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The African Studies Program has long been recognized as one of the leading centers for the interdisciplinary study of Africa. It has been a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center every year since 1965.

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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African Studies Program Fall Reception

Thursday, September 25, 4:00-6:00pm
IMU University Club, President's Room

Guest Lectures

Friday, September 26, 1:30-2:30pm
Woodburn Hall 218
“Egypt in Africa: Ancient and Modern Views, Biases and Interpretations”
Professor Willeke Wendrich, Joan Silsbee Professor of African Cultural Archeology,
University of California, Los Angeles
Ancient Egyptian sources convey very ugly and stereotyped depictions of their neighbors to the south, yet the daily practice was often more nuanced. Egyptology, coming of age in a time when latent or open racism was rampant, accepted such ancient views, to the point that Egypt was considered “un-African”. Recent research finally has made inroads in considering Egypt’s decidedly African roots.


Thursday, October 2, 4:00-6:00pm
Woodburn Hall 218
“Literary History and Uneven Development: An African Example”
Professor Susan Z. Andrade, Associate Professor of English,
University of Pittsburgh
In literary history as in social history some years are of particular importance: 1968—with its uprisings in Paris, Mexico City, Chicago and elsewhere--might be better understood if we cast the historical net more globally, away from Europe and the U.S., to include the relation of Africa, especially Algeria and West Africa, to Paris.  In this talk, I introduce a new perspective, as offered by the formally experimental, the political and psychoanalytically-inclined novel, The Golden Notebook (1962) by Doris Lessing.  What relation does this novel posit between Africa and the European ruminations of the two feminists in London? What relation might the novel bear to a history of decolonization and, especially, a broader literary history in an uneven world?