The University of Oxford is one of the world's leading centres for the study of Africa. In every Faculty and Division across the University there are active research programmes focused on the continent. The African Studies Centre, within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa. Alongside the vibrant doctoral programmes, the MSc in African Studies, inaugurated in 2006, is already recognised as Europe's most prestigious and successful training programme in its field.
The African Union and Post-Coup Intervention in Madagascar
In this seminar we hosted Antonia Witt of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Their lecture is titled The African Union and Post-Coup Intervention in Madagascar.
The Dead Speak: Identity, Autochthony and the Occult in Kenya’s Western Highlands
In this seminar we hosted David Anderson of Warwick University as he presented on "The Dead Speak: Identity, Autochthony and the Occult in Kenya’s Western Highlands".
Being and Becoming African as a Permanent Work in Progress: Inspiration from Chinua Achebe’s Proverbs
In this seminar we hosted Professor Francis Nyamnjoh as he presented his lecture titled Being and Becoming African as a Permanent Work in Progress: Inspiration from Chinua Achebe’s Proverbs.
The Intimate State: Teachers as Fault Line Between Repression and Revolution
In this seminar we hosted Jennifer Riggan as she gave a lecture entitled: The Intimate State: Teachers as Fault Line Between Repression and Revolution
An Expatriate Family in the Nigerian Civil War (Book Presentation and Discussion)
In this podcast we hear from Selina Molteno, Publisher, Oxford & Robin Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, as they discuss their lecture titled An Expatriate Family in the Nigerian Civil War.
Anusocratie? Freemasonry, Sexual Transgression and Illicit Enrichment in Postcolonial Africa
In this seminar, Rogers Orock (University of Witwatersrand) and Peter Geschiere (University of Amsterdam) jointly provide a lecture titled: Anusocratie? Freemasonry, Sexual Transgression and Illicit Enrichment in Postcolonial Africa.
Are we talking about Africa?
As an African I often had to pinch myself to realize the speakers are talking about Africa - an Africa that I cannot see through their sophisticated eyes but only from my own experienced eyes: Poverty, corruption, war, rape, murder, hunger thirst, suffering. Are academics asleep or simply endemic positivists? It affirms that unless you know and experience Africa you can never talk of it in any authoritive way. OXFORD has regressed to being an OX-FORD. All you sophitocrats, enjoy your seminars, barbeques, luncheons and theorizing, while Africa bleeds from every orifice. Granted, I cannot say this about every writer and speaker, but most left me feeling that from a new distance of safety, the sense of real danger rapidly regresses to the back of the mind, like the wounded soldier shipped back home with sudden glee relates war stories. But back on the front friends continue to die.