Through our joint membership and coordination of the African Studies Association of the UK, the primary network of Africanist scholars in the UK, we have access to the latest academic research on Africa. 


The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) is the national association for Africanists within the academic community in the UK. Founded in 1963, the objects of ASAUK as defined in its statutes are “to advance African Studies, particularly in the United Kingdom, by providing facilities for the interchange of information and ideas and the co-ordination of activities”.


A major aim of the ASAUK today is to support and strengthen connections between UK and African institutions and academics. The organisation runs a number of programmes to this end, including the biennial ASAUK Conference, the annual Teaching Fellowships and Writing Workshops for early career scholars, and a number of prestigious awards.  

The Royal African Society has a long-standing relationship and joint membership arrangement with ASAUK. This means that anyone signing up through either of the organisations automatically becomes a member of both, enhancing our pool of academic contacts across the African Studies spectrum.  


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The Centre of African Studies
The University of London’s Centre of African Studies is one of the largest centres of expertise on Africa outside Africa. It co-ordinates interdisciplinary study, research and discussion on Africa within the University, promoting a wider awareness of African issues. 


The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa.


International Africa Institute

The International African Institute, hosted at SOAS University of London, aims to promote the scholarly study of Africa’s history, societies and cultures. The institute realizes its aims primarily by means of scholarly publishing. The IAI publishes the long established and prestigious journal, Africa, the annual Africa Bibliography, the International African Library series, the African Arguments book series; and the Readings in… series, for use in tertiary level teaching of African studies.


African Gender Institute
The African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town is a teaching, learning and research institute, which focuses on issues of gender, development, and the politics of sexuality on the African continent.