ASA UK Conference
The annual African Studies Association UK conference took place from 9th September-11th September at the University of Sussex. Held every two years, the conference was again a great success.
This year’s conference featured an exciting collection of panellists presenting a diverse range of topics. The conference featured a programme from ‘Africa in Words’, the blogging site on African literature, which hosted readings by writers from the University of Sussex itself. Keynote academics such as Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, Dr Yossa Way and Prof. Peter Alexander provided interesting discussion points for number of particular streams that were running throughout the event; these streams included Culture, Publishing, as well as streams that focused on particular regions and issues.
Attendees were able to enjoy discussions ranging from Identity and Culture in the black suburbs of Paris to the Heritage of the African Palm Wine Oil trade. Due to RAS strong association with the ASA many of our team members were in attendance, with Magnus Taylor, on the Publishing and Media speakers’ panel, where he discussed how the RAS brings academic perspectives to a wider audience.