Events

African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

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 Seminars - Thursdays 5pm, Pavilion Room, St Antony’s College
  • African History and Politics Seminars -   Mondays 5 pm, Seminar Room 2, Oxford Department of International Development, organised by the History Faculty. Details of the Trinity term seminars are on Oxford Talks
  • South Africa Discussion Group - Tuesdays 5pm, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House
  • Oxford Central Africa Forum - Wednesdays 5pm, venue varies so please check the specific seminar you would like to attend. Details of the Trinity term seminars are on the OCAF website.
  • 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. To stay up to date with events, news and job oppourtunities at the African Studies Centre, subscribe to our mailing list.
 

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.

Upcoming Events

Talk by Chairman Stan Shih on Si-nnovation Island & Eastern Si-vilization

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 -
14:30 to 15:30
Said Business School (Lecture Theatre 4), Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP

Chairman Shih will talk about Taiwan’s role as the manufacturing centre of the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. He will discuss the future of this industry and what is Taiwan’s next step.

Past Events

South Africa Discussion Group: ‘The Welfare Consequences of Labour Market Volatility: The South African Case’

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018 - 17:00
St Antony's College - Pavilion Room

Rocco Zizzamia (ODID)

‘The Welfare Consequences of Labour Market Volatility: The South African Case’ (explaining why voluntary decisions to leave jobs are surprisingly frequent amongst those for whom jobs appear indispensable as a core livelihood strategy, and the implications

AfriSoc 60th Anniversary - Pan Africanism: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future

Saturday, 2 June, 2018 -
14:00 to 16:00
Investcorp Building, St Antony's College, Oxford

The Oxford University Africa Society focuses on African affairs at the University of Oxford. It seeks to set the agenda for the future of the African Continent by providing a platform for students hailing from or interested in Africa to critically engage.

Speaker(s): 
Ambassador Abena Busia
Prof. Patricia Daley
Dr. Tunde Oseni
Dr. Simukai Chigudu
Prof. Kole Omotoṣo (keynote speaker)

Horn of Africa: Shelter from the storm: Somali migrant networks in Uganda between international business and regional geopolitics

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 -
16:00 to 17:30
African Studies Centre Seminar Room

 

 

 

No prior registration is required to attend the seminar, but masters and doctoral students are encouraged to sign up to the online list of graduates working on the Horn of Africa: http://goo.gl/qtv30E

 

Speaker(s): 
Mohamed Hersi (Independent)

South Africa Discussion Group: Patronage, power and political markets in South African municipalities

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

CRISPIAN OLVER’S  career as liberation activist, government bureaucrat and academic has been intimately involved in South Africa’s transition to democracy and state formation process.

Speaker(s): 
Crispian Olver (Author of 'How to steal a city')

Horn of Africa: Regional pastoral livestock trade and trends in the Horn of Africa

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 -
16:00 to 17:30
African Studies Centre Seminar Room

The pastoral livestock trade in the Horn of Africa is highly dynamic. Animals are traded and moved within countries, across national borders and beyond the region for export – principally to the Middle East. The livestock trade is fluid, with changes in the direction of market flows.

Speaker(s): 
Hussain Abdullahi Mahmoud (Technical University of Mombasa)

African Studies Seminar: Uneven Accountability in the Wake of Political Violence: Evidence from Kenya’s Ashes and Archives

Thursday, 17 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

The government faces a principal–agent problem with lower-level state officers. Officers are often expected to use the state coercive capacity endowed to them to politically benefit the government. But officers can shirk from the government’s demands.

Speaker(s): 
Mai Hassan (University of Michigan)

African Studies Seminar: The tree for living well: the socio-cultural significance of enset in southern Ethiopia

Thursday, 10 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Enset (ensete ventricosum; Abyssinian banana), uniquely domesticated in Ethiopia, sustains upwards of 20 million people in southern Ethiopia. It also feeds a sizeable animal population and is in turn nurtured by both animals and people.

Speaker(s): 
Elizabeth Ewart (University of Oxford) & Wolde Tadesse (University of Oxford)

Horn of Africa: Support or subvert? Assessing devolution's effect on central power during Kenya's 2017 presidential rerun

Tuesday, 8 May, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
African Studies Centre Seminar Room

Devolution introduced new local-level political offices in order to transform Kenyan politics by reducing the high stakes around the presidential race.

Speaker(s): 
Hannah Waddilove (University of Warwick)

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