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of African Studies
Department of History
Civics & Politics
Department of Geography
of WRC / ICSSR
Department of Eurasian Studies
Department of African Studies
area studies programme on Africa was established in 1971-72 by the
University Grants Commission as part of its efforts to develop Area Studies
Programme at the
level. The main thrust of the centre is research though it conducts
postgraduate teaching . Centre offers to the aspiring students full
eight papers M.A. degree in African Studies, along with combination degree
with other social science disciplines. The centre has a young faculty
devoted to research in their respective disciplines and respective areas .
Besides post-graduate courses, Centre enrolls students for Doctoral
Research leading to Ph.D. degree in African Studies at
Centre for African studies is today one of the premier Area Studies Centre in
doing research and teaching in African Studies. Initially it was established to
research problems of Anglophone east
and was appropriately named centre for East African studies. The UGC in 1990's
allowed it to expand the scope of its research and teaching to cover entire
African continent. Today, Centre's faculty covers within the scope of its
teaching and research, developments throughout the African Continent. The Centre
is financed by the UGC, which provides grants every five years on the basis of
Centre's performance. The UGC has provided faculty positions and grants
for the enhancement of academic activities and create and maintain
infrastructural facilities for teaching and research. The
provides a grant to the Centre in annual budget for the petty expenses.
Centre for African Studies is housed in Ranade Bhavan located at Vidyanagari
. The Campus is located near Kalina, Santacruz (East), and is accessible both
from western and central railways. The Campus offers facilities for
research opportunities for an all round development of student personality.
Centre has multi-disciplinary faculty though the thrust of its teaching is
inter-disciplinary in nature. The Centre has over the years successfully
undertaken several projects on Africa from governmental and non-governmental
agencies, conducted seminars/conference/workshops .Faculty of the Centre
contributes papers on African problems to national and international
Centre's faculty has published (during the last more than 35 years) several
hundred research articles in professional journals published at national and
international level. Individual faculty members have been invited to
deliver lecture and to refresher and orientation courses for
university and college teachers, participate in conferences / seminars held by
the departments of different Indian Universities. The proceedings of the
seminars / conferences held by the Centre and the project reports have been
published. The Centre has over the last thirty five years published eighteen
books and held equal number of national / international conferences/seminars and
Centre has a documentation unit. It provides documentation services to the
faculty and researchers. It receives on complimentary / exchange basis
books / documents / reports from academic institutions and international
organisations from outside the country. The centre has entered into Exchange and
Cooperation agreements with academic institutions from
University’sJawaharlal Nehru Library is located in the Campus. It has
collected large number of books and volumes on Africa and receives more than
dozen journals on a regular basis on
. The collection at the Jawaharlal Nehru Library has been built up from the UGC
grants provided to the Centre. The library provides reading research
facilities for the scholars desirous of specializing on
part of its research activity, the Centre regularly holds seminars / conferences
/workshop on problems faced by the African countries. These provide a forum of
interaction between academics and business people doing research and trade with
and related areas. The Centre invites academics from African continent to
participate in the seminars / conferences. The main purpose of having a Centre
like this is to provide forum for nurturing mutual understanding, cooperation
and friendship between people of
Centre became a Department of the University in 1984. Since then it
has published its own Newsletter, called 'African Currents'. The Newsletter is
published bi-annually and contains research articles written by the Centre's
faculty, bibliographies prepared by the Documentation Unit and detailed
information on Centre's academic activities. Also contained in the Newsletter
are the texts of lectures delivered by visitors at the Centre, and solicitated
articles from eminent Africanist. The 'African Currents' is a vital link for
establishing wider communication with the like minded academics and institutes
and abroad including the African continent. Centre has also published the result
of faculty research in form of Occasional Papers since 1970-71.F orty two
occasional papers have been published by the centre durlng last thirty five
Centre aims in widening its academic linkages in future. A beginning has been
made in this regard by entering into exchange and cooperation agreements with
several academic institutions in
, Scandinavian countries,
It receives publication of Economic Commission of Africa, Organisation of
African Unity and United Nations bodies.
the local level Centre has built a successful relationship with trading and
business houses which have constantly supported Center's academic endeavors
through their participation and financial support in seminars organized by
the Centre. Centre has held workshops for local business and trading hours on
business opportunities offered by African continent and probed changing
parameters of India’s relation with Africa by holding seminar on newly
emerging areas of interest such Indian ocean and Indian diaspora.
academic work received recognition from Indian Society for African Studies, New
Delhi, which in 1996 selected the centre from among the several Indian Academic
institutions, Governmental and Non-governmental and others for having
contributed to greater awareness of problems faced by countries of African
Continent and presented it with An Award Honour of Excellence.
