African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science


The mission of the Department of African Cultural Studies is to provide research and teaching in the languages and expressive cultures of Africa and Africans around the world. This includes work on both graduate and undergraduate levels, and emphasizes the development and application of analytical, linguistic, and methodological tools that will enable students to work effectively and imaginatively across regions, languages, cultural forms, methodologies, and disciplines.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00pm
    1418 Van Hise
    The second presentation in our Professional Development series features Professor Sam England who asks, "How do we teach broad understandings of culture in academic institutions that promote very focused fields of study?" This workshop will review one technique for teaching literature as a large-scale, permeable culture.
  • Fri, 04/14/2017 - 7:00pm
    Madison Public Library - Central
    In partnership with the Department of African Cultural Studies, the Wisconsin Book Festival features author Teju Cole.  Winner of a number of awards, Cole is a novelist, critic and photographer.