performance and discussion with artist, Leo Asemota and British Museum Africa Galleries curator, Chris Spring.

British Academy and Guardian launch new two-year campaign

September 3, 2013

On August 28 the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences launched a new two-year commercial partnership with the Guardian. The joint campaign, running until March 2015, will help raise the profile of language learning and showcase its importance for the UK’s wellbeing.

A new dedicated website: developed by the Guardian and British Academy provides a forum for language debates and discussions. As part of the campaign, the British Academy and the Guardian will be launching a UK-wide Language Festival in November 2013. The Festival will build on the success of the British Academy’s Language Week held in November 2012; providing a platform for schools, Higher Education Institutions, students, policy makers and businesses from across the UK to discuss, debate and explore the academic, cultural and economic benefits of language learning.

World Social Science Forum 2015: Transforming Global Relations for a Just World

August 27, 2013

 The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) are pleased to announce the third World Social Science Forum (WSSF) which will take place on African soil in 2015. The WSSF is a global event of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) that brings together researchers and stakeholders in international social science co-operation to address current topical global issues and future priorities for international social science.  The Forum promotes innovative and cross-disciplinary work, cross-science collaborations in the natural and human sciences, and engagement with donors and decision makers in the science community worldwide.

Call for Applications: IZA/DFID Short Course on Evaluation of Training Programs

July 31, 2013

The IZA/DFID Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries is sponsoring a one-day "IZA/DFID Conference on Training Programs and Labor Markets in Africa: Evidence and Policy Lessons" on Friday December 13, 2013.

Deadline: September 4, 2013

Early Career Scholars - Writing Workshop

July 26, 2013

16 -18 September 2013,

Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Call for Applications: The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held in Meqele on 16-18 September 2013, in collaboration with Mekelle University.

ASAUK is currently organising a writing workshop in Meqelle to assist early career scholars to prepare material for publication in international journals. The ASAUK is committed to enhancing academic links between British and African institutions and to increasing representation in British journals of work by scholars based in Africa. Previous ASAUK workshops in the UK and in other parts of Africa have been extremely well received and there has been a strong demand for places.

Book Launch - Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days, by Richard and Rita Pankhurst

July 24, 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 - 6:30pm
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Univ. of London

Type of Event: Book Launch

Ethiopian Reminiscences: Early Days

Book launch with authors Richard and Rita Pankhurst, in partnership with Tsehai Publishers, The Anglo-Ethiopian Society and the Centre of African Studies.

In 1958, Richard Pankhurst asked Rita Eldon to leave her home in London and move to Ethiopia with him and his mother, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. Without the promise of marriage and with relatively little knowledge of the country, Rita said yes, and so began the love affair between the two, and their adopted home, Ethiopia.

Gender, Neoliberalism, and Financial Crisis Postgraduate Conference

July 18, 2013

This is a one-day postgraduate conference bringing together presentations from PhD and post-doc researchers from the UK and beyond. The conference examines the connections between gender, political economy, and development, with a special focus on the impact of financial crisis. Registration (full day ticket including lunch) is available for £10 until 1 August 2013.

Food (In)Security Research Network: International and trans-disciplinary perspectives

July 15, 2013

Call for papers:

16th October 2013, UN World Food Day

University of Warwick, Coventry

This one-day conference, supported by the BISA-PGN and GEM PhD School, will be the starting point for a new multi-disciplinary postgraduate community where members come together to discuss important issues and ideas related to their research on food security.

Deadline for sending abstracts - July 31

Accepted proposals will be notified by 20 August 2013

Newly published essays debate future of open access

July 10, 2013

The British Academy published a series of 8 newly commissioned articles reflecting on the challenges and opportunities for humanities and social sciences open access publishing practices. 

Debating Open Access - edited by British Academy Vice-Presidents Professor Nigel Vincent and Professor Chris Wickham - demonstrates that there is still much work to be done in ensuring that government policies to mandate open access publication do not damage the quality and reputation of UK academic research.

Writing workshop for early career scholars - Birmingham

June 19, 2013

Call for Applications: The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held at the University of Birmingham on 3rd September 2013. Deadline: 5pm, 12 July 2013.

