African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science


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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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206 Ingraham Hall

Please join us for this lecture featuring Ghenwa Hayek, University of Chicago.


Union South, Varsity Hall

Humanities Without Borders features Jamaica Kincaid.

Kincaid is an Antiguan-American author of twelve books, including the award-winning Annie John, Lucy, and Mr. Potter. She is Professor of African and African American Studies in Residence at Harvard University. For twenty years, she was...

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Jacquelyn-Bethel Mougoué will join our department in August as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Mougoué, currently an assistant professor of History at Baylor University, is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar of Africa who is particularly interested in...

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Doctoral student Kathryn Mara served as ASAPOD host at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in November 2018, where she hosted interviews with many ASA participants....

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Arabic teaching assistant Salah Algabli, has been selected as a 2019 Future Faculty Partner as part of UW-Madison's Teaching Academy program. Future Faculty Partners are graduate students who have been formally...

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Gueye is an African Cultural Studies PhD student researching the Senegalese concept of "Jonge."

Her work explores the various meanings of this term as it relates to womanhood and gender practice.

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Recent graduate Rebecca Mandich was selected to receive a 2018 Teaching Assistant Award.  During the fall 2018 semester, she served as instructor for African 331: First Semester Swahili.

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