Hidden Histories #9 – Celebrating through Masquerade

January 26, 2023

Gambia celebrated its 53rd year as a republic on 24 April and for this occasion we seek to celebrate our independence from total colonial rule by showcasing our cultural diversity as a country in masquerades. Masquerade in Africa symbolises unity, as all ethnic and religious groups celebrate together through Masquerade. SOAS Decolonising Working Group (DWG) Hidden Histories A seminar series curated by the Library Decolonisation Operational Group, led by Farzana

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Hidden Histories #8 – African and Caribbean People in Britain (book launch)

September 1, 2022

Despite the best efforts of researchers and campaigners, there remains today a steadfast tendency to reduce the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain to a simple story: it is one that begins in 1948 with the arrival of a single ship, the Empire Windrush, and continues mostly apart from a distinct British history, overlapping only on occasion amid grotesque injustice or pioneering protest. SOAS Decolonising Working Group (DWG)

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The ‘A’ in SOAS

March 16, 2022

By Amma Poku Thumbing through a back copy of West Africa magazine, as I do from time to time, I accidentally came across a short piece in the February 4, 1939 edition entitled “School of Oriental Studies Changes Title”. The article states that the name change “shows the value placed by the University of London on African studies”.  SOAS Library holds an incomplete set of bound copies of West Africa, located

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