Join the RAS

Join now!

Membership benefits include:

  • Taking part in our meetings, launches and receptions;
  • Receiving quarterly issues of African Affairs;
  • Support the work of the society.

Read more »


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 open to the general public. Our programme of events include regular talks, book launches, and 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

Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    The African Middle Class Workshop Thursday 23rd May , 17:00 - 19:00, followed by a reception The Park Restaurant, London Business School   Who are Africa's rising middle class? What are the defining characteristics and how important is it for businesses to understand them to grow their brands in any market? To find out the answers to these... more
Friday, 28 June 2019 - 10:00am to Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 6:00pm
    Africa Writes 2019 – Bristol   Friday 28th June – Thursday 4th July Venues across the city, including Malcolm X Community Centre, The Cube, Foyles,  Wickham Theatre and Waterstones From Friday 28 June – Thursday 4 July we’ll be celebrating contemporary literature from Africa and the African diaspora with a series of... more
Friday, 5 July 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, 7 July 2019 - 7:00pm
  Africa Writes 2019 Dates: Friday 5th July - Sunday 7th July 2019 Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB Africa Writes is back this summer with an exciting programme showcasing the best new writing from the continent and the diaspora, Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July at the British Library.   We are delighted to welcome Chigozie Obioma as the... more