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This is a repository of audio content of the Centre of African Studies at SOAS. It includes podcasts, recordings of seminars and other interesting content related to Africa and African Studies at SOAS.

Is Fair trade fair for all involved in the production of tea, coffee and other commodities? The Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda project set out to improve our understanding of how global trade in agricultural commodities affects the lives of poor rural Africans, especially through wage employment. Listen to Professor Christopher Cramer (Development Studies, SOAS) talk to Dr. Michael Jennings, (Chairman of the Centre of African Studies, SOAS) about the methodology, findings and implications of this DFID funded 4-year study in Ethiopia and Uganda.

In this public lecture, Kumi Naidoo looks at what justifies non-violent direct action, and discusses when and why it should be deployed. Dr Naidoo draws on recent campaigns such as last year's protest at an Arctic oil drilling rig, which saw activists arrested by Russian authorities and held for 100 days, and the anti-apartheid struggle he was part of in his home country, South Africa.

In this Governance in Africa Conversations podcast produced by the School of Oriental and African Studies(SOAS)/Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr. Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, talks about natural resources in Africa, governance and the effects of climate change.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'Natural Resources Governance' and the podcast by Silas Siakor. Participants of this workshop came from the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'New Media and Participatory Governance' and the podcast by Simon Kolawale. Participants of this workshop came from a Senior High School in Accra, Ghana.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to the 'West African Political Model' and the podcast by Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim. Participants of this workshop came from the The University of Ghana in Legon.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'HIV/AIDS in South Africa' and the podcast by Hein Marais. Participants of this workshop came from the Community Based Organisation Act for Change, based in Jamestown Accra.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'Governance in Mozambique' and the podcast by Luisa Diogo. Participants of this workshop came from the IPMC Training College in Accra.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'New Media and Participatory Governance.' Participants of this workshop came from the YPG Church Youth Group in Accra.

'The Nairobi Report: Frameworks for Africa-UK Research Collaboration in the Social Sciences and Humanities.'
A presentation by Professor Graham Furniss (Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise, SOAS)

To mark International Anti-Corruption Day on Dec. 9, the Centre of African Studies at SOAS hosted the London launch of Gbagba, an anti-corruption primer for children written by SOAS Ph.D. student and Liberian writer Robtel Neajai Pailey.

In this Governance in Africa Conversations podcast produced by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor reflects on Liberia's successes and challenges in natural resources governance.

Panel 4 – Cultural Heritage and Conservation

UNESCO is what? World Heritage, Militant Islam and the search for a common humanity in Mali - Dr Charlotte Joy

Panel 4 – Cultural Heritage and Conservation

The Djenné Mosque: world heritage and social renewal in a West African town - Prof Trevor Marchand

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 4 – Cultural Heritage and Conservation

Bamako and London: Documenting daily life through collaborative exhibitions - Dr Sophie Mew

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 4 – Cultural Heritage and Conservation

Archaeology, Heritage and Conflict in Mali - Prof Kevin McDonald

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Day 2 - Azawad or Mali? In either case, development comes from Civil Society - Prof Robin Poulton

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 3 – Historical Perspectives and Future Scenarios

Towards a new cosmopolitanism in Northern Mali? - Dr Bruce Hall

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 3 – Historical Perspectives and Future Scenarios

Mali: An attempt at some sensible comments on whatever the current development is... - Dr Baz Lecocq

Panel 3 - Dr Charles Gremont

Les relations intercommunautaires en souffrance au Nord-Mali (2011-2013). Essai de compréhension à
l’écoute des populations civiles - (Lecture presented in French)

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 2 - Dr Hassan Kamil

Mutations socio-spatiales au Nord du Mali: enjeux et dé"s (Lecture in French with no translation)

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 2 - Dr Alessandra Giuffrida

Longing to go home? A view from Malian Tuareg refugees in Mauritania

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 2 - Elise Klein

Deep field thesis: Subjective Narratives of Change

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Mali, quel passé pour quel futur? - Prof Pierre Boilley
Keynote Lecture (French - with simultaneous translation for English speakers)

Panel 1 – Regional Scenarios of the Malian Crisis

Dr Yvan Guichaoua: From Tuareg Nationalism to Jihad: Changing Patterns of Militancy in the Sahara

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Panel 1: Wolfram Lacher

Criminal Activities and Their Implications for Conflict Dynamics in Northern Mali

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

Vermondo Brugnatelli: Universita’ La Bicocca, Milano, Italy.

Implications of the Azawad Issue for the Amazigh World

Organised by the Centre of African Studies and SOAS, University of London, with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, ASA-UK and Goldsmiths’ College, this conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary and research-based platform to Africanists from Europe, Africa and the USA, to initiate a debate about the causes of the present political and humanitarian crisis in Mali, but also its impact on the country’s social and cultural diversity.

In this CAS 2013 Annual Lecture, Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah will discuss writing about the African Indian Ocean by authors such as Conrad, Blixen and the Naipauls, and by means of his own writing.

Chair: Dr Michael Jennings, CAS Chairman
Discussant: Professor Mpalive Msiska, Birkbeck college, University of London

The second African Development Forum (ADF) took place on 16 April 2013 at SOAS. The student-run ADF 2013 was entitled 'Africa's Next Generation: A Bright Future?' and attracted an audience of almost 300 people. Focussing on harnessing the potential of Africa’s young people for the continent's development, the Forum consisted of two interactive panel discussions.

Panel I dealt with ‘Mobilising Youth’ and featured the following speakers:

The second African Development Forum (ADF) took place on 16 April 2013 at SOAS. The student-run ADF 2013 was entitled 'Africa's Next Generation: A Bright Future?' and attracted an audience of almost 300 people. Focussing on harnessing the potential of Africa’s young people for the continent's development, the Forum consisted of two interactive panel discussions.

In Panel II the following speakers discussed opportunities and challenges for ‘Innovating Africa':

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