Call for Applications: Social movements and the position of the researcher, Basel

June 14, 2013

The University of Basel’s Centre for African Studies and the Research Group on Political Transformation at the Institute of Social Anthropology invite PhD students and postdocs to two days of vigorous debate. 17 - 18 September 2013. Deadline for applications: 15 July 2013.

Writing Africa’s Futures - 5 July, British Library

June 14, 2013

As part of the ‘Africa Writes’ festival and in collaboration with the Caine Prize, the Royal African Society and the British Library, this event celebrates 50 years of African Studies Association UK by featuring a panel discussion with acclaimed authors Doreen Baingana and Zoe Wicomb, chaired by the ASAUK President Stephanie Newell. Friday 5 July at the British Library Conference Centre.

Early Career Scholars - Writing Workshop Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September British Institute

June 3, 2013

The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars to be held in Nairobi on 20th and 21st September 2013. The writing workshop will bring together a wide range of editors of Africanist journals in order to support doctoral and recent post-doctoral students, as well as junior staff, based in East African universities in preparing articles for submission and eventual publication in Africanist and International journals.

ASAUK @ 50 - events to mark ASAUK's 50th anniversary

June 3, 2013

A wide range of events will be taking place throughout 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of the ASAUK.
5 July 2013: Writing Africa’s Futures. British Library, London. 4-6
September 2013: Crossroads in African Studies. University of Birmingham. 23-24
October 2013: ASAUK @ 50: Two days of celebrations including performance, debate, music, the Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture with Kabba Bangura and a celebratory reception at the October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury, London.

Environmental Politics and Change in Southern Africa - 19 June

May 31, 2013

Southern Africa: History, Culture and Society Seminar Series, University of London. Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

New Research in Nigeria Workshop

May 28, 2013

Abstracts and further information from the workshop held on 9 May at Oxford Department of International Development.

Teaching Africa in International Studies II - 17 June 2013

May 22, 2013

Registration is now underway for the second of three linked workshops on 'Teaching Africa in International Studies', which will take place at Senate House, University of London on 17 June 2013. 

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2013 “Hidden Collections in African Studies”

May 21, 2013

Tuesday 9th July 2013, Senate House, London. This conference will discuss the extent and scope of “hidden collections” in different formats in African Studies in the UK, look at examples of projects addressing this problem and work towards ways forward at a national level.

Anthropology in London Day 2013

May 20, 2013

'Visibility and Concealment', 17 June 2013, UCL. Call for papers extended until 28 May

Call for Participants: Critical Debates With(In) Development: Power, Resilience and Change

May 9, 2013

An interdisciplinary postgraduate development studies conference, organised by IDS and the School of Global Studies at Sussex, with support from the Development Studies Association (DSA). The conference will take place at the University of Sussex on 13th-14th June 2013. The conference will include  a half day of methods workshops on 14th June. The deadline for registration is 31st of May. One of the major goals of the conference is to bring together a wide diversity of early careers scholars working on development issues from different disciplines and departments across the Sussex campus.

Global History and Kenya: New Fields and New Questions

May 7, 2013

Gordon Omenya (UPPA) Carla Bocchetti (IFRA) Susan Mwangi (Kenyatta University).  Friday, May 17th 2013 - 9.30am to 12.30am at IFRA-BIEA Conference Room

2014 ISA Call for Papers: Political Economy of Finance and Credit in Sub-Saharan Africa

May 7, 2013

Abstracts deadline: 24 May 2013.

Call for abstracts: 8th 'New Frontiers in African Economic History' Workshop

May 7, 2013

'Inequality and economic development in Africa in historical perspectives?' 6-7 December 2013, Lund University. Deadline for abstracts: 14 June

CODESRIA 2013 Child and Youth Institute

May 7, 2013

Theme: Social Protection and the Citizenship Rights of Vulnerable Children in Africa. 9–27 September, 2013, Dakar, Senegal.

Exploring Traditions: Sources for a Global History of Science, CRASSH Cambridge

May 7, 2013

Friday 31 May 2013. Convened by Sujit Sivasundaram (History) and Simon Schaffer (HPS) the workshop continues an important set of debates and reflexions on the interaction between histories of the sciences and models of global history. 

