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Call for Papers: Due January 31, 2019

Day-Long Conference: April 11, 2019

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards have been announced. The award was established in 2017 to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The 31 shortlisted pieces reflect the state of contemporary African literary culture. The wide range of themes and subject matter explore questions of history, race, power, privilege, music, photography, and more. The list also shows contemporary African writers exploring new forms of writing and adapting literary discourse to the challenges of digital culture and technology.

Professor of Gender & Sexuality in African Cultural Studies

Ph.D student Kathryn Mara was selected to participate in the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID. Fellows are expected to spend time at the institute and to develop and maintain mechanisms for ensuring meaningful intellectual discussions with one another (e.g., through scheduled, weekly meetings) and with other students, fellows and faculty in WID. A major responsibility of fellows is to arrange activities (e.g., seminars, exhibitions, performances) for the campus community. Learn more about this unique opportunity!

Learn more about Associate Professor Samuel England's new book and his research interests!

Jadaliyya was founded by academic experts on the Mideast with the goal of reaching audiences beyond the academy. It was founded and is still operated by the Arab Studies Institute. It features English and Arabic content.


Join the Department of African Cultural Studies as we recognize and congratulate Tarek Ziadna for successfully defending his dissertation, titled “French Loanwords in Algerian Arabic: Phonetic/Phonological, Morphological, and Socio-Cultural Analyses.”  Tarek's minor was Second Language Acquisition and he was co-advised by Professors Katrina Daly Thompson and Rajiv Rao.



Read the full article courtesy of "Africa in Our Lives"

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 Fieldwork Award, Soetan will travel to Nigeria to finalize his work.


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, she studies the form, theory, and history of the African novel with the objective of defining how the African novel has helped reinvent the novel as a global form.