We are a leading authority in the field of African Studies and have access to the latest academic research on Africa.


Since 1901, the Royal African Society has continuously published a journal to bring the latest research about Africa to a British and global audience. African Affairs, published in partnership with Oxford University Press, is now the world’s top ranked African Studies journal, with a global readership.


We also have a very close partnership with the African Studies Association of the UK, the primary network of Africanist scholars in the UK, with whom we share membership and provide logistical support.  This gives access to the latest academic research and to their biennial conference (see the ASAUK website).


With the ASAUK we manage a network of African Studies Centres in the UK, which share information about partnerships with African universities and lobby to sustain the viability of African studies in this country.


The Royal African Society is hosted by SOAS – University of London, the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Since the 1990s, we have worked with SOAS to enhance research and public understanding of Africa.


Through our close association with SOAS, we regularly host public events online and at the university’s premises, as well as drawing on the expertise of its academics who regularly take part in our year-round events programme. Our members also enjoy access to the School’s library, which houses one of the most extensive collections in the world for the study of Africa.