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.
Find out all about the (Research) Master's programmes in African Studies in this new video! Leiden University and its African Studies Centre offer multidisciplinary MA programmes that are unique in continental Europe. The master's and research master's programmes combine disciplines from the humanities with disciplines from social sciences. Listen to the students (and teachers') experiences!
The 7th European Conference on African Studies, organised by AEGIS, wiil be held 29 June - 1 July 2017 in Basel. The conference theme will be 'Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban'. How do urbanization processes in Africa transform conventional objects of African Studies and how do scholars of Africa gear up to face such changes? This is the question which the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland wishes to invite scholars of Africa to engage with. Deadline: 18 August.
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.
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.
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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