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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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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 first literary festival focused on African writers and their readers, and  Film Africa, our annual celebration of  African Cinema. 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
We are pleased to announce the Royal African Society Annual Lecture will take place Tuesday 17th October 2017, at SOAS, University of London.  The speaker will be Dr Carlos Lopes, development economist and former head of UNECA - UN Economic Commission for Africa. Further details TBA
Friday, 27 October 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, 5 November 2017 - 11:00pm
SAVE THE DATES!   Film Africa is Royal African Society annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become a key platform for African cinema in London and the UK.   From Friday 27 October – Sunday 5 November 2017, we’ll be bringing another exciting film programme of... more
Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Date & Time: Thursday 16 November, 19:00 - 20:30 Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Speakers: Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham; Lindsay Whitfield, Roskilde University & others contributors TBA This event marks the launch of The African Affairs Reader: Key Texts in Politics, Development, and International Relations African Affairs is the top journal in African... more


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