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Centre of African Studies



The University of Edinburgh has an important and long historical connection with Africa and CAS 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... Read rest of text

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Boundaries and state-making in the Trans-Volta and Senegambia

Professor Paul Nugent is working on his next monograph, which examines boundaries and state-making in West Africa from the mid-18th century to the present. The book deals with colonial state creation and ideas of community,... Read more about: Boundaries and state-making in the Trans-Volta and Senegambia

Jan 18 Speaker: Dr Sarah Worden # National Museums Scotland; Speaker: Dr Lawrence Dritsas # University of Edinburgh Scottish Collectors and Collecting in Central Africa, 1870–1930 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Hugh Robson Building Lecture Theatre

CAS Seminar Series

Feb 24 Hosted by: Centre of African Studies and the Global and Transnational History Research Group # University of Edinburgh The Arusha Declaration @50 09:00 (8 hours) Chrystal Macmillan Building


Apr 03 CAS Annual Conference - Law and Social Order in Africa 09:00 (1 day and 8 hours) Chrystal Macmillan Building


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