African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science

Professor Sam England is profiled in Africa in Our Lives.

Discover why he found learning Arabic to be "the most worthwhile challenge" he experienced as an undergraduate.

Read the full profile here.


Hongera Sana to Professor Katrina Daly Thompson! Professor Thompson has been awarded First Prize in the 2016 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing Competition, sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.  Her piece, titled "Secrets of a Swahili Marriage," earned a $100 prize.

Congratulations to doctoral student Said Hannouchi, who has accepted a position as Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Arabic Flagship Program at Indiana University. We will miss him in our Arabic program, and wish him the best of luck in his new job!

Professor Dustin Cowell officially retired yesterday, after 43 years of meritorious service  to our department as Arabic faculty, director of our Arabic language program, and three-time chair of the department (a total of nine years!).  Please join us in thanking him for all of us for his absolutely exemplary dedication and immense contributions to where we are today. In Spring 2018, we will be doing a big conference on half a century of Arabic language studies in the department, an opportunity to properly celebrate Dustin—the key figure in that history.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Hazel Carter, Professor Emerita, African Languages and Literature, on August 3. An accomplished linguist who studied both Kongo and Shona, she was chair from 1992 until 1995 when she retired. She was in the department for 15 years.

Our condolences to the entire Carter family. Please let us all take solace in Hazel's long service of significant contributions to the department as scholar and teacher of African languages.

More info will be forthcoming.

Learn all about what we're doing this fall!

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Join us for this talk on new developments in media throughout the African Diaspora!

Tuesday, June 7


HC White, Rm 4207

Professor Royston

Professor Daniel P. Kunene, distinquished teacher and scholar for the Department of African Languages and Literature for 33 years, passed away on Wednesday, May 27.

His full obituary can be found here.

You can also find a wonderful article detailing his life on our Facebook page.

Professor Olaniyan is featured in the podcast, Africa Past and Present! Listen to his discussion regarding African cartoonists, their origins, their struggles with censorship, as well as a description of his own website,

Listen here!

Professor Tejumola Olaniyan 

Congratulations to Bilal Humeidan and Said Hannouchi, who both successfully defended their dissertations this week!


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