Centre since 1971-72 has been conducting research and teaching on African
politics, history, economics, sociology and geography. With the increasing
globalization and interdependence the Centre is planning to include aspects of
science and technology, culture, society, religion and philosophy, in its
research thrust and formulate courses of study covering theses aspects. The
and various African countries have been the focus of Center's attention. This
has enabled the faculty to have an understanding of African countries and form
academic / intellectual opinion on problems faced by
provide inputs to the governmental policy formulation and its implementation in
relation with concerned countries.
teaching programme for M.A. degree at post-graduate level began in 1986, after
the Centre had attained full Departmental status within the University set-up. A
total of 8 papers in African Studies for M.A. degree are offered to the students
admitted to African Studies. A Student of African Studies at Masters level has
to select four out of 8 papers offered by the Centre and the other four are
offered by relevant social science disciplines from 2001 centre has been
permitted to offer full of paper course in M.A in African studies.The M.A.
courses are periodically revised so as to make them relevant in the changing
global environment .The Centre has been able to attain modest number of students
to join M.A. courses during the last twelve years.
are admitted to the Ph.D. course in accordance with the University regulations.
A student who has completed M.A. in African Studies is normally registered for
the Ph.D. course. However, those having interest in African Studies but not
having post graduate degree in African Studies are also considered for admission
to Ph.D. course. The Centre has produced nine doctorates so far. At present the
Centre has nearly a six students working for the doctoral degree in African
has awarded Ph.D. degrees in African Studies on following topics:
Manendra V. Sahu
M.A. Ph.D, (
, Mumbai, 2000)
Lecturer & Director
Area & Subject Specialization : Security/ International
Relation/ India-Africa Trades
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(Mrs) Aparajita Biswas.,
M.A., Ph.D. (Mumbai University, Mumbai, 1990).
Area & Subject Specialization : Political Science /
International Relations,/ India-Africa Relations,
and its Relations SADC".
cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region Emerging Trends and Prospects :
The Case of India,
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(Mrs) Renu Modi, Lecturer.,
M.A. Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1995)
Area & Subject Specialization: Political Science /
International Relations, Human Rights, Development Induced
Environment and Human Geography of
II. State Formation and
III. African Economics : Problems and Prospects
in World Affairs.
V. Foreign Trade, Investment and Industrialization in
VI. Government and Politics in Independent
VII. Africa-India and
VIII. History of
Paper - I. Environment and Human Geography of
Physical structure and configuration (surface)-evolution of structure and
relief-coastline and landscape-effects of climatic changes-win systems-man's
response to climate.
Ecology-vegetation-tropical forests-soils of Africa-famine, posts and diseases
Human responses to the use and misuse of environment in
Demographic and social aspects-population settlements-spatial
distribution-migration-urbanisation and towns-societies of
-their characterstics-ethnic structures-races and tribes.
Partition and emergence of nation states in Africa-geographical boundaries and
territorial disputes-geo-strategic and geo-political significance of
. Natural resources and economic development -agriculture-mineral and hydraulic
resources-industrial location and development-transportation and
infrastructure-regional co-operation and utilisation of resources-role of
technological change in resource utilisation.
Note : Wherever appropriate, the topics will be studies with reference to
Sub-Saharan African Countries.
Paper II State Formation and
Tribe, Nation and State.
1. Comparative Conceptual Paradigme African and European.
2. Indigenous African Political System.
3. Cosmological and Religious Concepts in African Society.
Arrival of Europeans
1. Scramble and Partition of
2. Spheres of Influence, Protectorates Concepts.
3. Colonial Systems and Administration Impact, African Response.
4. Impact of Christianity and Islam.
Consolidation of Colonial Rule.
League of Nations
and Consolidation of Colonial Model.
2. Development of representative Institutions.
3. Contributions of Europeans and Asians to African Development.
4. Emergence of
1. Concepts and Issues.
2. Factor of African Nationalism.
3. Proto-State and Colonial Development.
4. Principle of Trusteeship.
Problems and Prospects of State and Nation-Building in the Post Independent
2. Role of Education, language and communication.
3. Leadership and Political Parties.
4. Population, Poverty, Agriculture, Industry, Trade Commerce and Debt.
5. Democracy, consciencism and Praoterinism.
in Post Cold War Period.
1. Legitimacy of Colonial Nation-State model.
2. Problems of QuasiStates Conflicts and Cooperation.
3. Underdevelopment Dependency and neo-colonial linkages.
4. African Unity and Cooperation in Changing Global Conditions.
Paper - III African Economics : Problems and Prospects
Aspects of African Economics : The Impact of Traditional Inheritance, Economic
Geography and International Economy.
Demography and Environment : The Impact of
's Population Profile on Development : Rural-Urban Interface: Conflict
Situation and the Refugee Conundrum.
Industry and Entrepreneurship : Problems of Industrialization Role of Research,
Training in Development.
Mobilization of Resources : Trade Aid and Investment Policies : Regional Trade
Planning and Liberalization.
Economic and Social Infrastructure.
Financial-Infrastructure: Banks, Capital Markets.
Debt and Development Strategies.
b. UN Economic Commission for Africa and OAU
Structural Adjustment in
Colonisation of Africa
b. European Power rivalries and scramble for
c. Comparative paradigms of colonial trollies and their impact on
Factors Affecting Anti-Colonial Movement During the Inter War Period
League of Nations
and the Mandate System.
b. Birth and spread of Pan-African Movement.
c. Russian Revolution and
d. Doctrine of White Supremacy.
