The Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF), founded in 2010, hopes to push forward the research on a wide range of explicitly interdisciplinary issues pertaining to the many challenges faced by the fascinating region of Central Africa. It seeks to bring together academic researchers, graduate students, development practitioners and policy-makers to informally discuss current events as well as historical developments. It pools the incredible knowledge on Central Africa present in Oxford and further afield and stimulates debate and research through a variety of activities. Thus, OCAF fills a gap long identified by scholars and practitioners alike; it supports the diffusion of solid research and provides a forum for exchanges of ideas between stakeholders who don’t always find it easy to dialogue with each other.

The seminars will held ordinarily on Wednesdays at 5pm. They will be in either the Dahrendorf Room, St Anthony’s College or the Barclay Room, Green Templeton College.

In addition, the Forum hosts roundtables and conferences through the year.

Through its history, OCAF has had a number of collaborations with groups within Oxford and beyond. From mid-2011 to 2013, OCAF collaborated on a blog with African Arguments Online, hosted by the Royal African Society and the Social Science Research Council. For analyses of, and opinions on, politics in Central Africa, please visit the Central Africa Forum section.

This year, OCAF acknowledges the grateful support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Green Templeton College and St Anthony’s College.

In the past, the Forum has additionally benefited from financial assistance from the African Studies Centre, Balliol College, the Centre for International Studies, Lady Margaret Hall, Nuffield College, St Anne’s College, and St Antony’s College.

For further information about Committee Members, please see the links below:

Executive Committee, 2016-2017

Executive Committee 2015-16

Executive Committee 2014-15

OCAF’s Founders


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