Since 1974 the Review of African Political Economy has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. Established by a group of scholars and activists in the UK and Africa, the journal is committed to understanding projects of radical transformation. Together with the print journal, ROAPE Online seeks to develop a critique of the existing balance of class and social forces in African political economy as a vital part of the project of radical political, environmental and economic transformation. ROAPE’s online platform keeps the struggles for racial, gender and economic equality at the centre of our focus. We do not seek to become a substitute for African voices, but a sounding board and platform for them.
A research network set up by Africanists at the University of Sheffield, the Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) and the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Leeds, and with the John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS) at the University of Bradford, and University of York. The network provides a base for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and the organisation of seminars and conferences. YASN is sponsored by the Review of African Political Economy as well as LUCAS and the organising universities.
John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS) supports teaching and research on Africa at the University of Bradford. Located in the world-renowned Department of Peace Studies, the Centre endeavours to combine intellectual rigour and policy relevance through research, publications and seminars that offer insights into the interplay between the political, diplomatic and analytical worlds. JEFCAS is a partner in the new Yorkshire Africa Studies Network (YASN) with the Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)and the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Leeds, and with the University of Sheffield and University of York (and with sponsorship from the Review for African Political Economy journal).
AEGIS is a research network of European studies centres which aims to create synergies between experts and institutions. With primary emphasis on Social Sciences and Humanities, AEGIS’ main goal is to improve understanding about contemporary African societies. LUCAS joined AEGIS in 2017.
In 2015 the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) formed a Global Africa Group to enhance the opportunities – enabled by our global network – to build research collaborations, innovations and impact in support of Africa’s development agenda. The Global Africa Group builds on the existing expertise and international partnerships amongst the Worldwide Universities Network’s members, in Africa and abroad, to identify sustainable and equitable solutions to critical local, regional and global challenges of relevance to Africa
Africa College is an international research partnership working to improve the lives of the millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa by the sustainable enhancement of their food and nutritional security. Lead partners include the University of Leeds, IITA and ICIPE.
While the Centre for Global Development is by no means exclusively Africa-focused, its research and activities often are. The centre’s aim is ‘to promote academic excellence through generating knowledge on development issues in low and middle income countries, and pursuing collaborative research with institutions in the developing world.’
The ICPS is a multilingual forum – internationalist in spirit, interdisciplinary in method – for the comparative treatment of ideas, issues and problems related to the study of the colonial past and to the cultures of the contemporary postcolonial world.
It plays a key role in expanding each of these dynamic and rapidly developing research fields. Its central objectives are to re-assess colonial histories in all their complexity and diversity, and to gauge their continuing impact upon our globalised world.
The Baines Research Group for the Comparative Study of Unfree Labour was set up in 2017 at the University of Leeds thanks to a BA-Leverhulme small grant. It is a Leeds-wide based community of scholars interested in the historical study of the various forms of unfree labour. The BRG is named after Edward Baines Jr. (1800-1890), a former Leeds MP, editor of the Leeds Mercury and renowned abolitionist.
The Royal African Society runs many Africa-related events, publishes the leading Africa focussed journal African Affairs and includes a great deal of information about the study of Africa
Part of the University of London, SOAS is the world’s leading centre for the study of a highly diverse range of subjects concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The African Studies Centre, within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa.
The Centre supports teaching on Africa at the University of Cambridge through its library and through its seminar series. It also acts as a platform for interdisciplinary research, bringing the University’s Africanists together with scholars from African, American, and European universities.
The Centre of African Studies acts as a interdisciplinary hub for the study of Africa in the School of Social and Political Science and across the three Colleges of the University.
The Finding Africa Postcolonial African Studies Seminar Series facilitates interdisciplinary talks from a wide range of researchers and is hosted in conjunction with the School of English at the University of Leeds. Finding Africa is committed to providing a platform for researchers and interested others to share knowledge, open up questions, and explore issues relevant to postcolonial Africa.
The Northern Postcolonial Network aims to support knowledge exchange and networking amongst scholars and other individuals and groups working on postcolonial topics in the North of the UK.
The Sudan Archive was founded in 1957, the year after Sudanese independence, to collect and preserve the papers of administrators from the Sudan Political Service, missionaries, soldiers, business men, doctors, agriculturalists, teachers and others who had served or lived in the Sudan during the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium (1898-1955). There is a significant amount of Mahdist material as well as papers relating to the military campaigns of the 1880s and 1890s, while in recent years the scope of the Archive has extended to the period after independence and now contains material up to the present day. The Archive also holds substantial numbers of papers relating to Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Palestine, Transjordan, Syria and African states bordering on the Sudan. In addition to official and personal papers (correspondence, reports and memoranda, trek notes and diaries, letters home and so on), collections may include a variety of records in other formats such as photographic images (prints, lantern slides and 35mm slides), cinefilms from the 1920s to the 1960s, sound recordings, maps, museum objects and a large amount of related printed material. Most of the material is in English, with a small amount in Arabic.
A William Wilberforce Monument Fund Community Project for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017. There has been recent research into Black presence but the gaze is often on larger cities, especially those with their own slavery connections such as Liverpool, Bristol and London. Exploring the Black presence in Hull and East Yorkshire with its somewhat different relationship to the slavery story will offer an interesting alternative especially in this region which still has proportionately fewer examples of minority presence. Hull’s link to William Wilberforce perhaps makes the presence of Africans particularly relevant and deserving of some attention.
The David Oluwale Memorial Assocation (DOMA) starts with the story of David Oluwale’s origins in Nigeria and his life and death in Leeds (1949-1969), including his early life in Nigeria and his experience in the UK of exclusion and police persecution. We aim to educate the city of Leeds in coming to terms with its past, improving its care for those who remain marginalised, and to promote equality, diversity and racial harmony for our people.
Heritage Corner presents creative projects on the African and Caribbean presence in Yorkshire. Through informative walks, talks, creative workshops and performance – we explore African history, contributions and identity – based on local research and connections. Heritage Corner engages with artists and top cultural experts to offer diverse and inclusive heritage projects.
Exploring community reading groups in Leeds; asylum seekers and refugees particularly welcome
This website is intended as an archive that records and preserves video interviews with theatre practitioners who have shaped South African theatre in the past five decades. It holds the promise of retaining a historical truth that can serve and contribute to a nation’s memory and help us preserve a sense of national identity and pride.
The MENA Solidarity Network is a network of activists from different unions in the UK engaged in building solidarity links with workers in the Middle East and North Africa. We work with independent workers’ organisations in the MENA region in support of their struggle for social justice and workers’ rights.