Save the date: ASCL 75th Anniversary Celebration

The African Studies Centre Leiden is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! The ASCL was founded on 12 August 1947 as the Afrika-Instituut. It consisted of a scientific documentation centre in Leiden - later renamed as the Afrika-Studiecentrum - and a trade office in Rotterdam, which later changed its name to the Netherlands-African Business Council. In 2016 the ASCL became an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.

We will organise a day full of festivities highlighting this anniversary, which will take place on Thursday 8 September at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. 

Please find a few highlights of the programme below. More information about registration will follow soon! 


Programme highlights

- Conversation with Jon Abbink and Chibuike Uche on 75 years of Africa research 

- Roundtable discussion with our societal partners 

- Developments in 75 years of Africana collecting 

- Presentation of the 2021 Africa Thesis Award to its winner Tamia Botes, (University of Witwatersrand), for her thesis ‘Where have the midwives gone? Everyday histories of voetvroue in Johannesburg’. 

- Roundtable discussion with African Studies alumni: What has African Studies brought them, and how do they see the future of the continent and the countries they work in? 

- Music! 

During the breaks, ASCL researchers will present their research and teaching experiences, and special items from the library collection will be on display.  

Marleen Dekker and Karin Nijenhuis.

Photo credit: iStock photos.

Date, time and location

08 September 2022
National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden