Two Upcoming Events

The last few weeks have been busy for a variety of reasons. Hence, the hiatus on this blog, an even longer hiatus than usual. But since I found these two in my inbox today …

First, an interesting event – and publication – if, like me, you’re interested in the intersection between arts/visual culture and ideas/discourses (and if you enjoy and informal chat over a free drink, I’m sure there’ll be opportunity for that as well).

Special issue launch

Print Cultures, Nationalisms and Publics of the Indian Ocean

Africa. Journal of the International African Institute

With guest editors Isabel Hofmeyr and Preben Kaarsholm

Monday 28 February 2011, 6pm

Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

The Indian Ocean region is an important geo-political arena, and is making its presence felt across a range of disciplines. This special issue provides an overview of emerging trends in the rich field of Indian Ocean studies and draws out their implications for scholars of Africa. The focus is on the role of print and visual culture in constituting public spheres and nationalisms. Themes addressed unfold between Africa and India as well as along the African coast from KwaZulu-Natal to the Arab world. Attention is paid to the transnational dynamics of Islam. The contributions extend debates on print culture, nationalism and publics within African studies and demonstrate how research on the Indian Ocean can be enriched through insights from East and southern African studies.

The International African Institute (IAI) and Cambridge University Press (CUP) invite you to celebrate the launch of this 2011 special issue of Africa. This is the first issue of the journal to be published by CUP as part of a new publishing partnership with the IAI. CUP and the IAI are also collaborating on the International African Library monograph series and the Africa Bibliography, currently being digitised as an online fully searchable database.


Monday 28 February 2011, 6pm

Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

RSVP to Stephanie Kitchen, sk111[@] //

And, yes, a slight East Africa bias today, there’s another interesting event organised The Centre of African Studies at SOAS that you may want to put into your diary.

Africa Seminar Series

Art Education in Kenya

Thursday 10 March 2011, 5pm

B102, Brunei Gallery Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Speakers: Alla Tkachuk (MASK), Donald Maingi (Birkbeck College, University of London), Mercy Kagia (Kingston University), Nicholas Addison (Institute of Education, University of London), Chair: Chege Githiora (SOAS, University of London)

Please RSVP to cas [at]


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