The draft conference programme for ASAUK2020 will be announced at the beginning of June 2020 after the call for papers, additional thematic stream panels, roundtable meetings and book launches has closed.

Conference dates and times
  • The African Studies Association UK 28th biennial conference will start at 11:30 on Tuesday 8 September and will end at 17:00 on Thursday 10 September 2020.
  • Session papers will be scheduled within any of the timeslots between 11:30 on Tuesday 8 September and 17:00 on Thursday 10 September 2020.
Session times

Tuesday 8 September:

  • Onsite delegate registration in the VJ Gallery, Main Building, Cardiff University – 9:30 onwards
  • Session one – 11:30 to 13:00
  • Session two – 14:00 to 15:30
  • Session three – 16:00 to 17:30
  • Keynote speaker and reception – evening

Wednesday 9 September:

  • Session four – 9:00 to 10:30
  • Session five – 11:00 to 12:30
  • Session six – 13:30 to 15:00
  • Session seven – 15:30 to 17:00
  • Conference Dinner at Cardiff City Hall – evening

The winners of the Fage and Oliver Prize 2020; Audrey Richards Prize and the Distinguished Africanist Award will be presented at the Conference Dinner.

Thursday 10 September:

  • Session eight – 9:00 to 10:30
  • Session nine and ASAUK AGM – 11:00 to 12:30
  • Session ten and Presidential Panel – 13:30 to 15:00
  • Session eleven – 15:30 to 17:00
  • Farewell

Please note that the ASAUK AGM is open to all conference attendees but only members may vote.



Cardiff University are constantly carrying out improvements and adaptations to all the buildings being used for the African Studies Association UK 2020 Conference.

Many University buildings are very old, built in the early part of the twentieth century and were unfortunately not built with accessibility in mind. The University lecture theatres and meeting rooms being used are spread across buildings in the Civic Centre so there may be short distances to travel between each session.

If you have any accessibility issues please let us know and we will be able to provide you with relevant access information to assist you during the conference.


Freedom of speech

The Education (2) Act 1986 requires Cardiff University and all concerned in its government to take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for our members, students and employees and for visiting speakers.

The same Act imposes the duty to ensure a code of practice to set out the procedures and conduct required of those organising or attending meetings or other activities.

A copy of the Cardiff University Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech can be found HERE.