Research in African Studies and Anthropology

For more than 60 years, DASA has brought together Africa-focussed researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and fostered 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 academic colleagues in Africa and its diasporas; and
  • engagement with the diverse ways in which people in Africa know their worlds and seek to change them.

DASA researchers convene around the following themes:

  • Livelihoods, Resources and Mobility
  • Slavery and its Legacies
  • Sources and Texts
  • Religiosity and Difference in Everyday Life
  • Gender and Kinship
  • Law, Bureaucracy and Reform

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