African Studies Group - Madrid

Grupo de Estudios Africanos (GEA) 

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

The African Studies Group (GEA for Grupo de Estudios Africanos in Spanish) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is an interdisciplinary research group specialized in African studies, and focused more particularly on sub-Saharan Africa. 

Dr. Icíar Ruiz-Giménez – AEGIS Plenary Representative

Grupo de Estudios Africanos
Dpto. Ciencia Política y Relaciones Internacionales
Marie Curie 1, planta 1
Facultad de Derecho – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
28049 Madrid, Spain


News and events: 
Teaching in African Studies: 

Teaching activities constitute one of GEA’s main working areas. Our researchers participate in several graduate and postgraduate courses; we have a Doctoral Program, two yearly programs, and we organize specific courses. 

The Master program in International Relations and African Studies at GEA began in the academic year of 2000/2001 and became an Official Master program in 2006/2007. During the past ten years, this Master program has been one of the most popular at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

In 1999 GEA celebrated the first edition of the Introductory Course to the African Reality. Since 2004 the course is hosted by La Casa Encendida. The CIRA is one of the few specialized courses about African studies in Spanish language taking place every year. 

GEA offers other courses regularly, in collaboration with public and private entities. 

More information on teaching can be found here.

Libraries and collections: 

There is a collection of African cinema available within the UAM library. See here for more information

Network and partners: 

GEA is part of the European network AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) since 2006 and the Spanish network ARDA (Agrupament de Recerca and Docència d’Àfrica); both of them connect the main Africa Research centers in Europe and Spain. We participate in the organization of the Iberian Congresses of African Studies (we organized the 2012 edition) and in the publication of the interuniversity journal Studia Africana.

GEA’s researchers teach in several courses, seminars, Masters of other institutions such as: Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University (Madrid), Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid), Salamanca University, Burgos University, Lleida University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona University, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), Comillas University (Madrid), La Gomera University, Miguel Hernández University (Alicante), International University of Andalusia, ect-. We collaborate as well with research centers (Centre d’Estudis Africans de Barcelona, HEGOA- Instituto de Estudios sobre Desarrollo y Cooperación Internacional, etc.) and with African studies specialists of different Universities in Spain and abroad.