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Membership benefits include:

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

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We run an exciting and extensive programme of events on a variety of topics for audiences with an interest in Africa. Our events are mostly free and 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 first literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and  Film Africa, our annual celebration of  African Cinema. 

Photo: Siddharth Khajuria

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Wednesday 27 May,  6:30-8:30PM Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Speakers: Dr Jeremy Lind, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Caitriona Dowd, Senior Researcher, Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED); Aden Abdi, Horn of Africa Programme Manager, Conciliation Resources ; Dr Yvan Guichaoua,... more
Friday, 29 May 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
                                                                             © Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian Date & Time: Friday 29 May 2015, 7:30-9:30PM Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre... more
Monday, 8 June 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  Date & Time: Monday 8 June 2015, 6:30-8:30PM  Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG   Speakers: Celeste Hicks, author & journalist; Gonyi Ajawin, Associate at Fasken Martineau LLP; Barnaby Briggs, Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Jim Cust, Director of Data & Analysis, Natural Resource Governance Institute... more