The Royal African Society is celebrating 120 Years
Posted on 4th June, 2021 in Featured
To celebrate, they are hosting a selection of events throughout the year which discuss relations between Africa and Britain, dive deep into race, colonialism, history, health, climate, terrorism, economic development and explore the society’s history and future.
Event 1 – AFRICA AND BRITAIN: 120 YEARS OF CHANGE (Anniversary lecture)
Thursday 10th June – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm (BST), Location – online
On 27 June 1901, The African Society was founded. It immediately established a Journal that has been in continuous publication ever since.
The history of the Society and its journal, now called African Affairs, in many ways mirrors Britain’s image of, and relations with, Africa over those 120 years. Royal African Society Director, Dr. Nicholas Westcott, reflects on what we can learn from its history about those relations, what it tells us about how Africa has been seen, understood, and interpreted in Britain, and how perspectives on African realities have been transformed during that period by changing political and social relations.
The event will be chaired by Professor Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development at University of Birmingham, Founder of Democracy in Africa and Columnist.
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Event 2 – BRITAIN AND AFRICA: THE LONG VIEW
Thursday 17th June, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm (BST), Location: Online
What is the future of Britain’s relations with Africa, and how will they be influenced by the past?
Join RAS and an incredible line up of speakers as they do a deep dive into race, colonialism, history, health, climate, terrorism, economic development and much more.
Chair: Dr Nicholas Westcott, Director, The Royal African Society
- Hon James Duddridge MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Africa, FCDO
- Dr Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Government of Kenya
- Dr Alex Vines, Managing Director and Head of Africa Programme, Chatham House
- Dr Fonteh Akum, Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Studies
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