Factor Influencing Anti-Colonial Movement in the Post War Period
a. United Nations and the Trusteeship System.
b. Manchestor Pan-African Congress of 1945.
c. Cold War and problems of decolonisation (
, Algerian and south African crisis).
d. Policies of
e. Concepts of Power, Eurafrica, Neo-colonialism Third World Unity and Revival
f. Apartheid, and development of the racist state.
g. Development of Power Groupings in Africa (
and Monrovio Powers).
African States in Post
a. Birth of CAU and Regional Unity.
b. UN and Africa Cooperation in economic and political spehres.
, NIEO, G-77 and
d. Issues of neo-colonialism, dependency and intra-regional conflicts.
End of Cold War and Impact on
a. Reduction in cold war related conflicts.
b. Regional cooperation and African Economic Community.
c. Issues of democracy and free market.
Paper - V Foreign Trade, Investment and Industrialization in
International Trade and Economic Growth: Theories and Empirical evidence.
Problems of adjustment mechanism and financial flows : An inter-national
perspective. Issues of trade, technology, environment and labour.
Restraint, co-operation and conditionality in African trade policy.
The International trade agenda and African response : Issues and options.
African International Economic Relations since independence
b. Dependency and unequal exchange.
c. Linkages with metropolitan economies.
d. Oil and debit crisis.
Intra-African Trade aid internal capital movements : Case Studies.
Transitional / Multinational corporations and industrialization in
a. TNL / MNL objectives.
b. Technology, capital transfer as an agent of industrilaization.
Issues trade liberalization, growth and development.
N.B. : Wherever required appropriate reference to country case studies from
Sub-Saharan African continent be given.
Paper - VI Government and politics in Independent Africa
Politics and Ethnicity in Africa
a. Tribal Identity
Nationalism and National Liberation Movement.
a. Colonial Policy
b. Representative Institution
c. Nationalism and Liberation Movement.
Transfer of Power and Democratic Constitutional Framework.
Ideology and Political Parties in Post
a. Liberal Multiparty System.
b. One Party Rule
c. African Socialism
d. African elites
a. Political Recruitment
Military and Dictatorship in African Polity.
Conflict and Cooperation in post independence
a. Domestic and border violence
b. Apartheid, Racialism and neo-colonialism.
c. Regional Cooperation.
a. State Performance and Disenhancement
b. Globalisation and interdependence
c. Multi-party System.
Paper - VII Africa-India and Indian Ocean Region
Geo-political importance of
Early trading and commercial contacts.
Arrival of Europeans and its Impact on the IOR.
Issues of Colonisation, racialism and Imperialism.
Post-war period and IOR.
a. Emergence of nation-states.
b. Issues development, pluralism, racialism, neo-colonialism.
policy in post independence period.
b. Economic Issues.
c. Role of Nonalignment.
Globalisation, Interdependence and IOR.
a. Establishment of Regional Organisations.
SADC, PTA, EAC, IOC, SAARC
Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC).
c. Issues of trade, production and cooperation.
Paper - VIII History of Africa (1885 to 1965)
Colonisation of Africa
a. Scramble for
b. African response.
Patterns of Colonial Administration.
a. Colonial policies and development.
b. European and African Settlement in Eastern and Southern
First World War, Colonies and International Accountability.
a. Establishment of
League of Nations
b. Mandatory System.
during Inter-war period.
a. Pan-Africanism and Communism.
b. Rise of Fascism and Nazism.
World War II and its Impact.
a. Establishment of United Nations and Principle of trusteeship.
b. Development of NAtional Liberation Movements.
a. Transfer of Power.
b. Conflict and Cooperation.
a. Trading contacts and indentured labour.
b. Voluntary immigration and Asian settlement.
c. Racial friction and its impact.
d. Role of Asian immigrants in African national development.
D. DISSERTATIONS FOR WHICH DEGREE HAS BEEN AWARDED
1. Role of Small
in Industrial Development of
: A Study of Integrated Approach
's Foreign Policy with Particular Reference to Intra-African Disputes during
's Relations with
4. The Role of Financial Institutions in Promoting India-Africa Production
5. Goa-Mozambique Relations: 1498-1910
6. Parliament in
Impact of International Sanctions on the South African Economy
Dismantling Apartheid and its Impact on Southern African Security Environment
American Diplomacy in North Africa with Special Reference to
PH. D. DISSERTATIONS IN PROGRESS
Foreign Policy towards Africa: A Case Study of
Debt Crisis in Sub-Saharan
with Special Reference to Sudan-Kenya Tensions
Macro Economic Management and the Parallel Market in
United Nations and Peacekeeping Efforts in Africa with Special Reference to
Agricultural development in
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UGC has provided Research Fellowships to the Centre for recruiting students for
Ph.D. degree. We have at present one Sr. Research Fellow working for Ph.D.
UGC provides research positions in the form of Research Associates to the Centre
from time to time. The Centre recruits Research Associates in accordance with
the UGC terms and conditions. Research Associateship is given to a person who
has attained Doctoral degree in African Studies and is interested in doing
further research in the area. Research Associateships have helped the Centre in
attracting candidates with requisite qualification who on attaining research
experience in African Studies could become eligible to apply for faculty
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