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  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
  • Receiving quarterly issues of African Affairs;
  • Support the work of the society.

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Events

We run an exciting and extensive programme of events on a variety of topics for audiences with an interest in Africa. The majority of our events are mostly open to the general public. Our programme of events include regular talks, book launches, and business breakfasts for corporate members as well as events run in partnership with other organisations. We hold an Annual Lecture and two highly popular festivals, Africa Writes, the UK’s largest literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and Film Africa, our annual celebration of  African Cinema. 

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
ASAUK Biennial Conference Date: 11 – 13 September 2018 Venue: University of Birmingham, United Kingdom    Our sister organisation African Studies Association UK (ASAUK) will hold a biennial conference from 11-13 September 2018 at the University of Birmingham on the Edgabston campus. The ASAUK 2018 conference will celebrate the diversity and... more
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development Date & Time: Wednesday 19 September, 18:30 – 20:00 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series Taxation has been seen as the domain of charisma-free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers – an unlikely place to encounter... more
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 6:00pm
The Royal African Society's Annual Lecture 2018 Delivered by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia   Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018   Venue: Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL   Biography: Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a leading promoter... more