The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.
Please note that the ASCL and its library will be closed on Monday 3 October due to the local festive day 'Leidens ontzet'.
On Thursday 29 September, Britta Frede from the Freie Universität Berlin, currently a visiting fellow at the ASCL, will shed light on the place of women within the realm of Islamic knowledge production in Nouakchott, Mauritania. She will trace Muslim women teachers’ writings and their teaching activities from a historical perspective. You are all very welcome!
ASCL senior researcher Marcel Rutten will deliver the keynote at the 7th Annual CELEP meeting to be held in London 5-7 October. Title: “The Land-Water Nexus in Semi-Arid Kenya – How Kenya’s pastoralists lose land and see their water resources depleted as a result of horticulture, biofuel and conservation initiatives". CELEP is the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism, of which the African Studies Centre Leiden is a member.
ASCL senior researcher Benjamin Soares has been appointed as an honorary co-editor of Africa. Founded in 1928, Africa is the journal of the International African Institute in London. It is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture, and it encourages an interdisciplinary approach. The journal appears quarterly and is published by Cambridge University Press.
As Ethiopia is experiencing a new round of turmoil, ASCL senior researcher Jan Abbink has been interviewed by several media and has written blogs and articles himself analysing the current situation and its historical background. Abbink emphasises two issues: inequities in the land system, and the fact that development consists not only of economic factors but of a social, cultural, and political context of inclusiveness, 'a point which remains poorly understood by donors to African countries'. We created an overview of Abbink's activity in the media.
This is a Cocoon Initiative Kenya Working Paper. In it, Marcel Rutten en Moses Mwangi provide a short historical overview of land policy and land law development in Kenya and the way these have affected and still impact the position of women in Kenyan society. In particular, they present detailed cases of the use of fake wives by cheating husbands, in an attempt to convince the local Land Control Board that the intended sale of part of the family land is conducted with the full approval of the other household members.
- Research programme
- Research projects
- Collaborative groups
- Research staff
- Find expertise
- PhD research
- Visiting fellowship programme
- Services and products
- Practical information
- About the library
- Search tools
- ASCL series
- Browse the ASCL series titles
- African Dynamics
- Afrika-Studiecentrum Series
- Africa Yearbook
- African Studies Collection
- ASCL Working Papers
- African Studies Abstracts Online (ASA Online)
- ASCL Info sheets
- Langaa / ASCL series
- African Public Administration and Management series
- ASCL themakaarten - ASCL thematic maps
- West African Politics and Society (WAPOSO) series
- ASCL occasional publications
- How to order
- Open access
- New publications
- Publications by ASCL research staff
- ASCL series
- ASCL Community
- About the ASCL