Africa Week 2019

Africa Week celebrates the University’s engagement across the African continent. Africa Week takes place 24 - 30 October 2019.

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Africa Week runs from 24 - 30 October and celebrates Edinburgh's connections to the region.

This year there is a range of events including sporting activities, workshops, music and a braai.

All of the events are free to attend and a full programme can be found below.

Model African Union Launch Event

  • When: Thursday 24 October, 4pm – 6pm
  • Where: Meeting at Old College Quad, South Bridge

To kick off Africa Week 2019, the University’s new student-led Model African Union society will lead a procession of African Flags and national dress across the George Square campus, ending in their first official meeting. A great way to meet members of the African student community at the University of Edinburgh – now numbering over 1000 students – and to learn more about the society’s plans for the coming year.

Everyone is welcome to join the procession, which will leave Old College at 4pm. If you are from or have links to an African country, please bring a flag, or why not come in national dress!

An Introduction to Afrobeats

  • When: Thursday 24 October, 5:30pm - 7pm
  • Where: The Upper Hall, The Pleasance 

Delve into the world of Afrobeats dance music, with an introduction from Edinburgh University's own Afrobeats Dance society. Afrobeats is an umbrella term for contemporary party music that draws on African sources — hybrid languages, propulsive rhythms — and mixes them with delivery and tone from across the Americas, referencing hip-hop and Jamaican dancehall. Come along to our event to be dazzled, dance and discover.

The event is free an open to all however you must book tickets in advance via Eventbrite.

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AgriFood Transformations for Africa: working together for impact

  • When: Friday 25 October, 10am – 12pm
  • Where: Vet School Teaching Building, Rm G01, Easter Bush, University of Edinburgh

Do you work on Agri-Food research in Africa? Interested in how agriculture and livestock can play a central role in ending poverty, inequality, hunger and malnutrition? Join us for a lively exchange of ideas and innovations and help map out common paths to achieving crucial impacts. Featuring a selection of “flash talks” by researchers, an “innovations gallery” showcasing a wide range of initiatives, discussions on how to achieve meaningful impacts, and a chance to network and connect over a cup of coffee or tea.

The event is free an open to all however you must register in advance.

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Africa Week Braai *This event is now sold out*

  • When: Friday 25 October, 4pm – 6pm
  • Where: 22 George Square, University of Edinburgh

A social custom in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi, the Centre of African Studies brings us a special Africa Week Braai, with great food and the opportunity to meet people from across Edinburgh with links to the African continent.

This event is free and open to all although numbers are limited and ticket must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

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Tandem African Languages Café

  • When:Saturday 26 October, 3pm – 5pm
  • Where: New Amphion in Teviot Row House, University of Edinburgh

Practise or learn new language skills at the ever-popular Tandem Language Café - this time with a particular focus on African languages. Pop in, grab yourself a brew and learn something new! Languages to be confirmed nearer the time, but we hope to have native speakers in Kiswahili, Shona, Kinyarwanda, Amharic, Arabic, Twi and Hausa. Tandem’s more regular offering of languages will also be available.

The event is free and open to all however you must book tickets in advance via Eventbrite.

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Africa Cup of Nations 2019

  • When: Saturday 26 October, starting at 10am and finishing no later than 4pm
  • Where: 5-a-side outdoor pitches at Peffermill Playing Fields, Peffermill Road, Edinburgh (Changing facilities are available at the venue)

The Africa Cup of Nations is coming to The University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Sports Union hosts a 5-a-side football tournament giving you, and your friends, the chance to represent the African nation of your choice, with the aim of becoming AFCON champions!

This is a free event, open to all students at the University. You can find more information including how to sign up and register your team on the Edinburgh University Student Union website.

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Taste of Africa

  • When: Saturday 26 October, 6pm – 10pm
  • Where: O’Shea North Hall of Residence, 9D Holyrood Road

Come and enjoy authentic African cuisine from all regions of Africa. We will have vegetarian and halal options too. Enjoy some music, a fashion show and a chance to engage with African culture. £5 cash fee at the door.

Malawi Research Workshop

  • When: Monday 28 October, 2pm – 4.30pm
  • Where: MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Little France

Building on last year’s successful academic workshop, this year’s event is aimed at those across the University who have research links with Malawi. Malawi has been chosen as a priority country for the University’s Global Challenges Research Fund Capacity Building Fund and this event brings together stakeholders across the Colleges and Professional services in the University. Meet others from outside of your own discipline; to build your network, identify and support need, and develop opportunities and partnerships.

The event is free and open to all however you must book tickets via Eventbrite.

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Courting America: The Propaganda for White Regimes in Southern Africa 

  • When: Monday 28 October, 5pm – 7pm
  • Where: Room 2.11, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street

Come and hear two US-based PhD students, Alex Marino (Arkansas University) and Kelsey Zavelo (Duke University) discuss their research on the propaganda of white minority regimes in southern Africa in the United States.  This event explores the confluence of transnational white supremacist networks during the Cold War era. 

The event is free to attend however you must book tickets via Eventbrite.

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Namibia since Independence

  • When:Tuesday 29 October, 11:45am -1pm
  • Where: Practice Suite, First Floor, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square

Namibia’s High Commissioner to the UK and former Deputy Permanent Representative at the Namibian Mission to the United Nations, HE Linda Scott, gives a broad overview of Namibia’s challenges and achievements since independence in 1990.

Namibia has enjoyed stability since gaining independence after a long struggle against rule from Germany and South Africa and a challenging inter-racial reconciliation process.

It is now a popular destination for wildlife tourism and the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution.

The event is free and open to all however you must book tickets in advance via Eventbrite.

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The Future of Work in Africa

When: Wednesday 30 October, 12pm-1.30pm
Where: Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre - Doorway 1, Old Medical School, Teviot

Africa is the youngest and fastest-growing continent in the world. By 2030, there will be 375 million young people in the job market in Africa. Within a few decades Africa’s workforce will be the largest in the world. But there’s a significant gap between the number of young people seeking work in Africa and the limited formal employment opportunities available to them.Join us for a panel event and discussion exploring this gap and the nature of work in Africa.

The event is free to attend however you must register in advance via Eventbrite.

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Kenya Cowboys: contested indigeneity and post-imperial whiteness in Kenya*

*Please note this is a changed event. Unfortunately the event Professor Manthia Diawara in Conversation will no longer be running.

  • When: Wednesday 30 October, 4pm – 5.30pm
  • Where: Seminar Room 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh

Josh Doble, in his work-in-progress paper, will begin to analyse the material culture and linguistic practices of Kenyan Cowboys, a largely masculine postcolonial identity which attempts to claim a distinctly white and distinctly Kenyan heritage, whilst also alluding to what is suggested to be a form of dislocated post-imperial whiteness. Shining a light on these demographically marginal yet otherwise elite groups illuminates how, due to their ’remnant’ status, these individuals and communities are actively engaged in creating their own postcolonial history, not least in the contentious formation of Kenya Cowboys.

For more information please visit the Centre for African Studies website.

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An Opera of the World (2017): Film Screening

  • When: 30 October, 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Where: Screening Room, 50. George Square, University of Edinburgh

Manthia Diawara’s film is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama. The Bintou Were opera, filmed on location in Bamako in 2007, serves as a mirror for Diawara to build an aesthetic and reflexive story, through song and dance, about the current and yet timeless drama of migration between North and South, and the ongoing refugee crisis. 

The event is free to attend. For more information , please visit the Africa in Motion website.

Africa in Motion