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SOAS Africa Conference - Imagining Africa’s Future

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The SOAS Centre of African studies (CAS) is hosting the first SOAS Africa Conference, which will be held on the 20th and 21st of 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.

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.

The conference will bring together academics and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss and analyse contemporary issues affecting the continent and its diaspora through groundbreaking contributions. The format will be interactive and diverse, with interdisciplinary panel discussions, screenings, performances and small discussion groups mixing not only different media but also different perspectives.

Panels: Creating and Claiming Identities; Actors and Perspectives in the future of African development; New visions, new images, new stories; How Can Africa Claim the 21st Century?

Group discussions: Knowledge production, media and access in African studies; Alternative forms of Protest in Africa.

Keynote Lecture: 'Africa between the Past and the Future: Culture, Governance and Development' by HRH Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, The Emir of Kano, Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

Film Screening 'Something Necessary' with Film director Judy Kibinge, chaired by Lindiwe Dovey(SOAS).

Art Exhibition by South African artist Mohau Modisakeng (currently exhibiting at the 57th Venice Biennale)

Other confirmed speakers: Nanjala Nyabola(Independent researcher), Jean Bryce (University of the West Indies), Jan Goossens (Festival de Marseille/Dream City, Tunis/Fondation Passerelle, Bamako), Amidu Sunni (Lagos State University), Onyekachi Wambu (AFFORD) among others.

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