African Archaeology Research Day 2013

April 29, 2013

This will be held at the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia on the 1st and 2nd November 2013. The theme of the conference is ‘Africa’s material culture past and present’. Our central theme will be, of course, African archaeology, but we are keen to attract input from related disciplines such as art history, heritage management, history and museology.

Smuts Memorial Fund Lecture: Professor Bruce Berman, 10 May

April 29, 2013

Friday 10 May 2013, 5 - 6 pm, Lee Hall, Wolfson College Cambridge. Followed by a reception

Smuts Commonwealth Lecture 2013: Francis B Nyamnjoh, UCT

April 29, 2013

Fiction and Reality of Mobility in Africa, Friday 31 May 2013 at 4.15 pm, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge.

The Human Dimensions of Climate Change: The Politics of Food and Water Security in Africa

April 29, 2013

18-20 September 2013, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (UK)

Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies 2013: Sylvia Tamale, Makerere University

April 29, 2013

Exploring the Contours of African Sexualities: Statutory, Customary and Religious Laws
Tuesday 4 June 2013 at 5pm. Alison Richard Building, Cambridge

Mali in Transition: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 29-30 May

April 16, 2013

29 and 30 May 2013, SOAS, London. This conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.  

Call for Papers: Law and Social Order in Africa, 17th June 2013

April 15, 2013

University of Oxford, Department of International Development, 17th June 2013. Deadline for panel abstracts: 1st May 2013.

Call for Papers: The Politics of Land Grabbing, June 2013

April 15, 2013

4-5 June 2013, Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Limerick

Gender in African Studies Research Day, Oxford, May 2013

April 15, 2013

The International Gender Studies Centre is co-hosting a research day focusing on gender in African Studies on Saturday 11th May 2013 at Lady Margaret Hall.

Proto-Globalisation in the Indian Ocean World - early career conference bursary

April 15, 2013

Generous funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation has been awarded to support the participation of scholars from the developing world in the Proto-Globalisation in the Indian Ocean World Conference, 7-10 November 2013.  This includes two bursaries for early career researchers, to be awarded through an open competition.  The bursaries will cover travel to Oxford, accommodation, subsistence and the conference fee. 

CODESRIA Sub-Regional Methodology Workshop for Social Research in Africa

April 8, 2013

2013 Session for Nigeria and other Anglophone West and Central African Countries, 14-19 October 2013. Deadline for applications: 16 August 2013.

Call for Papers: Reconsidering African Integration in a Fragmented Age Workshop, 2-6 December 2013

April 2, 2013

Call for papers extended until 15 April 2013. Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-6 December 2013. Organised by The International Migration Institute (Oxford University), the African Centre for Migration & Society (Wits University), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.  

The Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies, 4 June 2013

April 2, 2013

Exploring the Contours of African Sexualities: Statutory, Customary and Religious Laws. Professor Sylvia Tamale, Makerere University, Uganda.

New Research in Nigeria Day Workshop, 9 May

April 2, 2013

Theme: enhancing collaboration with Nigerian institutions. Deadline for abstracts: 8 April 2013. Oxford University Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford

African Agricultural Development: Historical Perspectives, 13-14 April

March 28, 2013

Hatfield College, Durham University, Participants are invited to attend this one and a half day ASA funded conference designed to generate open and academic discussion of the issues surrounding agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Going Local: African Texts and Cultures, 27th May 2013

March 26, 2013

A Postgraduate-led Conference and Workshop at the University of Birmingham. Deadline for abstracts: 15th April 2013.

Hidden Collections in African Studies: Call for papers

March 22, 2013

SCOLMA is the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa. Deadline for abstracts: 22 April 2013

Teaching Africa in International Studies - workshops in Cambridge, London and Cape Town

March 20, 2013

Three working-group sponsored workshops on 'Teaching Africa in International Studies' will take place in 2013, in Cambridge, London and Cape Town. Registration is now underway for the first of these, which will take place at the University of Cambridge on April 19th 2013. Registration is free, open to all, and includes lunch. Support with travel expenses may also be available upon request, particularly for postgraduate students and junior scholars.

Making Politics Practical II: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment: Call for papers

March 20, 2013

To be held on 1st November 2013 at the University of Birmingham. Deadline for abstracts: 29 April 2013.

