African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science


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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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Room 967, Special Collections, Memorial Library

Loren Kruger is the author of several books including Imagining the Edgy City: Writing, Performing and Building Johannesburg (Oxford University Press) and Post-Imperial Brecht (Cambridge University Press), which won the Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Study awarded by the MLA. She...

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A Lecture Featuring Ato Quayson, University of Toronto & NYU Visiting Professor 

Taking as a starting point two synoptic and instrumental definitions of interdisciplinarity, Ato Quayson will slowly elaborate...

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Ph.D student Kathryn Mara was selected to participate in the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID. Fellows are expected to spend time at the institute and to develop and maintain mechanisms for ensuring meaningful intellectual discussions with one another (e.g., through scheduled, weekly...

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Learn more about Associate Professor Samuel England's new book and his research interests!

Jadaliyya was founded by academic experts on the Mideast with the goal of reaching audiences beyond the academy. It was founded and is still operated...

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Join the Department of African Cultural Studies as we recognize and congratulate Tarek Ziadna for successfully defending his dissertation, titled “French Loanwords in Algerian Arabic: Phonetic/Phonological, Morphological, and Socio-Cultural Analyses.”  Tarek's minor was Second Language...

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Join the Department of African Cultural Studies as we recognize and congratulate Olusegun Soetan for successfully defending his dissertation, titled "Canonizing Trash: A Study of Three Nollywood Directors.”

With support of a Mellon Wisconsin Summer Fellowship and an African Studies Summer...

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