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


  • PhD student Adeola Agoke was awarded a National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA) Dissertation Grant.

    This award helps support graduate students in the fields of applied linguistics and language education at the dissertation writing stage. These grants can...

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  • 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. Fellows, who come from the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and the arts, pursue independent projects in a...

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  • 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....

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  • The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the Divisional Research Committees of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education on the basis of a detailed proposal.  ...

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  • 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. In recent years, the...

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