The Sudan Studies Society of the United Kingdom was established in 1987. Our name was officially changed in 2016 to the Society for Study of the Sudans UK, to reflect our continuing interest in South Sudan after its independence.
SSSUK's overall aim is to promote the study and understanding of the South Sudan and Sudan in all their aspects. It serves the general public in this regard, but provides some specific benefits for members, including exclusive early access to the Society's twice-yearly journal. Anyone with an interest in South Sudan and/or Sudan, however general or specialised, is welcome to join.
SSSUK holds a Symposium and General Meeting every year, usually in September. The fostering of international links is also important and the Society is in regular contact with other similar societies. SSSUK cooperates with our sister organisation the Sudan Studies Association of North America (SSA) and others in the organisation of International Sudan Studies Conferences. These have been held in Khartoum (1988), Durham (1991), Boston (1994), Cairo (1997), Durham (2000), Washington DC (2003), Bergen (2006), Pretoria (2009) and Bonn (2012).
SSSUK is incorporated as a UK charity (No. 328272), and is registered with the Charity Commission. Its trustees are elected by the members for renewable three-year terms. The trustees form the nucleus of the governing Committee, and carry out their duties in accordance with the Constitution of the Society, last amended in 2016. The Committee may co-opt others with particular skills and experiences to join them in the deliberations and executive work of the Committee.
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Society are available here.
The members also periodically elect the honorary President of the Society. Our current President is the distinguished author, Leila Aboulela.
President: Leila Aboulela (re-elected 2023)
Trustees (elected Committee members):
|Name||Date of Election||Post|
|Ms Gill Lusk||2022||Chairperson|
|Ms Fidaa Mahmoud||2023||Joint Deputy Chairperson|
|Mr Mawan Muortat||2023||Joint Deputy Chairperson|
|Mr Francis Gotto||2023||Secretary|
|Ms Shiemaa Ahmed||2023||Treasurer|
|Ms Charlotte Martin||2023||Journal Editor|
|Dr A. Azim El Hassan||2021|
|Mr Adrian Thomas||2022|
|Dr Rebecca Bradshaw||2022|
|Rev. Dr Andrew Wheeler||2022|
|Ms Jane Hogan||2023|
|Mr Aly Verjee||2023|
Co-opted Committee Members:
|Name||Date of Co-option||Post|
|Mr Jacob Akol||2021|
|Dr Douglas H. Johnson||2013|
|Mr John Ryle||2013|
|Prof. Peter Woodward||2013|
|Correspondent||Main topics for correspondence||Contact details|
(Ms Gill Lusk)
The programme of the Annual Symposium and AGM. Liaison with organisers of the International Sudan Studies Conference
(Mr Francis Gotto)
|General information about SSSUK||email: email@example.com|
(Ms Shiemaa Ahmed)
|Joining and renewal of SSSUK membership; most other matters involving payments||
Editor of Sudan Studies
(Ms Charlotte Martin)
|Submission of articles to Sudan Studies||email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
(Mr Mawan Muortat)
|Posting of items on SSSUK website, ideas for design and coverage of website||email: email@example.com|