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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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Program and Affiliate News

The IU Department of Art History has received a $1.5 million gift which will support the study of African art at Indiana University-Bloomington. The anonymous donation establishes the Tanner-Operman Chair in Honor of Roy Sieber who served as curator of African art for the Eskenazi Museum of Art for more than 30 years. Read the full story here.

Student, Faculty, and Alumni News


Say "Hello!" to ASP's latest Master of Arts Graduate! After completing a Master's thesis which explores the economic role and material agency of handmade batik textiles in Ghana, Molly Keogh has returned to Accra to resume running her clothing brand, Osei-Duro. She looks forward to expanding her practice to include teaching design, establishing an artists' residency, and new research.

Congratulations to our recent Ph. D. graduates! Fabienne Diouf, who also taught Wolof for ASP, completed her degree in Linguistics and African Linguistics. Carinna Friesen completed her degree in Folklore and Ethnomusicology with an African Studies minor. Best wishes on your next endeavors!

IU African Studies Program Alumnus Nate Plageman has won a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award for his research on state planning and urban life in western Ghana, 1900–1970. His project will be a book-length study of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana's first planned city, under both British and Ghanaian rule. Dr. Plageman is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Coordinator for the African Studies Minor at Wake Forest University.

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 presented "Musical Mobility: A Stylo-Semiotic Analysis of MZFM's The Broken Pitcher and the Prodigal Ones" and co-presented "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

Summer FLAS Application Open Now!

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Need funding to continue your language studies? Learn more about the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award here!

Friday Colloquium Series Returns!

Begins February 2 | 10:30am - Noon | GISB GA 1112

Check back for updated speaker infomation, topics, and dates.

African Languages Tea Time is Back!

Begins January 25 | See schedule for times | GISB Atrium

The first Tea Time of Spring 2018 features Wolof language and culture, noon to 2pm on January 25! Come enjoy tea, snacks, and fellowship! See the full schedule here.

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. 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

Senior Lecturer Betty Dlamini and African Languages Coordinator Alwiya Omar with friends at the final African Languages Tea Time for 2017! We'll see you again in Spring 2018 for more tea, snacks, language, culture, and fellowship!

The African Studies Association held its annual meeting in Chicago November 16 - 18, 2017. ASP faculty, students, alumni, and emeriti were in attendance with many presenting. One panel, "Author and Critic," highlighted the work of IU Alum Joanna Grabski: her recently published book, "Art World City." Discussants included affiliate faculty Dr. Eileen Julien and Dr. Beth Buggenhagen.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in 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 Kouyaté participate in a discussion following the screening of Medan vi lever (While We Live), 9/28/2017.