African Cultural Studies

College of Letters & Science
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!

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.


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