Examining the future of Africa

Wind farm, Africa

The pace of change in Africa promises huge transformations to African societies, economies and cultures.

The Centre of African Studies, SOAS University of London is hosting an international conference on the subject of Imagining Africa’s Future over the two days of 20th and 21st July.

The conference looks to examine future trends and debates, which are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, and will draw from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives.

Panels and group discussions

There will be four panel debates over the two days on the subjects of “Creating and Claiming Identities”; “Actors and Perspectives in the Future of African Development”; “New Visions, New Images, New Stories”; and “How Can Africa Claim the 21st Century?”

There will also be two group discussions on the themes of “Knowledge Production, Media and Access in African Studies” and “Alternative Forms of Protest in Africa”.

Film screening and music performance

A screening of the Kenyan dramatic film “Something Necessary”, will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Judy Kibinge.

Live music will be provided by Coco Mbassi with a DJ set by MogaDisco.

Keynote lecture

HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II, CON, The Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria will give the keynote lecture on the subject of “Nigeria Between the Past and the Future: Culture, Governance and Development.”

Exhibition and marketplace

The conference also coincides with an exhibition of the work of South African artist Mohau Modisakeng in the Brunei Gallery entitled Beyond the Liminal Space.  The exhibition runs until 23 September.

For the duration of the conference, the Brunei Suite will also host a marketplace featuring a range of book stalls and stands from partner organisations.


Want to learn more?

SOAS offers a wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in African Studies including BA African Language and Culture; BA African Studies; BA African Studies and…; BA Swahili and…; MA African Studies; MA African Studies (Literature Pathway); plus a research degree (MPhil/PhD) in African Studies.

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