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.

Upcoming Events

Professor Jane Guyer ''Pathways in Thought, Career, and Changing Times''

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 -
17:00 to 19:00
Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College, Univeristy of Oxford

Jane Guyer is professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and author of the acclaimed book, Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa (2004), among others.

Professor Jane Guyer

Past Events

South Africa Discussion Group: Heavy Metal in the Streets: Private Security and the Evolution of Extended Security Networks in Johannesburg

Martin Murray, University of Michigan
Tuesday, 10 May, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Our South Africa Discussion Group welcomes Martin Murray, University of Michigan, to discuss the private security and evolution of extended security networks in Johannesburg. 

Martin Murray

African Studies Seminar: Fair Tax - What does it look like and how do we get it? (Invite only event)

Oxfam-Oxford University May 2016
Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Investcorp Building lecture room, St. Antony’s College, Oxford

This event, bringing together the shared expertise of Oxfam and the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre, will discuss the notion of fair tax in the context of a growing inequality crisis.

Mark Goldring, CEO Oxfam GB
Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa
Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International
Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute.
Nic Cheeseman, African Studies Centre

Horn of Africa: The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa - Money, War and the Business of Power

Alex de Waal
Tuesday, 26 April, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
African Studies Seminar Room, 13 Bevington Road, Oxford

The Horn of Africa Seminar Series hosts a book launch and discussion with author, Alex de Waal, on his book "The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa - Money, War and the Business of Power" .

Alex de Waal

African Studies Seminar: Book launch: “The Shadow of Kenyan Democracy: Widespread Expectations of Widespread Corruption”

Thursday, 10 March, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Why has democracy failed to reduce corruption in Kenya? Framing the challenge in game theoretical terms, Dominic Burbidge examines how mutual expectations between citizens dictate the success or failure of political reforms.

African Studies Seminar: “Relocating the Market: Spatial and Economic Logics of Evicted Malian Market Traders in Dakar”

Thursday, 3 March, 2016 -
17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Gunvor teaches on the Migration Studies MSc. She specialises in migration and mobility in Africa, and the anthropology of West Africa (Mali/Senegal).

Gunvor Jonsson (University of Oxford)