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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1414 Van Hise

Please join us for a brownbag discussion with Dr. Jamie Thomas (Linguistics, Swarthmore) about her research, teaching, the academic job market, zombies, and more. Dr. Thomas will be presenting "Zombies Speak Swahili: Language, Horror, and Area Studies” for...

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Join us for a screening of Dr. Ndirangu Wachanga's newest film, Tireless Pursuit, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Tireless Pursuit is a biographical documentary on the life and work of Micere Githae Mugo, one of Africa’s leading writers, poets, performers and one of the most...

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Professor of Gender & Sexuality in African Cultural Studies

The Department of African Cultural Studies (ACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for an open-rank position in gender and sexuality, with a preference for research in southern Africa and/or in...

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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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