UNU-WIDER Development Conference: call for papers

March 20, 2013

Themes: (1) Measuring growth, poverty, and inequality; (2) Causes and consequences of inclusive growth. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 April 2013.

Religion, Media and Marginality in Africa since 1800 - 23/24 March, SOAS

March 15, 2013

 The workshop will examine the intersection between forms of communication and the growth of new religious constituencies in the context of nineteenth and twentieth century Africa. 23-24 March 2013, 9am-5pm, SOAS, University of London

Crossroads in African Studies, Birmingham. September 2013 - call for papers

March 13, 2013

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Centre of West African Studies (CWAS). 'Crossroads in African Studies' will also launch the first of a new annual lecture series, the Fage Lectures.

London International Development Centre Bi-Annual Conference, 23 May 2013, Birkbeck

March 13, 2013

Highlights of the programme include: What is interdisciplinary research in development? How to run successful interdisciplinary projects? MDGs post 2015 – what role for academic institutions?

Moving Forward in the Eastern Congo: Roles to be Played by the International Community, 19-20 April

March 7, 2013

A conference at the University of St Andrews 19-20 April 2013. Keynote speakers: Gerard Prunier and Koen Vlassenroot

Writing Africa’s Futures, 5 July 2013

March 7, 2013

A Discussion at the British Library featuring Zoe Wicomb, Onookome Okome, Doreen Baingana, Stephanie Newell &the 5 writers shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2013

CODESRIA Democratic Governance Institute 2013

March 5, 2013

Call for applications for the 2013 Institute, to be held 5-23 August 2013, Dakar, Senegal. Theme: Security and democratic governance. Deadline 12 July 2013

OSSREA refresher course - PhD research methodology training

March 4, 2013

A two week course for university lecturers, to be held in Lusaka, Zambia, 20 May - 1 June 2013. Deadline for applications 11 May 2013.

Arms, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa

March 4, 2013

University of Chester, Westminster Building, 6 March 2013, 1.30-5.00pm

Contentions against neoliberalism: Reconstituting the social fabric, 27-28 June

March 1, 2013

Call for papers for a conference to be held at the University of Oxford, June 27-28th 2013. The conference aims to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers who study the relationship between free-market reform and political change. Deadline for abstracts: 20 March 2013.

Second annual Igbo Language Conference, 5-6 April

February 28, 2013

Two-day conference at SOAS, London on the theme ‘Igbo Language and Performance’. The annual conference’s aim is to encourage and promote Igbo Language Studies in the UK. Whilst there are limited Igbo Language and Cultural studies available in British Universities, the annual Igbo Language Conference seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, students and members of the community.

African Popular Cultures Workshop, 25-26 March, University of Sussex

February 25, 2013

Featuring lectures from Prof. Onookome Okome on 'Nollywood: Context, Text', Uta Reuster-Jahn on The Revolt of Independent Bongo Flava Music Entrepreneurs Against a ‘Media Mogul’ in Tanzania and Jesse Weaver Shipley on Digital Circulation and Language-Use in Ghanaian Popular Music

Africa Research Day, London, 29 April - call for papers

February 25, 2013

The Africa Research Student Network (AfNet) at the University of London is seeking papers for its inaugural Africa Research Day. This is a forum for graduate students to discuss research old and new practices, facilitate dialogue across disciplines and bridging the gap between theory and practice.

CODESRIA Methodology Workshop Series - call for applications

February 20, 2013

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is pleased to announce its initiative targeted at those members of the African social research community who have responsibility in their universities for teaching undergraduate and graduate-level course in social science research methods.

Critical Debates With(In) Development: Power, Resilience and Change - IDS / Sussex University

February 19, 2013

The aim of the conference is to bring together a wide diversity of early careers scholars working on development issues from different disciplines and departments. Deadline for paper and panel abstracts: 31 March 2013

Workshop on Resource Wealth and Citizenship, 23-24 May, Sheffield

February 19, 2013

The event will explore the different pathways between resource wealth and economic development on the one hand, and resource wealth and democratisation on the other hand.

