A major aim of the ASAUK is to facilitate linkages between UK and African institutions, and between scholars in Africa and the UK. We support African scholars publishing in Africanist journals published in the UK, scholarly journal publishing in Africa, scholarly book publishing in Africa, and the exchange of ideas in and about Africa. Our two major programmes, the ASAUK teaching fellowships and the ASAUK writing workshops are designed to support and strengthen the connections between academics in the UK and their colleagues in Africa. Our aim is also to disseminate information and news to our members about scholarly research in Africa, and to facilitate scholarly initiatives. We particularly encourage early career scholars with an interest in African Studies to undertake the highest quality research and to remain involved in the field. Postgraduate research students registered in the UK are encouraged to join the ASAUK.
The ASAUK supports a number of other regular activities which strengthen African Studies in the UK. Some of these activities are carried out jointly with the Royal African Society, with which we work closely and share administrative facilities. These include the Audrey Richards Prize awarded biennially for the best dissertation in African Studies, the Distinguished Africanist Awards, and the annual Mary Zochonis Lecture which sponsors an early career academic to come to the UK and deliver a high profile lecture, amongst other engagements.