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African Societies and Groups in Cambridge

Student Societies

  • African Caribbean Society: From fantastic social events to exclusive careers and networking opportunities, the ACS definitely has something for everyone.

  • African Society of Cambridge: The premiere group for all things African in Cambridge. Subscribe to their mailing list for a weekly bulletin on events and other news. They host an annual conference.

  • Black Girl's Space: Representing Black women & non-binary people in and outside Cambridge.

  • Black in Tech: a dynamic and inclusive society dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within the tech industry. Our mission is to amplify the voices and increase the visibility of Black individuals in tech-related fields.

  • Black Medics Society: CBMS aims to bring together past, present and future African and Caribbean medical personnel, to celebrate the achievements of Cambridge black medics past and present.

  • Black Postgraduate Societyexists to provide a safe and welcoming space for postgraduate, mature, and clinical year medical students from the black diaspora to connect with others, build their communities, and feel at home.

  • Caribbean Students' Association: To promote community, unity and cooperation between students of Caribbean heritage.

  • Decolonising Art History: A student-led group aiming to diversify and disrupt art historical narratives at the University of Cambridge.

  • Global South Forum: The object of the Society is to provide an independent, international platform for constructive discussions on the Global South. This can be achieved through an annual forum, serving as its flagship event, as well as through debates, panels, and other events aimed at the university community.

  • Languages & Culture Society: to unite linguists across the university who may otherwise not get to meet.

Student Societies by Country/Region

  • Afro-Americans Society: dedicated to the celebration, empowerment, and advancement of people of African descent with historical roots in North and South America.
  • Ghanaian Society: focuses on the socio-cultural well-being of Ghanaian students studying in Cambridge, and all who seek to learn, understand, and participate in Ghanaian culture or cultural activities.
  • East African Society: a networking forum for students of East Africa/Horn of Africa heritage and friends of CamEAS who share an interest and a willingness to participate in the region's culture, education and development.
  • Nigerian Society: not just for Nigerians at the University of Cambridge, but also for non-Nigerians interested in Nigerian culture, issues and people.
  • Somali Society: A wholesome environment for Somali students at Cambridge to create friendships and a platform for access and welfare of current and prospective students.
  • Sudanese Society: It aims to recognise, reinforce and provide a space for those of Sudanese descent, and any others interested, to explore the cultural wealth of Sudan.

Relevant Groups

  • Islamic Society: strives to create an environment of unity whilst catering to the academic, social and spiritual needs of Muslim students and encourages learning and discussion about Islam amongst its members and the wider community.
  • Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum: an independent, non-partisan think-tank and registered charity based out of the University of Cambridge.

Peruse all the Student Union Societies yourself.

If we're missing any, please send us an email at afr@lib.cam.ac.uk with this page link - we'll add it ASAP!

Centre of African Studies Events

Click here to view our upcoming and past events.


Upcoming African Studies Events - May/June 2024

 

  • 22 May at 5pm in Cavonius Centre, Harvey Court
    • Amina Mama (UC Davis)
    • Annual Audrey Richards Lecture
    • Cultivating epistemic change: How Africa’s scholarly networks and communities work.
  • 3 June at 3pm in S3, Alison Richard Building
    • James Omolo
    • Against The Odds: Life of African Migrant Workers In Europe
  • 10 June at 3pm in S1, Alison Richard Building
    • Tolulope Osayomi (Ibadan/Oxford)
    • Will discuss insights from ongoing research projects, particularly  work on pandemics and their impact on African society (https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/article/decoding-the-african-covid-19-paradox) as well as a recently concluded ethnographic study on the spatial dynamics of religious tolerance in shared sacred spaces in Nigeria
  • 10 June at 5pm in S1, Alison Richard Building
    • Othman Bychou (Moulay Slimane University)
    • Discussing his research on the history of Berbers within the French army during World War Two and the Berber societies of the Middle Atlas region
  • 18 June 

Annual Audrey Richards Lecture in African Studies 2024 - May 22nd

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Audrey Richards Annual Lecture in African Studies will be given by Professor Amina Mama on Wednesday 22 May at 5pm. The venue is the Cavonius Centre, Gonville and Caius College, Harvey Court, West Road, Cambridge. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

This lecture will map some of the shifting ethical and political concerns that have energised African scholarly production since the 1970’s, focusing on the anti-colonial and feminist interventions of two networks that have cultivated epistemic change. It examines how the non-governmental Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) grew into the largest scholarly network of continental Africans and produced an impressive corpus of continental knowledge. I argue that while feminist critiques were articulated within CODESRIA during the 1990’s, it was the mobilization of feminist scholars outside CODESRIA that eventually influenced the Council to pursue a more equitable research profile. The accounts of key actors highlight the importance of interpersonal relationships and collective spaces in the enunciation of African feminism on the continent. These examples document the ways in which epistemic changes are products of close interpersonal relational practices that characterise intellectual communities and the strategies they pursue. What do these developments in the continental African studies landscape imply for the ethics of transnational collaborations?

This event is open to all and is free of charge, but registration is required.

Register for online attendance here.

Centre of African Studies Michaelmas Term Seminars 2023:

This year's theme is The International Politics of Armed Groups in Africa

The Centre's annual seminar series is back every Monday from 4-5:30pm in room S1 of the Alison Richard Building, starting October 16th. Click the PDF link below to find more information.

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If you've recently attended a relevant talk or conference with a recording, please send us an email at afr@lib.cam.ac.uk with this page link - we'll add it ASAP!

Centre of African Studies Mailing Lists

We have 2 fantastic mailing lists to keep you up to date with African Studies in Cambridge and beyond!

  • Events
    • Centre of African Studies and Cambridge lectures & seminars related to Africa
  • General
    • Academic job opportunities, external events, news related to Africa

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