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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

Featured Research

Transboundary resource management

This project contributes to understandings of socio-economic, environmental and political spaces of borderland livelihoods among communities that depend on resource extraction along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border.... Read more about: Transboundary resource management

Kalushi:The Story of Solomon Mahlangu

CAS sponsored film screening at the Africa in Motion Festival

CAS Research Fellow Wins ASAUK Award

Congratulations to Dr Maggie Dwyer, who was runner-up for the 2016 Audrey Richard Prize offered by the African Studies Association of the UK.

Oct 26 Speaker: Dana Rush # University of Strasburg; Introduced by: Barbara Bompani # University of Edinburgh The Idea of “India” in West African Vodun Art and Thought 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Seminar rooms 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

CAS seminar series

Oct 27 Speaker: Andrew Harding # BBC; Hosted by: Pete Kingsley # Centre of African Studies The Mayor of Mogadishu 13:00 (2 hours) 50 George Sq Lecture Theatre

Centre of African Studies event

Oct 28 Speaker: Dr Raquel Ribeiro # TBC; Introduced by: Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse # CAS Tricontinentalism/Pan-Africanism symposium 12:00 (2 hours) Chrystal Macmillan Building, Practice Suite 1st floor

CAS Seminar

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