The Leiden African Studies Assembly (LeidenASA) is a network of Leiden based Africanists that was set up for the purpose of:

All Leiden based Africanists can become a member of the Assembly. LeidenASA is governed by a core group with representatives from all Leiden university faculties and an executive committee. The members of the core group cooperate in four committees: research collaboration, collaboration wih African partners, research valorization and development of education.

LeidenASA has a yearly budget for organizing and financing activities and events that promote cooperation between Leiden Africanists from different faculties and between Leiden University and universities and research institutes in Africa with which there is a standing MoU.

Suggested activities are:
- (contributions to) seminars and conferences
- production of visual material
- development of teaching and fieldwork proposals (including SPOCs and MOOCs)
- research leave for Leiden based Africanists
- research project development and proposal development
- visiting research fellowships for, preferably, African academics (postdoc)
- joint project development proposals

Once a year, a general meeting is organized for all members of LeidenASA.

If you are an employee of Leiden University and your teaching and/or research involves the African continent and you would like to join LeidenASA please contact Maaike Westra. All (prospective) LeidenASA members are also cordially invited to become a member of the ASCL’s international network of Africa specialists, the ASCL Community.

LeidenASA also aims at the development of a PhD and Postdoc network (both not limited to Leiden University).

Upcoming LeidenASA activities:

7 December 2017, LeidenASA Annual Meeting: Keynote by Elísio Macamo: 'If Africans could Speak: Knowledge and Authority in African Studies'.


LeidenASA visiting fellows
September-November 2017:
Bezabeh, Samson
Nkwi, Walter
Mpairwe, Harriet

January-March 2018:
Hashimshony-Yaffe, Nurit
Kaneko, Morie
Ngouflo, Jean Bruno
Puddu, Luca

Ezeoha, Abel


Teaching and Fieldwork proposals
Towards a Minor African Studies for Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Rotterdam (draft)
Ghana Field School (approved)


Research leave for Leiden based Africanists
Approved proposals after the first call:
Sabine Luning
Carolien Jacobs
Ksenia Robbe

Approved proposals after the second call:
David Ehrhardt
Felix Ameka


MoUs between Leiden University and Universities in Africa

South Africa


LDE Inventory
Formalized in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (‘LDE’) strategic alliance, Leiden University has been collaborating with the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in many areas including around ‘Africa’ (cf. their collaboration around ‘ Frugal Innovations’).
Last year Leiden University has already drawn up an inventory of Africa expertise among its scientific staff and across all academic departments, including these scholars’ networks and contacts with knowledge institutes based in Africa.
As follow-up, a similar inventory has been conducted for these two other universities of the LDE partnership, complemented with knowledge institutes that are part of the broader ‘knowledge environment’ in the region: UNESCO-IHE (Delft), Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam) and Clingendael (The Hague). The preliminary results of this inventory can be found here. Please note that this is a living document and that information is not exhaustive.