Monday, 21 November 2016

Events Highlight: November @ CAS

Reminder: Events @ CAS

Events Highlight: November @ CAS

Book Launches, Discussions, Lectures, Seminars and Panels

Sovereign Immunity, Rule of law and its Impact on infrastructure Development in Africa

Date: 23 November 2016 | Time: 5 - 7pm
Venue: Hunton & Williams LLP, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP

This seminar will examine the impact of claims to sovereign immunity and (lack of) adherence to the rule of law on the infrastructural development of African countries.

Speakers: Dr Emilia Onyema (SOAS School of Law) and Mr Andrew Thomas (Hunton & Williams LLP)

Chair: Prof. Mashood Baderin, SOAS, University of London

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Cultural Compounds : What is this 'New' Black in Black Popular Culture?

Date: 19 November 2016 | Time: 9am - 9pm
Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS

The panel symposium consists of arts practitioners, activists, theorists and artists from UK covering Cultural Theory, Music, Style (with a focus on hair) and Idols and Icons. All themes will be interpreted broadly and include questions on race, place and identity for artists of African descent in Europe.

Keynote Speaker: Ben Okri

The Unravelling of the ANC

Date: 21 November 2016 | Time: 5:15pm - 7pm
Venue: Room 4429, Russell Square: College Buildings

This presentation will delve into the reasons behind the dramatic drop in the ANC’s electoral support by focussing on significant events leading up to the elections.

Speaker: Salim Vally, Director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation

Chair: Prof. Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London


Corruption, Due Process and Public Morality on Trial

Date: 22 November 2016 | Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Room G3, Russell Square: College Buildings

This lecture will interrogate the various arguments in the light of the Nigerian government’s attempt to fight corruption and the need to resolve the conflict between right to privacy and overriding public interest.

Speaker: Professor Imran Oluwole Smith, SAN, FCI Arb (UK) FCTI

Chair: Prof. Mashood Baderin, SOAS, University of London


Sol Plaatje’s Native Life A Hundred Years On

Date: 25 November 2016 | Time: 5pm - 8pm
Courtroom, First Floor, Senate House

This book launch and roundtable event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa and celebrate the publication of Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa. Past and Present (Wits University Press).

Speakers: Sabata-mpho Mokae (novelist and poet /Sol Plaatje University), Janet Remmington (York University), Brian Willan (Rhodes University), Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths), Heather Hughes (Lincoln University), William Beinart (Oxford University)

Discussant: Andrew van der Viles (Queen Mary)


The Dynamics of Kauraye Activities in Katsina, Northern Nigeria

Date: 28 November 2016 | Time: 5.15pm - 7pm
Venue: Room 4429, Russell Square: College Buildings

Negative activities among youth groups have remained a phenomenon in the developing countries of Asia, Latin America and Africa. The focus of this presentation will be on the activities of such group, known as the Kauraye in post independent Katsina state, Nigeria.
Speaker: Dr Ibrahim Kankara, Umaru Mussa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Nigeria
Chair: Prof Emeritus Murray Last, UCL


Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary Disputes and Land Governance

Date: 30 November 2016 | Time: 7 - 9pm
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, SOAS

The book examines issues of international border demarcation. The book can be downloaded for free here.

Panellists: Cherry Leonardi, Martina Santschi, Douglas H. Johnson, Peter Hakim Justin

Moderator: Mawam Muortat (SSSUK)


Call for Contributions

SOAS Africa Conference - Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July 2017 | 9.00 am to 6.00pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre | SOAS, University of London

SOAS's Centre of African Studies (CAS) hereby calls for contributions for the first SOAS Africa Conference on 20th and 21st of July 2017.
The 2-day conference seeks contributions addressing issues relevant to five broad, cross-cutting and interconnected themes:
  •  Language and linguistic inclusion
  •  Law, governance and economy
  •  Production and transmission of knowledge and skills
  •  Development, aid and trade
  •  African media, cultural representation and production.
If you would like to contribute please submit a 500-word abstract and state which of the broad themes listed above it addresses. Abstracts need not to be limited to academic papers, but can also include performances, media, talks, and debates.

Deadline for abstracts: 10 December 2016
Send abstracts to:

Read more about the conference, registration fees and submissions guidelines here


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