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Welcome to the African Studies Program!

The African Studies Program has long been recognized as one of the leading centers for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. We are committed to being one of the nation's leading programs for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. Our diverse research, teaching, and outreach activities promote greater understanding and appreciation of the continent and its people. We also promote the study of Africa in global perspective by cooperating with other area-studies programs, international centers, professional schools, and departments inside and outside Indiana University. All of our activities are conducted in accordance with our values stressing integrity, excellence, diversity, community, collaboration, and creativity.

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ASP Students, Faculty and Alumni News


Victor Alabi, Ph. D. student in Linguistics and Yoruba instructor for the African Studies Program, has received a College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award. Victor will present "Musical Mobility: A Stylo-Semiotic Analysis of MZFM's The Broken Pitcher and the Prodigal Ones" and co-present "Knowledge Production, Education and Development in Nigeria and Kenya" at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, November 16-18, 2017.

Alumna Jennifer Hart (Ph. D., History, 2011) has her book, "Ghana on the Go: African Mobility in the Age of Motor Transportation," on the short list for the Melville J. Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of History at Wayne State University.

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Upcoming Events ♦ Announcements

Spring 2018 Registration 

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African Languages Tea Time

Tuesday, November 28 | Noon - 2:00pm | GISB Atrium

Join us for tea, snacks, and African language and culture! Meet our African language instrutors and current students and learn about Swahili!

Study Abroad: ACCT in Uganda, Summer 2018

May 14 - July 30, 2018

Advancing Community, Collaboration, and Training (ACCT) International combines an academic service-learning course with an on-site internship in Jinja, Uganda for full-time students at Indiana University. Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2017. Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2018. Find out more here.

Swahili Summer Language Workshop

June 4 - July 27, 2018

First year Swahili in one summer! Find out more here.

Recent Events

Thank you to all who participated in and attended the Fall 2017 African Languages Festival! Another festival comes your way Spring 2018! See more pictures here.

David. K. Amponsah, IU alumnus and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia, gives the final Friday Colloquium of Fall 2017.

ASP Master of Arts student Sara Swett and ASP Senior Lecturer Betty Dlamini explain the Language of African Clothing at First Thursdays on The Arts Plaza, 10/5/2017.

Vincent Bouchard, Professor of French, and director Dani Koutaté participate in a discussion following the screening of "Medan vi lever (While We Live), 9/28/2017.