African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

Join us in congratulating senior Jennifer Ostrowski who was awarded the Ralph B. Abrams Scholarship.  Jennifer is completing majors in African Language and Literature and International Studies, as well as earning a certificate in Global Health.  She is also a candidate for Biocore Honors.


Friday, March 3, 2017 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm

The new title, Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings, explores utilization of popular legend to mask discussion of culturally sensitive topics. 

Learn more about the mysterious Popobawa, its origins, and its impact on Tanzanian coastal culture. 

H.F. Deluca Forum, Discovery Building
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Registration is now open for "Pleasure and the Pleasurable in Africa and the African Diaspora," the annual conference presented by the Department of African Cultural Studies and the African Studies Program!

On Friday 16 December 2016, Albaba Sanchi, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for Hausa, visited  Sliver Lake Intermediate School in Oconomowoc, WI (45 mile East of Madison towards Milwaukee). The school was celebrating Africa Day and Alibaba spoke to over 40 students about Hausa language and culture.

On Monday 5 December, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Alibaba Sanchi took part in an outreach program at an international celebration for kids and their families held at Kennedy Elementary School located in Madison East side (Milwaukee). He is devoting the 2016-17 academic year to promoting Hausa language and culture in Madison and beyond.

Washington, DC

Last week, four department graduate students (from left to right as pictured: David isiche, Kathryn Mara, Adeola Agoke, and Kevin Wamalwa) traveled to Washington DC to attend the annual meeting of the African Studies Association for the first time, where they took part in a panel thye helped organize, "Imagining African Cultural Studies through Literary Ethnography" Uniting three of this year’s conference themes—imagining Africa, scholarship, and representation—this panel emerged from a graduate-level methods seminar

Professor Damon Sajnani was recently interviewed by the Language Institute.

Read about one of our newest faculty members!


University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Letters and Science
Ebrahim Hussein Fellowship for Research in African Literature
Call for Applications

AliBaba, Brahim, and Tolulope

AliBaba Sanchi of Nigeria, Brahim Lafdouk of Morocco, and Tolulope Akinwole of Nigeria have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grants to serve as a teaching assistants in Hausa, Arabic, and Yoruba and take courses at University of Wisconsin-Madison for academic year 2016-17. While in the United States, AliBaba Sanchi, Brahim Lafdouk, and Tolulope Akinwole will share their languages and cultures with U.S.

Congratulations to doctoral students Adeola Agoke and Tarek Ziadna, who both passed their prelims!


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