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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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Poverty and Conflict

'Poverty and Conflict'is a three-year project, which aims to compare individual combatants' experiences and exercise of power during and after conflict. It is led by Professor Paul Nugent and Dr Zoe Marks, focusing on Liberia,... Read more about: Poverty and Conflict

CAS Annual Conference - Law and Social Order in Africa

The creation and enforcement of law and the maintenance of social order are key concerns for states, societies, and individuals across Africa. However, the way

'Social Media in Africa: Beyond the hashtag' (CfP now closed)

The workshop will address the diverse uses and affects of social media in Africa. 27th April 2017; CAS, University of Edinburgh; 6th floor meeting room,

Mar 29 Speaker: Dr Michelle Hay # University of the Witwatersrand Does South Africa's Land Restitution Programme encourage xenophobic attitudes? 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) S1 7 George Square

CAS Seminar Series

Apr 03 CAS Annual Conference - Law and Social Order in Africa 09:00 (1 day and 8 hours) Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square


Apr 26 Hosted by: Dr Maggie Swyer # UoE; Hosted by: Dr Tom Molony # UoE Workshop: ‘Social Media in Africa: Beyond the hashtag’ 13:00 (1 day and 4 hours) Room 2.14 Appleton Tower, Chrichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

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