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Be inspired. Learn. Celebrate!

Join us for a week celebrating the strengths, diversity and impact of African scholars, organisations and partnerships.

Africa Week will provide space for debate and discussion on open education and knowledge exchange systems, led and informed by African scholars and researchers.

Hear from - and network with - scholars, researchers, Higher Education institutions partnerships and networks, and celebrate African culture in this vibrant event!

Collaborate, debate and share

Africa Day commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now African Union) on 25th May 1963.

The African Union’s theme for 2024 is ‘Education in Africa’, and the year is dedicated to re-galvanising member states towards achieving the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (PDF).

Africa Week will provide a collaborative space for scholars, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, working in and with African institutions, to showcase their research and scholarship. There will be opportunities to debate ideas, identify challenges, and find ways of making knowledge exchange more equitable.

Participants will also be able to explore and discuss how research impact and findings are influencing curriculum development in African Higher Education Institutions.

A packed, diverse programme

Africa Week has something for everyone, with a stimulating day of networks, a thought-provoking three-day conference and a vibrant community day.

The event is hosted through a collaboration of researchers, partners and practitioners, including the University's Centre for African Studies (LUCAS), Cultural Institute, Africa Strategy Group and Leeds University Union.

The University's Library team has curated a collection for Africa Week which includes more than 1500 of our books, films, magazines, journals and music recordings from African authors, creators, and publishers across a range of topics and disciplines. View the collection or browse selected titles from the display on the ground floor of the Laidlaw Library.

The conference content will be complemented through the week with musical and spoken word performances from our cultural artists.

View the details of our programme for the week.

The Library has created a reading list to showcase the collaboration between researchers currently affiliated with the University of Leeds and researchers, universities, and other organisations across Africa.

All faculties are represented within the list, which contains 1,077 articles published between 2020 and 2024, and a wide array of topics are covered, including Architecture, Climate Change, Health, and the Performing Arts.

The reading list is based on data extracted from Dimensions by Lianne Stennett (Research Services) – for questions about the data used, please contact the Library's Research Analytics Team