African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

Upcoming Events

Location: 
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon
Date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Join the African Cultural Studies Student Association as they host a day-long conference, Nostalgia and Memory in Post-Colonial Africa. The conference features keynote speaker Laura Murphy presenting, "The Silence Slavery Keeps: Remembering Transatlantic and Modern Slavery."  Dr. Murphy is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University.

Location: 
H.F. Deluca Forum, Discovery Building
Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

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. 

Our conference features keynote speaker and acclaimed author Teju Cole, as well as many other accomplished presenters

Location: 
Madison Public Library - Central
Date: 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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.  Learn more about Cole and his many accomplishments by visiting our Facebook page and find out about his presentation at the Wisconsin Book Festival.

 

Location: 
1418 Van Hise
Date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:30am to 2:30pm

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.

Past Events

Location: 
1418 Van Hise
Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The second presentation in our Professional Development series features Professor Sam England who asks, "How do we teach broad understandings of culture in academic institutions that promote very focused fields of study?" This workshop will review one technique for teaching literature as a large-scale, permeable culture. The group will then explore similar approaches in language teaching and will solicit each other's teaching strategies for accomplishing the goal of expanding from a set discipline to a cultural pedagogical template.

Location: 
206 Ingraham
Date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Title: “Hacking Development: Mobile Money, Azonto Bodies and Creative Disruption in Ghana’s Digital Life”

In this presentation, Dr. Reginold Royston discusses his fieldwork with African tech entrepreneurs, proposing a theory of ‘creative disruption’ that typifies innovation in this part of the developing world. He links these practices to a broader African digital aesthetic, incorporating an analysis of online subcultures such as Ghanaian azonto music. 

Dr. Royston will join African Cultural Studies in Fall 2017.

Location: 
206 Ingraham
Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Through examination of Francophone literature, Professor El Nossery explores the impact of war on women's writing.

Join us for Africa at Noon on February 8 to hear more about El Nossery's work.

Location: 
1418 Van Hise
Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Our Professional Development series kicks off the semester with a presentation by Professor Matthew Brown.

As an alumnus of the Department and now a faculty member, Brown discusses his experiences and shares insights and advice.

Location: 
206 Ingraham
Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Assistant Professor Ainehi Edoro of Marquette University will discuss "Pleasure and the African Text" during Africa at Noon on February 8.

Professor Edoro was named one of the "five most influential Nigerian women of 2016" by The Guardian.

Check out her online journal, Brittle Paper: An African Literary Experience.