8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

February 18, 2013

Paper proposals invited for section on "The Politics of Foreign Aid"

DSA Annual Conference 2013 - Call for Panel Proposals and Abstracts

February 15, 2013

16 November, University of Birmingham. Deadline for panel concepts, 15 April 2013; deadline for panel papers to be advised by panel convenors. Deadline for standalone papers 3 June 2013.

LSE Africa seminar series

February 14, 2013

Held at Clement House, The Aldwych, LSE. Wednesdays from 4-5.30pm during term time

Horn of Africa seminar, University of Oxford, Hilary Term

February 14, 2013

Horn of Africa seminar, University of Oxford, Hilary Term (February/March)

Call launch: DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme

February 11, 2013

28 February 2013 12:00-15:00 at Church House Conference Centre, London and screened live online

20 Years of South African Democracy - April 2014

February 6, 2013

St Antony’s College and the African Studies Centre (ASC) at the University of Oxford are planning a conference to be held on 25th/26th April 2014 on 20 Years of South African Democracy. Deadline for abstracts: 1st July 2013

Addressing, Archiving and Accounting for Legacies of the Apartheid Wars in South Africa

February 6, 2013

Rhodes University, South Africa. Call for Abstracts. Deadline 31 March 2013

2014 ASAUK Conference: call for panels

February 6, 2013

The African Studies Association invites the submission of panels for the 2014 Conference. ASAUK's biennial conference will be held at the University of Sussex and will run from 2pm on Tuesday Sept 9th to 3.30 pm on Thursday 11th September 2014. We would encourage individuals, journals, centres and networks to offer a single or series of panels on particular topics so that there can be sequential debate through the conference.

Reflections on Nigeria's Forth Republic - 31 January, SOAS

January 30, 2013

Sylvester Odion Akhaine, Lagos State University and Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarisation. Thursday 31 January 2013. 12-2pm

Researching Africa Day, Oxford, 23 February

January 29, 2013

Call for papers: The annual Researching Africa Day provides graduate students with the opportunity to network with fellow researchers, exchange information, discuss research strategies and develop ideas in a constructive, stimulating and engaging environment. Deadline: 31 January

Prof. Peter Vale, Aberystwyth University, 14 March

January 24, 2013

‘If International Relations lives in the street, what is it doing in the classroom?’. Lecture by Peter Vale, Professor of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Chair of Politics Emeritus, Rhodes University. 

Call for papers - Southern African Historical Society

January 23, 2013

24th Biennial Conference, 27-29 June 2013, University of Botswana, Gaborone. All For One, One For All?: Leveraging National Interests with Regional Visions in Southern Africa

Africa Research Student Network, University of London - launch event

January 21, 2013

The Africa Research Student Network (AfNet) was created in October 2012 to facilitate greater dialogue between research students focused on Africa from across the University of London. It launches on 21 January at  5.30pm at SOAS.

Researching Citizenship Education in Post-Colonial Africa - Ridwan Osman

January 15, 2013

Africa Research Student Network (AfNet) in partnership with the Centre for African Studies
University of London. Talk by Ridwan Osman, PhD Candidate, Cambridge University, 24 January 2013, SOAS.

DocLinks Summer School 2013 - call for applications

January 15, 2013

The second DocLinks Summer School in Helsinki, Finland on July 2-5, 2013 with the theme of "Bridging Research and Policy for Sustainable Development”. The summer school aims at networking African and European PhD students and supporting the research training and career development of the participants, and will allow the participation of African and European doctoral students across disciplines.

Cambridge West Africa Research Seminar Series

January 14, 2013

Centre of African Studies, Lent 2013 programme

Decolonization Workshop - call for papers

January 12, 2013

Understanding Decolonization within a Transnational Framework. Institute of Commonwealth Studies and King’s College London (in conjunction with Portsmouth University and Sussex University), 15 March 2013. Deadline for submissions 25 January 2013.

Leeds Centre for African Studies - February/March seminars

January 10, 2013

Developmental Patrimonialism, Shari'a Criminal Law in Late-Colonial Northern Nigeria, Memories of the slave trade, Nation-building narrative in South Sudan. 

Neglected tropical diseases and African development - call for papers

January 5, 2013

This panel addresses the growing interest in dealing with previously 'neglected' tropical diseases and the implications this has for the governance of development interventions, strengthening of health systems, and prioritisation of science for development in Africa. Deadline 16 Jan 2013.

