CRG African History

The aim of the Collaborative Research Group African History is to organise Africanist historians in Europe, to enhance the visibility of African history within the larger field of African Studies and that of history in Europe, and to promote the development of African history as a discipline within the larger domain of humanities and social sciences. 

About this CRG

The findings of Africanist historians at an analytical, methodological and theoretical level, but also as part of the 'simple narrative' of larger histories, have the potential of enriching both history and African Studies as a whole, but remain largely unknown outside the field of African history itself. African history is still widely unknown and disregarded among a larger audience too. The CRG aims to change this, therewith introducing a less Eurocentric worldview among a larger public.

The CRG African History aims to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of information on African history related projects, events, venues and similar among Europe-based Africanist historians.
  • Enhance the visibility of African history within the European African Studies landscape and beyond, and thereby to deepen AEGIS as a network.
  • Promote collaboration between Europe-based Africanist historians within AEGIS and beyond.
  • Promote collaboration between Europe-based Africanist historians and Africanist historians on other continents, notably Africa.
  • Promote collaboration between Europe-based Africanist historians and other disciplines within African Studies and with historians in other field of history.
  • Promote knowledge on African history and the theoretical and methodological insights reached within African history among other disciplines or regional studies, and sub-disciplines within history.
  • Promote and disseminate works on African history to the larger public in Europe.

The main activities of the CRG African History are: 

  • Supporting or facilitating the organisation of conferences, conference panels or workshops (including AEGIS thematic conferences) by its participants/members, dealing with African history, but in connection to other disciplines and fields.
  • Supporting or facilitating members'/participants' joint application for research funding on a European or Global level (ESF, ERC, UNESCO, you name it).
  • Supporting or facilitating the dissemination of historical knowledge on Africa to the larger audience through popular literature, documentaries, Radio and TV broadcasts, exhibitions and similar.
  • Supporting or facilitating the organisation of 'summer schools' or doctoral school programmes for Ph.D., M. Phil. or M.A. students.
  • Supporting or facilitatingthe writing of handbooks or undergraduate textbooks on African History.
  • Supporting or facilitatingthe creation of a European journal dedicated to African history, but with inclusion of linked disciplines or regional studies fields (MENA, (Black) Atlantic Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Global Studies, World History, et cetera).
  • The creation of a comprehensive overview of all scholars working on African history in Europe and their research interests and topics, to facilitate contact between them.

How to join 

If you would like to join the CRG please send an email to: 

State your name, title, institutional affiliation, and domains of expertise.