ASAUK 50th Anniversary Events, 23-24th October 2013, University of London

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 6:30pm to Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 9:00pm

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the African Studies Association of the UK

Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Annual General Meeting of the African Studies Association of the UK, 3:30-4:30PM, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG.

Registration: ​ RSVP to

23 October 2013 arrive from 6:30pm: At Kings College, S8 Open Space (History Department) Strand Building Strand, London WC2R 2LS (next to Somerset House): Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture

“Adapting to Climate Change: Coping with the Effect of Weather Changes in Rural Sierra Leone”

Event followed by a drinks reception. Register here.


Thursday 24th of October, 2013, 2-4PM

"Sash of fulfilment". Venue: British Museum Stevenson Lecture Theatre 

"Sash of Fulfilment” film, performance and discussion with artist, Leo Asemota and British Museum Africa Galleries curator, Chris Spring.

This event explores key themes in "The Ens Project" an on-going multiphase work of artist Leo Asemota for whom 1897 is a crucial year,in being both a high water mark of the pomp of Empire as witnessed in Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations, and the year in which the pre-colonial Kingdom of Benin was razed by the British and the 'Benin bronzes' were taken and dispersed around the world – many are now housed in the British Museum collection.

The discussion will begin with a screening of films from Asemota's live art works in the Tanks at Tate Modern (2012) and St. Paul's Cathedral (2008), followed by a procession of characters from the performances draped in the "Sash of Fulfilment" marking the end of their involvement in Asemota's project.

This event will be free and open to both members of ASAUK/RAS and the public. Tickets must be obtained in advance from the British Museum website or by telephone. Get tickets here.


Thursday 24th of October, 2013, 6:30-9PM

Drinks reception with African music for ASAUK/RAS members and invited guests.

Venue: October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester St. London, WC1N 3AL

Registration: Please RSVP to, quoting 'ASAUK 50th Anniversary Reception' in the subject line.