African Cultural Studies

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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.


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Over the weekend, CNN aired its 12th annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."  The show focused on the contributions of African Cultural Studies undergraduate major Max Bobholz, along with four other extraordinary young people who are "making a difference in their communities and far beyond."...

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Assistant Professor Matthew Brown's essay, "Nollywood Comedies and Visa Lotteries: Welfare States, Borders, and Migration as Random Invitation" was recently published in...

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African Cultural Studies Students Association

Call for Papers: Due January 31, 2019

Day-Long Conference: April 11, 2019

What do you envision when prompted to imagine “the future” of Africa? Is the future tomorrow, next year or 100 years from now? Across disciplines the...

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The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards have been announced. The award was established in 2017 to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The 31 shortlisted pieces reflect the state of contemporary African literary culture. The wide range of themes...

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