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The African Studies Centre organises a lively programme of seminars, workshops and international conferences. At least three research seminars on Africa meet each week during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms: 

  • African Studies SeminarsThursdays 5pm, Pavilion Room, St Antony’s College
  • African History and Politics Seminars -  Mondays 5 pm, Seminar Room 2, Oxford Department of International Development 
  • South Africa Discussion Group - Tuesdays 5pm, Pavilion Room, St Antony's College
  • Oxford Central Africa Forum - Wednesdays 5pm, venue varies so please check the specific seminar you would like to attend
  • Horn of Africa Seminars - Tuesdays 5pm, Seminar Room, African Studies Centre


Times, venues and seminar topics for each are detailed in the pdf documents below.

We also host a variety of annual events including:

In April 2015 we held a special conference focussing on 20 Years of South African Democracy.

Podcasts of past seminars and events hosted by the African Studies Centre are available both on the Oxford University Podcasts Website and on iTuneU.

Past Events

African Studies Seminar: Cholera and the Politics of Disposability in Harare's High-Density Townships

Simukai Chigudu (University of Oxford)
Thursday, 17 November, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

In August 2008, the impoverished high-density townships in Harare’s metropolitan area were engulfed by a devastating cholera epidemic. The disease rapidly spread throughout Zimbabwe resulting in an unprecedented 98,000 cases and over 4,000 deaths, thereby becoming the largest and most extensive cholera outbreak in recorded African history.

Simukai Chigudu (University of Oxford)

Horn of Africa: Modernist architecture and the global politics of heritage management: the case of Asmara, Eritrea

Edward Denison (University College London)
Tuesday, 8 November, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

Edward Denison (University College London) discusses modernist architecture and heritage in this week's Horn of Africa seminar. 

Edward Denison (University College London)