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  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
  • Receiving quarterly issues of African Affairs;
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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. The majority of our events are open to the general public. Our programme of events include regular talks, book launches, and 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. 

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
        Economies to Watch: Rwanda, Opportunities for Trade and Investment 19th September 2019, 18:00 – 19:30, followed by a networking reception     Invitation only     The Royal African Society’s ‘Economies to Watch’ series brings you one of the most exciting economic growth... more
Friday, 20 September 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Mobilisation and Resistance in Sudan’s Uprising Date & Time: Friday 20th September, 18:00 - 19:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre Torrington Square London WC1H 0XG Sudan’s season of revolt, which resulted in the removal of former president Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, featured a plethora of popular organizational forms. Some of these were a reworking of the long-... more
Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm
  The Youth of God  - In Conversation with Hassan Ghedi Santur & Nadifa Mohamed FRSL Saturday 28th September, 13:30 - 17:00 Alumni Lecture theatre, SOAS   Chair: Nadifa Mohamed FRSL, British/Somali novelist The Youth of God tells the story of Nuur, a sensitive and academically gifted seventeen-year-old boy growing up in Toronto’s Somali neighbourhood, as... more
Thursday, 10 October 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline   Thursday, 10th October, 2019, 19:00 - 20:30   Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS   Launch of the latest book in the African Arguments series. Coming into existence amid a wave of optimism in 2011, South Sudan has since slid into violence and conflict. Even in the face of escalating civil... more
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and investment    Wednesday, 20th November, 2019, 09:00 - 19:00 Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE      Held in partnership with the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Wellcome Trust, this landmark conference aims to secure real... more