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 Library will be closed 1-5 August for the summer holidays.
The African Studies Centre's Annual Report for 2015 is out now! In 2015 we finalized preparations to become part of Leiden University as an interfaculty institute. It was also the year in which we lost our most successful researcher, Professor Stephen Ellis. You can read the Annual Report online; printed copies will be available soon.
Professor Wim van den Doel, dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and chair of the Board of Governors of the ASCL, has been appointed member of the Executive Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as of 1 January 2017. Van den Doel will relinquish his role as dean in Leiden but will retain his post as Professor of Contemporary History. Van den Doel became chair of the ASCL Board when the African Studies Centre integrated with Leiden University on 1 January 2016.
Samuel Ntewusu is KNAW Visiting Professor for 2016-2017. A Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies (University of Ghana) Ntewusu is one of the coordinators of the ASCL research programme 'Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History'. We interviewed him about the importance of understanding history. ‘Our object is to fill the gaps and generate knowledge on development issues which will be critical for policy making.’ Read the interview.
The Coutinho Collection consists of about 1250 photographs (negatives and slides) taken in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau in 1973 and 1974 by the Amsterdam and Utrecht professor and microbiologist Roel Coutinho. Coutinho donated the collection to the African Studies Centre Leiden, which had the photographs digitized and “donated” them to Wikimedia under a Creative Commons license.
Commissioned by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, this scoping report aims to contribute to a more contextualized comprehensive picture of The Netherlands’ government's ongoing cooperation with West Africa and the perspective in terms of policy options for strengthening its effectiveness and coherence by giving more emphasis to the promotion of intraregional trade and investment.
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