AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) was set up in 1991 in order to build upon the resources and the research potential available within Africanist institutions of the European Union. As the dynamics of contemporary change in Africa and the continent's response to globalisation are intimately linked, understanding the continent's evolution is the major academic and policy challenge AEGIS seeks to address. AEGIS consequently aims to:

  • Share intellectual resources for research and advisory purposes
  • Conceptualise new research themes
  • Improve and disseminate knowledge about Africa
  • Provide academic guidance and foster institutional exchanges of students, senior researchers and academic staff
  • Promote interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Africa