Over the years the Institute has grown to host several units and today the Institute's teaching and research units include Societies & Cultures; Language & Literature; Religion & Philosophy; Music & Dance; History & Politics; and Visual Art. Additionally we have a library, a Publications section, an Audio-visual section that includes the holdings of the International Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD) inherited from Emeritus Professor J.H. Nketia, and which currently has a discography and video collection of over 3,000, and over 8,000 photographs. The Institute also has a museum with a variety of collections which include Asante goldweights. The Ghana Dance Ensemble of the IAS is the original national dance company. In addition, the Institute provides hospitality services (chalets and a restaurant) and oversight responsibility for the Manhyia archives at the Asantehene's palace in Kumasi.
In October 2001, the Institute moved into a new building, the first phase of a projected complex, completed with generous funding from DANIDA, Denmark's agency for international development. The complex is named after the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, whose vision of African unity and continental government, and belief and passion for African self-assertion and unique contributions to global knowledge and scholarship, led to the establishment of the Institute. The new building has greatly expanded the facilities available for the work of Fellows and students. The building includes a museum and the Kwabena Nketia Conference Hall. This hall was named after the world renowned ethnomusicologist, and the first Ghanaian Director of the Institute, and provides space and a setting to host meetings for more than a hundred people at a time.
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
The Institute of African Studies is located on the main Legon campus of the University of Ghana. The Institute has an oldÂ site and a newÂ site. The New Site, 100 meters from the main entrance to the Legon campus, houses the Institute's administration and the offices of most of its faculty members.
The Old Site houses the Institute's Library, Printing Unit, Publications Unit and Store, Offices for the Ghana Dance Ensemble and the International Centre for Music and Dance, as well as offices of a some international programmes.