Image for Liberating the storytelling of African masks from the filters of culture, time and geography
African masks and figurines need to be liberated from the “scaffolding” of site-based interpretations, whether in Africa or the West, and listened to with humility and vulnerability, said Zina Saro-Wiwa at the 2020 Coleman Leture of the African Studies Center.

Posted: 7/15/2020


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African Arts has contributed to a wonderful resource on systemic racism and racial violence: an array of articles from journals published by MIT Press available free of charge through August 31, 2020.

Posted: 6/11/2020


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Victor Agadjanian's demographic research has taken him all over the world and inspired him to become multilingual.

Posted: 3/23/2020


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UCLA faculty and researchers are collaborating with African partners throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to address complex challenges. Our own African Studies Center is focused on two major projects: the “Africa's Readiness for Climate Change Forum” and “Refugee Worlds, Refugee Lives."

Posted: 1/29/2020


Image for Alain Mabanckou named on 2019 list of 100 most influential Africans
A renowned novelist, poet and professor, Mabanckou is recognized for his contributions to the global literary scene.

Posted: 1/21/2020


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Linguist Harold Torrence, chair of the African Studies M.A. Program, teaches a field methods class every year in which he and his UCLA students work on a language none of them has ever studied before.

Posted: 5/20/2019


Image for Two UCLA scholars receive ACLS Fellowships
Andrea Goldman (history) and Ippolytos Kalofonos, M.D./M.P.H. (Geffen School of Medicine/ International Institute) were recently awarded 2019 ACLS Fellowships. Goldman is a member of the faculty advisory committee of the Center for Chinese Studies; Kalofonos teaches in the Institute's Global Health Program.

Posted: 4/2/2019


Image for Andrew Apter, an anthropologist among the historians*
Anthropologist-historian Andrew Apter, interim director of the African Studies Center, hopes to oversee a period of much greater undergraduate student involvement in its activities.

Posted: 1/16/2019


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Faculty members from two UCLA departments combined forces to report on a little-known minority group: Jewish communities in North Africa during the Holocaust.

Posted: 1/9/2019


Image for New leaders, faculty join the International Institute
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


Image for Colonial extractions: Race and Canadian mining in contemporary Africa
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


Image for Celebrating female refugees and migrants as “women who move”
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


Image for “Waking Lions” depicts unseen Israelis
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


Image for From Aimé Césaire to Black Lives Matter: The ongoing impact of negritude
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


Image for The kola nut: West African commodity in the Atlantic world
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


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