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, 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. 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.

Past Events

African Studies Seminar: Bars, Branches, Stereos and Choppers: Innovation in Election Campaign Technologies in Tanzania

African Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, 4th floor Gateway Building, St Antony's College, Oxford

Dan Paget is currently finishing his DPhil at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He writes on the politics of sub-Saharan Africa in general, and the politics of Tanzania and Zambia in particular.

Speaker(s): 
Dan Paget (Oxford)

African Studies Seminar: Laughing about Corruption in Chinese-Ethiopian Encounters

Miriam Driessen (Oxford)
Thursday, 11 May, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, 4th floor Gateway Building, St Antony's College, Oxford

My paper sheds light on comic narratives of corruption as a form of cultural critique. I ask the question why corruption stories in the context of Chinese-Ethiopian encounters are often infused with humour.

Speaker(s): 
Miriam Driessen (Oxford)

African Studies Seminar: How to Rig an Election: Reflections on Ten Years of Studying Democracy

Nic Cheeseman
Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, 4th floor Gateway Building, St Antony's College, Oxford

We are delighted to welcome Prof Nic Cheeseman, now of the University of Birmingham, to reflect on his outstanding contribution to the study of African politics at Oxford's African Studies Centre and the Department of Politics and International Development.

Speaker(s): 
Nic Cheeseman (Birmingham)

Horn of Africa: “A people, united in struggle… is reborn”: Anya-Nya propaganda and Israel’s involvement in Sudan’s first civil war, 1969-1971

Yotam Gidron (Oxford)
Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 - 17:00
Seminar Room, African Studies Centre, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

The Horn of Africa Seminar brings together students and scholars interested in examining the region from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.

Speaker(s): 
Yotam Gidron (Oxford)

SIAS Careers Day

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017 -
15:00 to 17:00
The Nissan Institute Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College

The School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) is hosting a Careers Day on Tuesday 14th March in the Nissan Institute Lecture Theatre. The event will feature alumni guest speakers from SIAS and a talk by Mike Moss from the Careers Service.

Speaker(s): 
Mike Moss (Oxford Careers Service)
Babak Moussavi (MSc Contemporary India, 2014) Thought Leadership Research Specialist for Accenture
Sarah Covington (MSc African Studies, 2012) Senior Research Analyst and Deputy Head, Sahel & West Africa Team, FCO
James Tunningley (MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies, 2015) RUSI/Civil Service fast-track, Director, Young China Watchers
Josh Toohey (MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies, 2016) commercial risk analyst

African Studies Seminar: Decolonial Citizenship: African Women’s Political Practices in Contested Spaces

Annette Joseph-Gabriel, University of Arizona (United States)
Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Black women played an active role in decolonization in the francophone world. However, their voices remain muted in historical narratives of twentieth-century anticolonial movements.

Speaker(s): 
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, University of Arizona (United States)

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