African Cultural Studies

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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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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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We’re excited to announce that Professor Ainehi Edoro will be joining our faculty in Fall 2018.

Edoro is the founder and Editor of Brittle Paper, a leading online platform dedicated to African writing and literary culture. She received her doctorate from Duke University.In her research,...

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Professor Katrina Daly Thompson has been selected to receive the Summer Humanities Research Fellowship, made available through the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH). This workshop supports tenured humanities faculty in pursuing...

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PhD candidate Olusegun Soetan has received and accepted a $3000 African Studies Summer Fieldwork Award for his work in Nigeria this...

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