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 Hilary 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 Hilary 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

Horn of Africa: Constitutionalism, ‘developmentalism’ and popular demands in Ethiopia: exploring the common denominator

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
African Studies Centre Seminar Room

This seminar seeks to explain the competing and sometimes conflicting aspirations of the Ethiopian State, and its outcome as it has been displayed in the recent popular protests and demands.

Speaker(s): 
Henok Gabisa (Washington and Lee)

South Africa Discussion Group: UMTETELI WA BANTU AND THE CONSTITUTION OF SOCIAL PUBLICS IN 1920S AND 1930S SOUTH AFRICA

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Most writing on the black press in South African history views Umteteli wa Bantu, established in 1920 and funded by the Native Recruitment Corporation, as a signal for African loss of editorial independence, punting moderate African views in reaction to the more radical news available in newspape

Speaker(s): 
NATASHA ERLANK (University of Johannesburg)

Past Events

Tackling Governance, Development and Security Challenges in Nigeria - Public Lecture by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria

Friday, 9 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford

How do we approach the questions of governance and development in the context of myriad challenges to human and state security such as the Boko Haram insurgency, lack of access to quality education, good health care, etc.?

African Studies Seminar: 'The politics of things’: digital media, urban space and the materiality of civic engagement - CANCELLED due to the severe weather conditions

Thursday, 1 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

‘The politics of things’ refers to the way in which objects and physical spaces remain crucial to political communication in a digital age as well as to the manner in which objects such as clothing and the built environment become politicized in particular contexts.

Speaker(s): 
Wendy Willems (London School of Economics)

African Studies Seminar: Capitalist development and political institutions in Tanzania: Explaining variation in party cohesion and legislative power

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

The Tanzanian Bunge was long judged one of the weakest parliaments in a region where the legislature is often dismissed as a “sideshow”. Yet between 2005 and 2015, Bunge repeatedly forced then President Jakaya Kikwete to reshuffle his cabinet following corruption probes.

Speaker(s): 
Michaela Collord (University of Oxford)

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