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

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


20 and 21 July 2017

Imagining Africa’s Future marks SOAS’ centenary, and in order to celebrate a century of African studies we look forward to examine future key trends, changes and debates that are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, drawing from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives in a truly inter-disciplinary conference.

The conference will bring together academics and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss and analyse contemporary issues affecting the continent and its diaspora through ground breaking contributions in the form of academic papers, films and other audio visual media, performances, poetry and debates. The format will be interactive and diverse, with panel discussions and workshops, screenings performances and small discussion groups mixing not only different media but also different perspectives. We are therefore seeking contributions from academics activists, performers, artists, public speakers, journalists, researchers, NGO practitioners, civil servants and diplomats, among others. Contributions from academics in African institutions would be highly welcome.

Africa has changed rapidly over the last century, and the pace of change in the 21st century already promises huge transformations to African societies, economies and cultures. We want to seize the occasion of our centenary to explore and imagine not only what the impact of these transformations could be, but also how our research, policies, political action and visionary thought can shape Africa’s future.

Cost of ticket:

£25 Standard per day/£40 for 2 days

£5 SOAS students* per day

£10 SOAS Alumni* per day

*Student will need to show valid ID on the day.

*Alumni to show alumni card

Std 1 day


Std 2 days


Stu 1 day


Alum 1 day