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


  • Each year, the American Academy in Berlin awards two-dozen semester-long Berlin Prize fellowships to outstanding scholars, writers, and artists from the United States.

  • Our student services coordinator Toni Landis earned the “IAPpriciates You Award” from International Academic Programs. IAP staff came to our faculty meeting to give Toni the award, and noted that she was nominated by numerous staff members for her longstanding support for student study abroad....

  • The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance.

  • This year’s theme, Shifting Epistemologies: Movements, Institutions and Ideas in Africa, invites participants to reflect on election, migration, resistance and innovation trends that have taken shape on the continent and in the African diaspora. Abstracts due 12 Feb.

  • Third-year PhD student Kathryn Mara has been elected as a Great Lakes regional delegate in the Modern Language Association.