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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Atlanta, GA

61st Annual Meeting of the ASA
Energies: Power, Creativity and Afro-Futures

The ASA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world. With an attendance of about 2,000 scholars and professionals, the...

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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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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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Katrina Daly Thompson and Erin Stiles (eds.)
Ohio University Press
Katrina Daly Thompson
Indiana University Press