Theatre Make-up as one of the modules in Drama and Theatre A
Theatre Make-up in Drama and Theatre Arts
Obtaining a degree with great success
Obtaining a degree with great success
Sculptures on campus made by BA Fine Arts students
Sculptures on campus made by BA Fine Arts students
Centre for Africa Studies

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Centre for Africa Studies 

We are a multidisciplinary research and post-graduate centre, launched in November  2007


The Faculty of the Humanities and the Centre for Africa Studies will reward the contributions of Dr Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent global peace leader, with an honorary doctorate on Thursday 2 July 2015. The conferment will form one of the highlights of the 2015 Winter Graduations. Dr Brahimi’s work as a United Nations envoy and African peace leader of note has earned him the highest respect of the University of the Free State.
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Welcome to the University of the Free State (UFS) Centre for Africa Studies (CAS). We are a multidisciplinary research and post-graduate centre, launched in November  2007.


  • We are committed to the realities and challenges of the African continent as part of our teaching and research activities;
  • We actively promote the incorporation of an Africa focus in academic activities as part of the strategic priorities of the UFS.

Core Functions

  • Research/publication; and
  • Postgraduate Teaching.

To promote the UFS focus on Africa, the centre initiates, facilitates or coordinates and participates in projects with a focus on Africa. As it has limited academic staff, it operates through the assistance of colleagues in other departments and faculties at the university and beyond.


Research focus areas include:

  • Dynamics of Development in Africa incorporating aspects of rural development and land issues in Africa;
  • Global Political Dynamics and Africa with foci such as democratisation and governance challenges (i.e. multilateral institutions in Africa);
  • theorisation of transitions in Africa; citizenship, identity and social cohesion in African democracies as well as post-conflict peace and gender issues; and
  • Indigenous Knowledge System and heritage-related research. 

The CAS also enjoys the support of Research Associates, contributing to the teaching and research outputs. We have established a network of institutional partnerships for research collaboration with institutions such as the Africa Institute of South Africa, SANPAD and the National Heritage Council.


Postgraduate training programmes offered by the centre include an honours degree, master's degree (course work and research) and PhD programme in Africa Studies. The Gender Studies programme, also housed in the centre, offers a structured MA and postgraduate diploma in Gender Studies.

Africa Day

The centre hosts the annual Africa Day Memorial Lecture, where guest scholars are invited to speak on crucial issues facing the continent.

Seminars and Lectures

The CAS monthly seminar offers a platform for scholars to debate national, regional, or continental issues.

Last updated: 08 January 2016 11:08