The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) is an interdisciplinary department with an established international reputation for research on Africa and its diaspora.
DASA brings together a wide range of disciplines spanning arts and social sciences - history, sociology, geography, politics, language, literature and anthropology (both cultural and development-oriented) - and fosters interaction between them. The diversity of regional and disciplinary perspectives is unified by a common focus on local knowledge, a commitment to long-term field and archival work in Africa and the Caribbean, and collaboration with African and Caribbean colleagues. This underpins all our work.
Current research interests include:
Local environmental knowledge and practice
African oral and print culture
Pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial histories of local and national identities
Gender in society and policy
Education and its legacies
Religious difference in everyday life
African links with the Caribbean and the Islamic world
Some of our research is focused on West Africa, but we also encompass comparative studies across the whole of Africa and its diasporas.
The department attracts research students and Visiting Fellows from wherever there are Africans.
Dr Maxim Bolt: Economic and political migration in Zimbabwe and the role of money in Africa.