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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. 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, 24 April 2018 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Date & Time: Tuesday 24 April 2018, 19:15 – 20:45, followed by a reception Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG  When Hissène Habré, the deposed dictator of Chad, was found guilty of crimes against humanity in 2016, it was described as ‘a watershed for human rights justice in Africa and beyond’. For the first time... more
Friday, 29 June 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, 1 July 2018 - 9:00pm
  Africa Writes 2018 Date: Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July 2018 Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB Africa Writes returns for an exciting summer weekend at the British Library celebrating the best of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora. We’ve had an amazing response to our call for contributions and are busy cooking up a treat... more
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