DASA brings together Africa-focussed researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and fosters interaction between them.
Our researchers specialise on a range of countries in East, West, Central and Southern Africa, as well as tracing migrations and the formation of African diasporas.
Diverse regional and disciplinary perspectives are brought together through a shared commitment to long-term field work and archival work in African countries and in African diasporas; collaboration with colleagues in Africa and its diasporas; and engagement with local knowledge. This underpins all our work.
Current research interests include:
- Religiosity and religious difference in everyday life
- Local environmental knowledge and practices
- Slavery and emancipation
- Urban development, social mobility and exclusion
- Political activism in colonial and post-colonial Africa
- Gender, sexuality and kinship
- Legal systems, bureaucracies and reforms
- African print cultures