African History Project - Black Man Writing (4) copy Department of
African History and Political Thought
Study the people, ideas, and events of the continent and the diaspora

Through our Public Lectures and Foundation Certificate in African History and Political Thought, students dive into the brilliantly magical narratives of the people and events of Africa’s past, on the continent and in the diaspora.

By Africa we mean global Africa, comprising in equal measure Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. As a department we support our students in diving into the political and intellectual histories of African communities around the world, exploring the lives and events that have shaped modern Pan-African consciousness. Uniquely, the Department is also the site of explorations of African literary cultures (fiction and poetry, including lyric music) as sources of history within the Pan-African experience.


Studying at the African History Project is a truly unique experience, one that will profoundly change the way you think about African history, the narratives of the past, and how we organised our political societies. The extraordinary opportunities to engage in high quality conversations about all aspects of political and intellectual history with tutors and peers means students can curate a learning experience that helps them to achieve their goals as intrepid knowledge seekers. At the end of your time here you will be a stronger, more critical and more confident Africanist thinker.


Lecturers in the Department conduct research and deliver public lectures and courses for the Foundation Certificate within the following topic areas.


Political Thought

African History Project - Family Sitting at Table Foundation Certificate in
African History and Political Thought
This course is aimed at students with an interest in the cultures and historical narratives of Africa, its people, and their ideas. FIND OUT MORE


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