Research in African Studies and Anthropology

DASA brings together Africa-focussed researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and fosters interaction between them. 

ASAUK research conferenceAttendees at the 2018 African Studies Association UK conference at the University of Birmingham.

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

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