The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) is an interdisciplinary department with an established international reputation for research on Africa and its diaspora.
DASA brings together a wide range of disciplines spanning arts and social sciences - history, sociology, geography, politics, language, literature and anthropology (both cultural and development-oriented) - and fosters interaction between them. The diversity of regional and disciplinary perspectives is unified by a common focus on local knowledge, a commitment to long-term field and archival work in Africa and the Caribbean, and collaboration with African and Caribbean colleagues. This underpins all our work.
Current research interests include:
- Local environmental knowledge and practice
- African oral and print culture
- Pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial histories of local and national identities
- Gender in society and policy
- Education and its legacies
- Religious difference in everyday life
- African links with the Caribbean and the Islamic world