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

  • Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:00am
    Pyle Center, 702 Langdon
    Join the African Cultural Studies Student Association as they host a day-long conference, Nostalgia and Memory in Post-Colonial Africa.
  • Thu, 04/13/2017 - 9:00am
    H.F. Deluca Forum, Discovery Building
    Join us for: Pleasure and the Pleasurable in Africa and the African Diaspora, a lively interrogation of an uncommon theme in the scholarly study of Africa and the African diaspora: pleasure. 
  • 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.
  • Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:30am
    1418 Van Hise
    Our professional development series concludes with a discussion of career options featuring our recent alum, Reem Hilal. Dr. Hilal earned her Ph.D. in 2013 and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Allegheny College, where she teaches Arabic.



Ronald Radano, Tejumola Olaniyan
Duke University Press Books
Katrina Daly Thompson
Indiana University Press