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.

Henok Gabisa (Washington and Lee)


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

NATASHA ERLANK (University of Johannesburg)

Past Events

Horn of Africa: Modernist architecture and the global politics of heritage management: the case of Asmara, Eritrea

Edward Denison (University College London)
Tuesday, 8 November, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

Edward Denison (University College London) discusses modernist architecture and heritage in this week's Horn of Africa seminar. 

Edward Denison (University College London)

South Africa Discussion Group: Is the decline of the ANC really such a good thing? Politics after the end of one-party dominance

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

Please note that this week's South Africa Discussion Group will take place in the African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road.

David Adler (Oxford University)

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)