Week 5 with AfriSoc

Dear Members,

Yesterday night was spectacular! We would like to thank all of you for giving us the best night of the year! Thank you for the commune. Thank you for the stellar moves on the dance floors. Thank you for the deep conversations on the hallways. It is such a joy to get to jam to music that is so dear to us and we are looking forward to recreating nights like this and making them even better and more inclusive. Towards this objective, we are looking for a Deputy Social Secretary, read more about this below.
As for the new week, we are expecting all of you at the talk with Esther Stanford-Xosei in Balliol, which promises to be intellectually engaging.
Next week will also be Teddy Hall Equality and Diversity Week, with many interesting movie screenings and panel discussions. Next month our friends form TEDxEuston will hold the 2017 edition of their conference on the theme METAMORPHOSIS.
Finally, we are working on two new initiatives for week 7 for which your collaboration is essential. The first is a Mini-Symposium for week 7, a moment which will combine together physical and intellectual food for what we hope will be an interesting and thought provoking afternoon. Students from any faculty can submit a request to present at this symposium. The second is a RoundTable focused on North Africa, with which we hope to increase the involvement of people from or interested in North Africa in the society.

  • Upcoming Event (TUE): Esther Stanford-Xosei
  • Upcoming Event (ALL WEEK): Teddy Hall Equality and Diversity Week
  • Upcoming Deadline (SAT): Deputy Social Secretary - Call For Applications
  • Upcoming Event (DECEMBER): TEDxEuston - Meta.Morph.Osis

Deputy Social Secretary - Call for Applications

We are looking for a new member of the committee to help the Social Secretary organise the AfroBOPs, the lunch hangouts, pot lucks and all the other social events we all love. The deputy social secretary will need to be jolly and committed to helping manage the society’s social agenda. The ability to seamlessly communicate with people is also central to the role.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please email us at africa.society@studentclubs.ox.ac.uk with subject 'AfriSoc - application - Deputy Social Secretary' and attach your CV and cover letter. The deadline for this is next Saturday at midnight.

Pursuing Pan-Afrikan Reparations (with Esther Stanford-Xosei)

Esther Stanford-Xosei on Reparations

We are looking forward to hosting Esther Stanford-Xosei next week Tuesday (November 7). She will speak about the recently launched International Network of Activists and Scholars for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR).
INOSAAR is a collaborative project that seeks to unite the efforts of scholars and activists in a quest to advance the question of reparations for Afrikan enslavement and exploitation.

Esther's talk will focus on elaborating on the INOSAAR's role in movement, how it relates to Oxford students scholarship and research and what students can expect to benefit from participating in the network.

Esther Stanford-Xosei is a juriconsult, community advocate, specialising in the critical legal praxis of 'law as resistance'.

RSVP now (some wine will be provided during the evening).

Where: Balliol College, Massey room
When: 7pm, November 7


St Edmund Hall Equality and Diversity Week

Week 5 is Teddy Hall Equality and Diversity Week, the events, hosted throughout the week, include screenings of Hidden Figures and Moonlight and a panel discussion 'Decolonise the Curriculum' among other things.


TedxEuston 2017 - Meta.Morph.Osis

Our friends at TEDxEuston are back with the 8th edition of their annual conference! Devoted to ‘African Ideas Worth Spreading’ and themed METAMORPHOSIS, TEDxEuston will bring together a 600-strong audience of industry leaders, creative thinkers and change makers, who share intellectual curiosity about Africa.

This year’s conference will take place on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at The Mermaid Theatre, a defining landmark in the heart of London. They have an exciting line up of 15 inspiring speakers and performers at various stages of their involving journeys across different sectors and industries.

Secure your ticket and get ready to be challenged and stirred by the brightest ideas from those who take the boldest steps.

Tickets available here.

AfriSoc Mini-Symposium

In Week 7 we will organise the first every AfriSoc mini-symposium,  moment for our members to share their research interests with us in an informal setting. Each presentation will be between 10 and 15 minutes long and there will be 3-4 presentations around an interdisciplinary topic. Nibbles, fruit, tea and coffee will be offered during the event.
It will be a way to know each other better and start connecting our different areas of expertise.

Please do register your interest, there is no limitation on the range of the research areas we accept.

North Africa RoundTable

Africa belongs to all Africans! The Africa Society would like to ensure that all Africans feel welcome and can contribute to the activities and success of the Society. Therefore, we have resolved to host a RoundTable with our North African members in Week 7 (the exact date to be confirmed). If you are interested in participating in this Roundtable and are from North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morrocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia and Sudan) or have a strong interest in these countries, please email the Africa Society (africa.society@studentclubs.ox.ac.uk) so we can provide you with further details. Two of our members, Noon Atijani and Abdulrahman Faki Omer, both from Sudan, will be assisting us by spearheading our efforts to engage more meaningfully with North Africa.

AfriSoc Newsletter MT#5