The British Institute in Eastern Africa has been active since 1960 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Institute exists to promote research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within the wider region of eastern Africa – from Eritrea and Sudan in the north to Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the south, extending westwards to Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and including Madagascar and the islands of the Indian Ocean. It has a strong tradition of research in anthropology, archaeology, history and linguistics, and recent projects have embraced political, environmental and development studies, geography, public health, and art and performance. Its renovated research centre in Nairobi provides work space and accommodation for researchers and visiting academics, an excellent reference library and seminar / lecture facilities. The Institute offers financial support and logistical assistance to research projects, and runs a graduate attachment scheme.

The Institute is sponsored by the British Academy and has its London office at their headquarters in Carlton House Terrace. It is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital, and is a registered charity. It is governed by its Council, which is based in London and is elected by its members.

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The Institute publishes the journal Azania: archaeological research in Africa, a leading archaeological periodical for the region, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Both have four issues per year and are produced in conjunction with Taylor and Francis. Membership is open to all and we would be delighted if you would join us.

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Published 13/10/14   8:24AM

Towards Groundwater Security in Coastal East Africa

The final dissemination meeting for this NERC DFID UPGro research project will be held at BIEA on the 17th and 18th October. Research focussed at » Read more…

Published 12/9/14   10:54AM

Legacies of Struggle in southern and eastern Africa: Biography, Materiality and Human remains

18-20 MARCH 2015 at The BIEA Across southern and eastern Africa, legacies of struggle have gained renewed political traction in recent years. Diverse and unique » Read more…

Published 19/8/14   1:05PM

BIEA Annual Nairobi Lecture 2014

The Swahili: What we know and how we know (23rd January 2015, 6.00 pm) by Professor Chapurukha Kusimba, American University, Washington D.C.

Published 1/5/14   3:50PM

BIEA British Academy Annual Lecture 2014

Title: “New State: Clean slate? Change And Continuity In South Sudanese State Formation.” This year’s annual lecture will take place on Thursday 20th November, 6.00PM » Read more…

Published 27/9/13   3:20PM

Membership Fees and Subscriptions for 2014

Annual membership of the British Institute in Eastern Africa is open to all, and runs from January to December each year. Full membership costs just » Read more…

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