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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 how constructions of gender inform the comportment and performances of the body, religious beliefs, and political ideologies in Cameroon. Her first book, Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon, is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press this year.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:50pm

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. Here she is joined by Rudolf Gaudio and our own Katrina Daly Thompson to discuss ethnographic approaches to language in an African context, the role of a scholar in shaping public discourse about Africa, and more.

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 recognized by the Teaching Academy as having demonstrated a deep interest in and commitment to higher education, and a willingness to commit to one or more years of active involvement in the Teaching Academy.

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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Wishing you a safe, happy, healthy, holiday season!

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Over the weekend, CNN aired its 12th annual "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."  The show focused on the contributions of African Cultural Studies undergraduate major Max Bobholz, along with four other extraordinary young people who are "making a difference in their communities and far beyond."

Bobholz, a first year student at UW, started the non-profit, Angels at Bat when he was just 12 years old.  Since then, he has made several trips to Kenya, delivering baseball equipment to children in need.

Assistant Professor Matthew Brown's essay, "Nollywood Comedies and Visa Lotteries: Welfare States, Borders, and Migration as Random Invitation" was recently published in African Migration Narratives.

The collection of essays, "Examines the representations of migration in African literature, film, and other visual media, with an eye to the stylistic features of these works as well as their contributions to debates on migration."

African Cultural Studies Students Association

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.