Introducing the BIEA

The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its research centre  with accommodation, lecture facilities, work space and reference library in Nairobi, Kenya. The Institute is a registered charity which exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa. It offers financial support , affiliation services and logistical assistance to research projects, and runs a graduate attachment scheme. The Institute publishes a regular newsletter as well as the journal Azania: archaeological research in Africa and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Membership is open to all and we would be delighted if you would join us.


Call for Applications: EMKP 2021

The 2021 Call for Applications of the Endangered Material Knowledge programme is now open.

The Endangered Material Knowledge Programme is a major programme that will help preserve the knowledge of endangered material practices. The programme provides grants to support the documentation of material knowledge systems that are under threat and in danger of disappearing.

Knowledge holders, practitioners, and scholars can apply for funds to support work that explores knowledge systems associated with the making, use, repair and re-purposing of material objects, spaces, architecture, performances and environments. EMKP strongly advocates for a working approach that centres community epistemologies, close collaborative working and celebration of the diverse knowledge networks that affect the material world.

The programme offers small grants for pilot one-year projects with a maximum award of £20,000, and large grants for two-years projects with a maximum of £100,000.

Applications close at midnight GMT on the 17th January 2022. Further details about EMKP and the type if grants can be found at  

Applications can be submitted through the Application portal here:

EMKP is supported by Arcadia  (, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin and hosted by the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum.

For inquiries, please get in touch at  [email protected] 

15th International Conference for Nubian Studies University of Warsaw 29th August – 4th September 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are very sorry for the late communication. The pandemic delayed a lot of decision-making processes in Poland, and we had to wait longer than expected for the results of our funding applications, as well as for the full re-opening of the accommodation base and event management businesses to provide you with information that is both reliable and
Conference fees
While we received the funding decisions eventually, there are still many uncertainties regarding the accommodation. We are happy to announce that we were able to keep the conference fee on the level of the previous one, i.e. 120 euros for scholars, with a reduced fee for students (pre-PhD) at 75 euros. Participants from Sudan and Egypt are exempted from payment.

You can find the list of accommodation offers under this link It includes venues where the conference participants can get discounted rates, but most of them are not yet booking for summer 2022 and will presumably start doing so in September 2021. Please be patient, we will update accommodation
information as soon as it becomes available. You may also search Airbnb or websites. They have a great selection of various flats and rooms for rent.

Conference Programme: Call for Session Themes
After discussion with the Board of our Society, we have decided to arrange the programme of the conference around themed sessions (see the suggested sessions in attachment and on the 15th ICNS website: Since this is a novelty, and because we would like the conference to be more participatory in terms of programme creation, we would like to invite participants to set up their sessions, too. This will be a two-step process: At this point, we announce the call for sessions with a deadline for submissions on 15 October 2021. Following this date, another call will be opened for papers, which the conference participants will submit to one of the sessions. The deadline for the call for papers will be 31 March 2022.

Nubian studies are multidisciplinary and require diverse forms of scholarly interaction. If a workshop or roundtable is a
more suitable way to interact in your discipline or research area, please feel free to organize such a meeting during the conference. For assistance, please contact the Organising Committee at [email protected] with your idea for a workshop or roundtable before 15 October 2021. Basic information and detailed instructions on how to submit your proposal for a session, workshop or roundtable can be accessed following the link

Timetable for calls:
23 July 2021 – 15 October 2021: call for sessions, workshops and roundtables
1 November 2021 – 31 March 2022: call for papers