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

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  Heineken in Africa: In Conversation with Olivier Van Beemen Date: Thursday 28th Feb 2019, 18:30 – 20:30 Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG For Heineken, ‘rising Africa’ is already a reality: the profits it extracts there are almost 50 per cent above the global average, and beer costs more in some African... more
Thursday, 7 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy Date & Time: Thursday 7th March, 18:30 – 20:30 Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG   From a war-torn and famine-plagued country at the beginning of the 1990s, Ethiopia is today emerging as one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Growth in Ethiopia has... more
Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  The New Pan-Africanism: Globalism and the Nation State in Africa Thursday 21 March, 18:30 - 20:00, followed by a networking reception Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS   Nationalism and the nation state, globalization and Pan-Africanism are leading international relations concepts which have a particular relevance for Africa as an emerging economic power. The New Pan-... more