About the Centre

tapestryLeeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) is an interdisciplinary centre that brings together scholars with an active interest in Africa from across different schools and faculties at the University of Leeds.

Here at LUCAS, we promote African Studies at the University of Leeds and in the city of Leeds, and are also part of the Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN). In 2017 LUCAS joined the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS), a research network of European studies centres.

We also run the Schools Africa Project, a scheme that recruits postgraduate African students to go into British schools and deliver lessons about Africa to British pupils.

Our centre began in 1964 as the African Studies Unit, and has grown from a small cataloguing enterprise to a research centre with an annual African Studies Lecture, a regular seminar programme and an annual African Studies Bulletin. For a brief history of our emergence as a centre, written by former LUCAS administrator Kate Banham, please see here.

With the generous sponsorship of the Morel Trust, we also run a book distribution scheme to African universities and institutions.  Our current board members are listed here.

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list for events, please email: african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

To follow us on twitter please see @CASLeeds

Illustration: The Cover of the annual LUCAS Bulletin – designed by David Richards, a former Deputy Director of LUCAS and former lecturer in the School of English at Leeds.