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The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies


The Ferguson Centre promotes the interdisciplinary study of empire and postcolonial conditions with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. Since its establishment in 2002, it has hosted seminars, exchanges, postgraduates and run collaborative research projects.

Members have contributed to the writing of a range of Arts courses including: A326 Empire 1492-1975; A180 Heritage, whose heritage?; AD281 Understanding global heritage; A300 20th century literature: texts and debates; A215 Creative writing; A815 MA English; A230 Reading and studying literature; AA316 The nineteeth-century novel.

Dr Sandip Hazareesingh takes over as Centre Director in January 2016.


Forthcoming events

Cultural Rights and Kenya’s New Constitution project

Cultural Rights in Action: from global policy to local practice.
Wednesday 20 April 2016, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

A one-day workshop that will present preliminary research findings by the project team drawn from case studies across Kenya.
More information at and

Panel on Heritage and Subversion in Africa
3-8 June 2016, Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, Montreal, Canada
Conference website

Commodities of Empire project

Call for Papers: Global Commodity Frontiers in Comparative Historical Context
9-10 December 2016, London (venue to be announced)
Find out more

Local Subversions of Colonial CulturesNew publication

Local Subversions of Colonial Cultures: Commodities and Anti-Commodities in Global History by Sandip Hazareesingh and Harro Maat, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Find out more about this book

Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque), Arab Street, Singapore (2007). Photo: Karl Hack

Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque), Arab Street, Singapore (2007). Photo: Karl Hack

Market woman, Nigeria. Photo: Françoise Parent Ugochukwu

Market woman, Nigeria. Photo: Françoise Parent Ugochukwu