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Centre of African Studies



The University of Edinburgh has an important and long historical connection with Africa and is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Africa. The Centre of African Studies was founded in 1962. It was one of the original African Studies Centres in the UK founded on the recommendation of the Hayter Commission. The Centre of African Studies acts as a focal point for postgraduate teaching and supervision on Africa and a hub for research programmes... Read rest of text

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Realising Justice? Land Reform in Southern Africa

This project consists of a series of workshops, addressing the critical issues of land rights and reform in southern Africa. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe, examining the... Read more about: Realising Justice? Land Reform in Southern Africa

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Chancellor’s Rising Star Award 2016 to Sam Spiegel, CAS

Dr. Samuel Spiegel, Lecturer in International Development at the Centre of African Studies, is the recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Rising Star Award for Research

New UG Course: Africa in the Contemporary World

Come and find out more at the Academic Fair on 13th September 2016

Upcoming Events

Sep 26 Hosted by: Dr Barbara Bompani # Director, Centre of African Studies; Introduced by: Laura Martin # Centre of African Studies African Film Night 18:00 (3 hours) 6th Floor Common Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

African Film Night Sept 2016

Sep 28 Speaker: Dr Raquel Ribeiro # TBC; Introduced by: Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse # CAS Africa in Motion film screening 16:00 (2 hours) G04, 50 George Sq

CAS Seminar

Sep 28 Speaker: Benjamin Rubbers # University of Liège; Introduced by: José Maria-Munoz # University of Edinburgh Reinventing paternalism. A genealogy of workplace regimes in the mining sector, central Africa 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Seminar rooms 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

CAS seminar series

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