The African Studies Centre in Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic research institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public.
Please note that the ASC Library will be closed from 4 to 8 August due to the summer holidays.
In Memoriam Joep Lange
The African Studies Centre and Community mourn the loss of Joep Lange. Joep Lange was one of the world’s most prominent HIV-AIDS researchers and academic activists, who died in the crash that followed the attack on Malaysian Airways Flight 17 in Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. Joep Lange’s work has been very important for the fight against HIV-AIDS in Africa and elsewhere and many Africans still live decent lives thanks to his tireless efforts. Joep Lange was chair of the International AIDS Society, co-founder of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health And Development, of Pharmaccess and of the Health Insurance Fund.
May he rest in peace, together with all other victims of this act of horror.
International Conference 'Africa Works! Creating New Partnerships'
Together with the Netherlands African Business Council NABC the second edition of the Africa Works! Creating New Partnerships conference will be organized on 16 & 17 October 2014. The objective of the conference is to explore the challenges and opportunities Africa poses to companies, government bodies, NGOs and knowledge centers. A combination of scientific seminars and practical workshops for which you can determine the agenda will highlight those themes that are relevant to people working in or with Africa today.
In the Spotlight: Connecting-Africa & AfricaBib
Connecting-Africa and AfricaBib are two bibliographic databases hosted by the ASC that offer a wealth of information. Connecting-Africa is a gateway to African research information produced worldwide. It provides access to more than 50000 publications from 90 repositories as well as information on 1350 Africa experts and on 890 organisations. AfricaBib is a collection of Africana social science titles. It consists of five bibliographic databases: Africana periodical literature; African Women; Women travelers, explorers and missionaries to Africa; Islam in Africa; and Kenya Coast, compiled by ASC researcher Jan Hoorweg. Both websites can now easily be accessed via the menu on the left side on our homepage.
New exhibition: ‘Walking the Streets’, by photographer Tyler Dolan
A vibrant new exhibition is on display in the ASC corridors on the 3rd floor and in the ASC Library on the ground floor. Tyler Dolan is a South African photographer specializing in hyper realism that results in colourful imagery. His ‘Walking The Streets’ project documents the various traditions and cultures that reside on the streets of Durban, South Africa. As he writes in the accompanying book: ‘All cities have many sounds and many different kinds of people. (...) We see the street people, we think we know where they come from but we truthfully don’t. This project is about showcasing these people living their everyday lives.’ The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Afrovibes.
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