Africa – African History Project
Department of African History

Africanus Horton – Life of an African Polymath

Public Lecture | Tuesday 4 May 2021, 6.30pm (UK)

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    Surgeon. Soldier. Historian. Political Theorist. Scientist. Writer. 

    In one short life, Africanus Horton commanded influence in several fields. An original African nationalist, his travels across West Africa allowed him to map the topographies, psychologies and political consciousness of the region, championing what Blyden called the “African personality”.

    In this lecture and conversation, we will explore Horton’s life and work, from his childhood in Sierra Leone, to the writing of his seminal works on politics that would form the blueprint for the constitution of the Fante Confederation, the first attempt by African nations to form into a modern centralised African nation-state. 

    Join us for what promises to be an engaging and insightful conversation as we dissect the life and work of this great African polymath. 

    African History Project - Africanus Horton
    Department of African History

    Golden Stools and Kente Cloth: the Making of Asante Kings

    Public Lecture | Tuesday 20 April 2021, 6.30pm (UK)

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      How does one become a king? 

      In this exciting and visual lecture and conversation, we will explore the ceremony and symbolism of African kingship, with a focus on the Asante kings of West Africa.

      In an exploration of material culture and history, we will explore the rituals and regalia of the coronations and state appearances of African kings, exploring the visual communication of kingship on the continent from antiquity to the modern day.

      We will also consider the role of the community, particularly women, in public expressions of kinship, loyalty and veneration, examining how dress and formation are used to display communal strength and fidelity.  

      Join us as we undertake a visual journey into Africa’s past and living cultures. 

      African History Project - Asante King - Prempeh II

      Study African history in a structured and comprehensive way.

      Our African Regional History courses are run by our Department of African History.

      The department runs a Foundation Certificate as well as the Short Courses and Workshops each year dedicated to African history.

      These courses explore the history of the continent and its peoples from 1500 to circa 1970, covering the growth and fall of kingdoms and republican federations, the growth of continental and international trade, the influence of Islam and Christianity, the endurance of African cosmologies, and the eventual triumph of African intellectualism and nationalism.

      These courses require students to consider the history of African societies over an extended period of time. They aim to encourage an appreciation of the continuities and dislocations within each period, and to explore the political, social, economic, gender and religious developments that would lead to the formation of the African political and social settlements of today.

      Please visit our Department of African History for more details.

      African History Project - Family Sitting at Table Foundation Certificate
      in African History
      The Foundation Certificate in African History is aimed at students with an interest in the cultures and historical narratives of Africa, its regions and its people. Visit Course Page