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.

Past Events

Latin American Centre Seminars: Co-hosted with the African Studies Centre and the China Centre: The impact of China in developing countries: Latin America and Africa compared

Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 17:00
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics (African Politics) at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Official Fellow of St Peter's College; and a Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin.

Ricardo Soares (University of Oxford) and Rhys Jenkins (University of East Anglia)

African Studies Seminar: Lagos Girl Power: Performing Postfeminism in Nigeria

Simidele Dosekun, University of Sussex
Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

This paper draws from a research project on class-privileged young women in Lagos who dress in a ‘spectacularly feminine style’ characterised by the extravagant use of normatively feminine elements including cascading hair extensions, long and brightly painted acrylic nails, heavy and immaculate

Simidele Dosekun, University of Sussex

African Studies Seminar: Same Love: A Kenyan Gay Music Video as an African Queer Imaginary

Adriaan Van Klinken, University of Leeds
Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 17:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

In February 2016, a group of Nairobi-based artists under the name Art Attack released a music video titled Same Love. They described it as ‘a Kenyan song about same sex rights’, while at the same time claiming that the song had a pan-African scope.

Adriaan Van Klinken, University of Leeds