Africa Week 2018

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

Africa Week 2018


Africa Week 2018 ran from 25 until 31 October. We worked with partners including Edinburgh Global, the Centre of African Studies, Veterinary Studies, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, and the Africa in Motion Film Festival.

Read about the events that took place in our 2018 programme:


Livestock for African livelihoods: Science, data & innovation for a healthy future

Join us to learn how Edinburgh-based researchers are working closely with African partners to develop and test data-driven approaches and innovations that will improve livestock health, close the productivity gap, and increase incomes and opportunities for livestock smallholders. Posters, discussions and tea and coffee available.

  • When: Thursday 25 October, 12pm - 2.30pm
  • Where: Room G01, Vet School Teaching Building, Easter Bush, University of Edinburgh

This event is free and open to all.


Developing Research with Malawi

An event for those interested in building links with Malawi. Join academic colleagues from across the University who carry out research with Malawi. Malawi has been chosen as a priority country for the University’s allocated Global Challenges Research Fund and this event brings together stakeholders with an ambition to access this funding. Meet others from outside of your own discipline; to build your network, identify need, and develop opportunities and partnerships.

  • When: Friday 26 October, 2pm – 4pm
  • Where: Conference Room, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, EH1 1LZ

For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

Book your place on MyEd


Tandem African Languages Café

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.

  • When: Saturday 27 October, 2pm -  4pm
  • Where: New Amphion in Teviot Row House, University of Edinburgh EH8 9AJ

This event is free and open to all. Say you'll attend on the Facebook event:
Facebook event - Tandem African Languages Cafe


Standing On Their Shoulders - Screening + Discussion

Celebrated South African filmmaker Xoliswa Sithole takes us on a historical journey through time in this award-winning documentary that connects female resistance movements in South Africa. The starting point of the documentary is 9 August 1956, which marks the day that 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest again the dehumanising apartheid law that required all Africans to carry a pass.

  • When: Saturday 27 October, 3.30pm - 5.30pm
  • Where: Screening room G.04, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

In association with the Africa in Motion Film Festival.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit:
Book your place on Eventbrite


Celebrating African Scholars: A fusion of Afro-beats and Scottish music

Join us to celebrate another year with our Mastercard Foundation Scholars at The University of Edinburgh, alongside partners, friends, and all those interested in learning more about the Scholars Program.

Music will be provided by the ceilidh trio from the Robert Fish Band, accompanied by a mix of Afro beats and dancing led by the scholars. There will also be poetic performances by the scholars highlighting Africanism. A cash bar will be available.

  • When: Sunday 28 October, 6pm
  • Where: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Pl., Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

For more information and to register for this event, please visit:
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Gazing at Africa at the End of Empire: Images that Mediated Apartheid to Scotland

Scottish public opinion on Africa was influenced by the campaigning of churches and missionaries with long-standing presence in Africa. Join us for a presentation of images from South Africa which shows how apartheid was understood by those whose internationalist commitment caused them to contest dominant opinions of Africa. The images are from Church of Scotland publications and collections. Presented and interpreted by Jeffrey Cannon, PhD Student, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, Kirsty Stewart, Archivist, School of Divinity, Emma Wild-Wood, Senior Lecturer, African Christianity and African Indigenous 3.

  • When: Monday 29 October, 1pm – 2pm
  • Where: Religions Digital Scholarship Centre, Main Library, George Square.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit: 
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Uncovering histories: Edinburgh’s black alumni

Join UncoverED, the student-led decolonial research project, whose aim is to uncover the histories of Edinburgh alumnae from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas. By the 20th century, women and men from South America, the Caribbean and Africa who studied at Edinburgh pioneered new ideas about medicine, music, art and black nationalism. Their presentation explores how these black Edinburgh alumnae engaged in struggles that were global, but also local.

  • When: Monday 29 October, 7pm
  • Where: Teviot Dining Room, Bristo Square

Find out more about the UncoverED project:
UncoverED Twitter


Harnessing the sun in Kenya: Kenyan and University of Edinburgh Engineers

Join us to learn more about the sustainable research project employing renewable energy technology and partnering with local businesses and universities in Kenya. Two fourth year students from Africa talk about how they are using Edinburgh expertise to design a desalination module so that locals can build modules themselves.

Food and drinks provided.

  • When: Tuesday 30 October, 12:30pm – 2pm
  • Where: EngInn Meeting Section, Hudson Beare Building, King’s Buildings

This event is free and open to all.


Mandela Centenary Symposium – Centre of African Studies and Africa in Motion Film Festival

2018 is the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. To mark this occasion, this symposium will screen excerpts from the new documentary Nelson Mandela: A True Pan-Africanist, which explores Mandela’s legacy in South Africa and beyond. Through the footage we will discuss the notion of pan-Africanism with leading experts including director Faith Isiakpere and South African producer and activist, Firdoze Bulbulia.

  • When: Wednesday 31 October, 4pm – 5.30pm
  • Where: Chrystal MacMillan Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh

This event is free and non-ticketed. For more information, please visit: 
Africa in Motion


Nelson Mandela: A True Pan-Africanist

A full screening of Nelson Mandela: A True Pan-Africanist will follow the Symposium.

  • When: Wednesday 31 October, 8.15pm (90 mins)
  • Where: Edinburgh Film House, Lothian Road

You must book tickets for this event. For more information please visit: 
Africa in Motion


In partnership with SEBI, the Centre for African Studies, Tandem, Africa in Motion Film Festival and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.