ASAUK 2018 CONFERENCE (11-13 September, University of Birmingham)

ASAUK 2018 CONFERENCE (11-13 September, University of Birmingham)

ASAUK Biennial Conference

11 – 13 September 2018

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom 

The next ASAUK conference will be held from 11-13 September 2018 at the University of Birmingham on the Edgabston campus. The ASAUK 2018 conference will celebrate the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the study of Africa. 

The University of Birmingham’s campus provides the perfect backdrop for the next ASAUK conference. The Department of African Studies and Anthropology (formerly known as the Centre of West African Studies) was  founded in 1963 by J. D. Fage, pioneer in African Studies, and has over 50 years of experience and expertise in research and teaching about the continent. It also houses the Danford collection, a priceless and unique collection of African artifacts and cultural products.

The conference hub will be the Great Hall in the Aston Webb building. With an elegant entrance space, marvelous domed ceiling and an opulent marble foyer and rotunda, this breathtaking venue will be the awe-inspiring backdrop for the conference registration and formal dinner.

The ASAUK 2016 conference at the University of Cambridge attracted over 650 delegates from different academic disciplines and parts of the world. With 202 panels, the programme was extraordinarily rich and varied and resulted in engaged collaboration across the different disciplines that encompass the study of Africa.

For the 2018 edition we currently already have 55 committed streams on a range of topics that will surely attract interest from a broad range of stakeholders and delegates. You can Download a pdf of all the streams here or you can visit the designated space on the website (  In addition to the traditional conference form, workshops, round tables and cultural events will be an integral part of this conference.

The keynote speaker is Professor Grace Musila, associate professor in the English Department, Stellenbosch University and author of A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour. Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder (James Currey/Boydell & Brewer, 2015).

The conference is a key event for scholars working on and in Africa. At the conference, the ASAUK will recognise and celebrate outstanding scholarship and contributions to the study of Africa with the Audrey Richards Prize for best doctoral thesis in African Studies successfully examined in a British institution of higher education during 2016-2017. ( The Fage and Oliver monograph prize for best scholarly monograph on Africa published (or translated into English) and distributed in the United Kingdom. ( The Distinguished Africanist Award for an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the field of African studies.  ( ) The ASAUK will also award several scholarships to the conference to up and coming African academics.

This conference provides a unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of Africanists, academics with a particular interest in the continent, development specialists, policy makers and others. The organisers are committed to engaging with participants through an energising and informative programme, and facilitating networking opportunities via two dynamic social events.

For more information on registering, submitting a paper or panel, or catering and accommodation please see the different pages under the ASAUK 2018 tab in the navigation bar of the website.

Registration for the ASAUK 2018 conference will be open through 22 July 2018. Current ASAUK members are able to register at their applicable member rate (below). Student and African scholars are also able to register on reduced prices. Non-members of the ASAUK can choose to register at a non-member rate, or choose to become members first. Please note that becoming a member before the conference is a more cost-effective option. For more information on becoming a member and the benefits please follow this link:

The early bird rates below will be maintained until 01 July 2018. After that date the price is expected to increase by £20. Once registration closes, you may still register on-site at this elevated rate. Day rates are also available at 80% of the full conference registration fee.

ASAUK 2018 Conference pricing 

Student ASAUK members £125

African scholar and student non-ASAUK members £165

ASAUK members £180

Non- ASAUK members £265

Conference accommodation (B&B, ensuite) : £50 per night

Conference BBQ (11 September 2018): £15

Conference dinner (12 September 2018, Great Hall): £35


ASAUK 2018 Conference day rates 

Student ASAUK members £100

African scholar and student non-ASAUK members £130

ASAUK members £140

Non- ASAUK members £210

Conference accommodation (B&B, ensuite) : £50 per night

Conference BBQ (11 September 2018): £15

Conference dinner (12 September 2018, Great Hall): £35

Please be advised that in order to make a booking you will need to have registered. The booking and payment system will require you to use your User-ID given to you by the conference organisation system. 

To register go to

For detailed instructions on how to register please Download this how-to guide.

If you have already registered with our conference management system you will be able to find your User-ID on the top right corner. As indicated below:

To make a conference booking please follow this link: 

Questions? Please contact the conference organisation committee at

Photo Credit : © The University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections (

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