Multilingualism and Writing Systems in Cameroon

January 4, 2013

From King Njoya’s Shumum to the General Alphabet of Cameroonian Languages, Dr. Seraphin Kamdem, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa, SOAS, University of London

African Studies and Social Media - call for papers

January 4, 2013

ECAS Lisbon Panel 138. Deadline: 16th January 2013.  The usage and effects of social media in Africa are undergoing contnuous and significant change. This panel intends to explore trends and processes at the interface of social and technological transformation.

Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa

December 14, 2012

Call for papers - Lisbon, 5-6 September 2013

STEPS Centre 2013 Summer School - pathways to sustainability

December 8, 2012

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers or those with equivalent experience, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2013

Military Interventions in a Post-Colonial World

December 7, 2012

Lecture by Prof. Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy, at the BIEA, Nairobi. Tuesday 8th January 2013

Colonial legacy in Northern Nigeria: Rupert Moultrie East and the Development of Hausa

December 6, 2012

UCL West Africa seminar, Friday 07 December, 4pm

Teaching Africa and International Studies - call for papers

December 6, 2012

These workshops to be held in Cambridge, London and Cape Town will explore aspects of teaching Africa and International Studies, including curricula, pedagogy, and ethical and political issues. The workshops are organised through the BISA ‘Africa and International Studies’ working group in conjunction with the Politics Departments of Cambridge University, Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Cape Town. 

The Political Configuration of Identities - Professor Denis-Constant Martin (Sciences Po Bordeaux)

December 6, 2012

The French Embassy has generously sponsored a cycle of lectures and workshops running from Thursday, 31 January 2013 to Friday, 1 February 2013. In this second lecture, co-organised by the Centre of African Studies, Professor Denis-Constant Martin (Sciences Po Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux) will give a talk on The Political Configuration of Identities.

Collaborative Research on Enslavement for Forced Marriage in War

November 28, 2012

Lecture by Annie Bunting at the BIEA, Nairobi, 3rd December 2012

Call for Paper Proposals - 1st European Workshops in International Studies

November 27, 2012

Deadline for submissions 15 December 2012

Governance for Development in Africa 2013 Residential School

November 26, 2012

The next annual residential school of the The Governance for Development in Africa Initiative at SOAS, University of London will take place in Accra, Ghana, on 6-10 May 2013. This initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part in the residential school.

Fifth European Conference on African Studies - call for papers

November 26, 2012

‘African Dynamics in a Multipolar World’. Lisbon, Portugal, on June 26 to 28, 2013. The call for papers is now open and will close on 16th January 2013.

The Judge Who Cried: Enforcing Social and Economic Rights

November 19, 2012

Justice Albie Sachs, former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, will give the 2012 Annual Nairobi Lecture on Friday 23 November. Sachs was appointed by Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court and is presently on the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board. Justice Sachs will talk about cases concerning access to dialysis, to anti-retroviral drugs and the right of persons living with HIV to work on South African Airways.

ABORNE PhD Winter School, January 2013 - call for applications

October 22, 2012

African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE), Saint-Louis, Senegal. Deadline: Friday 31 October 2012.

Book launch - South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence, BIEA Nairobi

October 15, 2012

Friday October 19th, 2012, 6pm - 8pm

Summer School in Social Science Research Methods

October 12, 2012

African Doctoral Academy, in partnership with the International Political Science Association, Stellenbosch, 14-25 January 2013

Oxford University China-Africa Network conference

October 5, 2012

New Trends in African Media: The Growing Role of China. Friday 9 November 2012, St Antony's College, Oxford

Can the African neopatrimonial state be developmental? IFRA/BIEA Nairobi - 21 Sept

September 18, 2012

Lecture by Prof. Daniel Bach

Book launch - Kenya: a history since independence

July 30, 2012

Charles Hornsby, BIEA Nairobi, Wednesday August 1, 7pm - 8pm

Policing Contemporary Kenya: Trends, Innovations and Projections

July 12, 2012

19 July, British Institute for East Africa (BIEA), Kileleshwa, Nairobi, Kenya