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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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Security at the Margins (SeaM)

SeaM is a three-year collaboration between CAS and the University of the Witwatersand, which explores the strategies individuals use to negotiate marginality in urban South Africa. At a time of increased homophobic and xenophobic attacks,... Read more about: Security at the Margins (SeaM)

ESRC postdoc success

Michael Crawley with successful ESRC postdoc.

Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o receives Degree of Doctor of Letters

World renowned Kenyan writer and academic, Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of Edinburgh on

Oct 23 Speaker: Florence Brisset-Foucault # Lecturer in Political Science, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IMAF (Institut des mondes africains), Junior fellow of the Institut universitaire de France We didn't have salt, but we had papers: Village identity papers in Uganda 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Seminar room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Oct 30 Speaker: Manthia Diawara # Institute of Afro-American Affairs at New York University Professor Manthia Diawara in Conversation: CAS Seminar 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Seminar rooms 1&2, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Nov 06 Speaker: Kieran Mitton # King's College London A Game of Pain: Youth Marginalisation and the Gangs of Freetown 16:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Seminar room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building