Our Department of African Studies and Anthropology foregrounds its work on the lived experiences of culture, art, and the recent past among Africans on the continent and in its diasporas. For us, Africa offers a unique vantage point from which to question existing theories and discourses and together to push the boundaries of knowledge.
We hosted the 27th biennial conference of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK). This was the largest conference on Africa outside of the United States in 2018, and with over 800 delegates it offered a rich and varied programme that affirms the University’s global standing and its long and proud commitment to African Studies and Africa. We have an active student exchange agreement with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and research collaborations with institutions in several African countries. These partnerships are vital to ensuring that the knowledge produced and disseminated about Africa at Birmingham is a true reflection of life on the continent and amongst its peoples.