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

Horn of Africa: Panel discussion - The changing faces of Ethiopia’s “rural” communities: evidence from Ethiopia WIDE

AfricAfrican Studies Centre, Oxford
Tuesday, 1 November, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

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

Pip Bevan (Mokoro)
Catherine Dom (Mokoro)
Sarah Vaughan (Edinburgh)

Symposium: Drugs, Politics and Society in the Global South

Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 09:00 to Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 17:00
The Investcorp Auditorium, St Antony's College

More than ever, the issue of drugs and debates around drug policy have become relevant to the political debate across the globe.

Dennis Rodgers (Amsterdam)
Gernot Klantschnig (York)
Giulia Zocatelli (King's College London)
Isaac Campos (Cincinnati)
James Mills (Strathclyde)
James Windle (East London)
Maziyar Ghiabi (Oxford)
Neil Carrier (Oxford)
Orkideh Behrouzan (King's College London)
Pablo Seward (Stanford)
Saeyoung Park (Leiden)
Anais Medeiros Passos (Sciences Po)

South Africa Discussion Group: Genealogies of intersectionality: theorising race, class, gender and sexuality in South Africa

Shireen Hassim (Wits University)
Tuesday, 25 October, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

The South Africa Discussion Group are pleased to welcome Shireen Hassim (Wits University) to discuss the genealogies of intersectionality in South Africa. 

Shireen Hassim (Wits University)

African Studies Seminar: Between Rootedness and Rootlessness: How Sedentarist and Nomadic Metaphysics Simultaneously Challenge and Reinforce (Dual) Citizenship Claims for Liberia

Robtel Pailey (University of Oxford)
Thursday, 20 October, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Robtel Pailey (University of Oxford) discusses how sedentarist and nomadic metaphyiscs affects citizenship claims for Liberia. 

Robtel Pailey (University of Oxford)

Britain Zimbabwe Society Day

Jonny Steinberg
Saturday, 18 June, 2016 -
09:00 to 17:00
Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College, Oxford

Britain Zimbabwe Society Research Day in partnership with the African Studies Centre and Zimbabwe Health Training Support (ZHTS). An updated programme is attached (please see below).

Jonny Steinberg