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SOAS Summer School 'Understanding Africa' (1 July - 19 July 2019)

SOAS University of London

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the history, politics and culture of Africa. With a diverse range of sessions, from History, Pan-Africanism and Politics to Languages, Migration, and Music, the course gives an in-depth knowledge of the main academic areas of study regarding Africa. The course comprises a combination of lectures and interactive workshops, as well as museum visits and social events.

During this course, students will be able to enjoy a guided visit to the Sainsbury Africa collection at the British Museum, and to the October Gallery, a renowned art gallery for contemporary African art. Students will also enjoy a guided visit to the famous Swahili Manuscripts Archive in the SOAS Library.  

The course covers:

  •  Pre-colonial Africa and its Kingdoms 
  •  The Independences, and Post-colonial Africa 
  •  Overview of main Pan-African political institutions
  •  Contemporary Art in Africa 
  •  African languages and cultures 
  •  The Colonial period
  •  Gender and Human Rights in Africa
  •  Migration and African Diaspora
  •  Music in Africa 
  •  Religion in Africa 

Convenor: Dr. Seraphin Kamdem, Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS

Further information:Understanding Africa - Summerschool