As Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Nelson will spend two years working on collaborative initiatives and pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.

Posted: 8/1/2018


Several of the Institute's research centers and teaching programs have new faculty leaders as of July 1, 2018, and three new faculty have joined the Institute's academic teaching staff.

Posted: 7/2/2018


Canadian mining companies' presence on the African continent and their efforts to disempower indigenous artisanal miners are new iterations of colonial economic systems, said Paula Butler at the latest African Studies Speaker Series.

Posted: 5/31/2018


At the UCLA celebration of International Women's Day 2018, E. Tendayi Achiume discussed female refugees and migrants from the Global South as women who exert their agency to improve their lives.

Posted: 3/26/2018


Speaking about her new novel at the Y&S Nazarian Center, Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen described the “unseen” Israel and the role of literature in revealing the things we don't want to know about ourselves.

Posted: 3/12/2018


The latest speaker in the African Studies Center Speaker Series argued that Black Lives Matter and social media activism are a continuation of Aimé Césaire's writings on negritude.

Posted: 2/23/2018


Shantelle George presented her research to date on the kola nut's introduction into the Caribbean and its connections to African religion, medicinal practices and identity in the New World.

Posted: 12/15/2017


Jemima Pierre views slavery and colonialism as two sides of the same coin: a global process that intentionally flattened African identities into the racialized categories of “black” (in the Americas) and “native” (in Africa).

Posted: 10/16/2017


The UCLA environmental health sciences professor was selected to give a TEDGlobal talk. "Let's stop painting Africa as a continent of darkness,” he said. “The Congo Basin Institute is that vision that gives a positive outlook of what Africa can be.”

Posted: 7/21/2017


“Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil by Fran Siegel” considers the potential of Afro-Brazilians to transcend global displacement through ancestral rituals and symbolic systems that keep their connections to Africa alive.

Posted: 7/18/2017


Renowned African writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o read from his recent memoirs at the 2017 James S. Coleman Memorial Lecture in late May.

Posted: 6/13/2017


A UCLA professor of African American studies and political science, Sawyer died Sunday, March 26, in Los Angeles. He was 45.

Posted: 3/29/2017


Historian Monique Bedasse recently spoke about Rastafarian repatriation to Tanzania, the emergence of self-governing Caribbean and African nations and transnational pan-African politics.

Posted: 3/14/2017


“Africa's Great Civilizations,” a new PBS series, was shaped by two historians from UCLA: Christopher Ehret (UCLA Professor Emeritus of History) and John Thornton (UCLA Ph.D. 1979, now professor at Boston University). It airs nationwide on Feb. 27, Mar. 1 and Mar. 2.

Posted: 2/24/2017


Established in 2010 at the School of Theater, Film and Television, the award has been endowed with a gift from Gabriel's widow and children. Gabriel was a long-term director of the M.A. program in African Studies and an associated faculty member with the Center for African Studies.

Posted: 12/8/2016


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