The Annual Fage Lecture is a highlight of the academic calendar in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology.
The Inaugural Annual Fage Lectures were held in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Centre of West African Studies, as the Department was then known. The Lectures are named in recognition of the work of Professor John Fage, the Department’s founder, who played a central role in the institutionalisation of African Studies.
Previous Fage Lectures
- 2022/23: Kristin Mann, Transatlantic lives: narratives of slavery, freedom and diaspora in West Africa and Brazil (video)
- 2021-22: Stephanie Newell, The time of letters: epistolarity and Nigerian newsprint cultures, 1920s-1960s
- 2020-21 – postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- 2019-20 – postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- 2018-19 Abdoumaliq Simone, Propositions of the (non)urban: dancing the future away
- 2017-18 Carolyn Hamilton, Displacements of discourse and the making of the concept of African oral tradition (video)
- 2016-17 Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, Love and absence in Senegalese transnational families (video)
- 2015-16 Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias, Muslim oralcy in West Africa: a neglected subject (video)
- 2014-15 Paul Nugent, Borders, violence and memory: making histories in the Senegambia and the Trans-Volta
- 2013-14 Gareth Austin and A G Hopkins, African economic history in the longue durée from a global perspective