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Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa


On August 1 2007, the Africa Research Centre of the KULeuven shedded its old skin and changed its name. Like its predecessor, the new Institute for Anthropological Research on Africa (IARA) is committed to anthropological research in and on Africa. It therefore favours participatory and sited research (‘fieldwork’), qualitative case-studies and contemporary historiography to shed an anthropological light on the social and political challenges facing Africans today. These research concerns are, of course, also reflected in our current research projects and in the anthropology courses taught by our staff. Check out our recent year reports: 2007, 2008, and 2009.


The IARA is committed to long-term field research on past and contemporary issues in Africa. On our research pages you find our mission statement, info on research projects, seminars, and so on. >>>


Members of the IARA are involved in the master programs of Social and Cultural anthropology, and of Cultures and development. Read more >>>


Iara Staff and students carry out research in RDCongo, Ghana, Namibia, Burkina Fasso, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa. Here you find more on our completed and running projects, doctoral seminars, and more. >>>

Grants & Awards

Read more on the achievements by our staff. >>>


Apart from publications, Iara also presents its work in different formats like exhibitions, documentaries, or short films. Click here for an overview of the different projects. >>>


These pages contain an overview of selected publications. For full bibliographies, we refer to our member page. >>>


Listed here are the conferences Iara organised and/or the panels in which members of Iara participate. >>>


For more information on our doctoral seminars, our research seminars or guest lectures, please click here.