African Studies Announcements

African Studies Announcements

  • Search Open for Outreach Coordinator - Center for African Studies (A1700641)
    10/12/2017

    Outreach Coordinator

    Center for African Studies

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

     

    The Outreach Coordinator will develop, implement, and evaluate the Center’s outreach programs, as well as coordinate with the Director and Associate Director in overall Center programming development and implementation.

    Click here for information.

     

  • FLAS Information Sessions
    11/28/2017

    FLAS Information Sessions:

    November 28, 100 Greg Hall, 4:00 pm

    November 29, 319 Greg Hall, 4:00 pm

     

  • African Studies Association 60th Annual Meeting: scholarship opportunity
    9/28/2017

    Click here to view a scholarship opportunity for qualifying in-service and pre-service teachers.

  • Looking for an online course this summer? Enroll for AFST 222: “Introduction to Modern Africa.”
    4/17/2017

    The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is offering more than 300 online courses in multiple subject areas over the summer break, including our own AFST 222: "Introduction to Modern Africa!"
    Click here for more information. 

  • Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited with Author Mhoze Chikowero: Sounds of African Liberation
    4/12/2017

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    In partnership with the Center for African Studies, through support from the US Department of Education's Title VI Program, Krannert Center welcomes Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited for a performance at Stage 5 in the central Lobby. The performance will be accompanied by commentary from Mhoze Chikowero based on his award-winning book, African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe.

    Thomas Mapfumo is known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government of President Robert Mugabe. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music, a Zimbabwean music genre that blends traditional Shona mbira music with modern electric instruments and lyrics characterized by social and political commentary. The word chimurenga itself is the word for liberation in the Shona language. Mapfumo's slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognizable to Zimbabweans.

    Mhoze Chikowero, Professor of African History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, just won the J.H. Kwabena Nketia book prize for 2014-16. His book presents a historical account of the articulation of colonialism and self-liberation in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa through music and related performative cultures. The Blacks Unlimited, and particularly its leader Thomas Mapfumo, feature prominently in the book.

    Together, the talk and performance advance an African multimodal approach to self-authorship that brings together scholarship and performance in the same space to present a powerful experience of music and intellectual discourse.

  • What Does The Ban Mean for Africa: Conversations about Immigration, Foreign-ness, and Resistance
    2/7/2017

    The Center for African Studies and The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies invite you to a panel to discuss the recent signing of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” an Executive Order targeting immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. The event is co-sponsored by the University YMCA and will take place Tuesday, February 7, from 1:00-3:00 in Latzer Hall, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Please join us. Click here for more information.

     

  • FLAS Fellowships, Summer 2017 and AY 2017/18
    11/16/2016

    Click here for more information. 

  • Call for Applicatons: Working with African Arabic Script Manuscripts, A 3-Day Training Workshop
    11/7/2016

    Click here for detalis. 

  • “The Contributions of Fulani Scholars to the Development of Islamic Scholarship in Mali, 18th-19th Centuries”, a Brown Bag Talk by Dr. Mohamed Diagayete, Senior Research of Ahmed-Baba Institute, Mali
    9/14/2016

    Click here to view the video.

  • CAS to host Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute
    6/21/2016

    To view website, click here.

  • Dr. Mauro Nobili on Arabic, Timbuktu, and West Africa, an Interview with Dr. Mauro Nobili, Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Katrina Spencer, Graduate student in Library and Information Science and CAS FLAS student
    4/4/2016

    Dr. Mauro Nobili is a history professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here he discusses his research as it relates to the fabled city of Timbuktu and the linguistic challenges posed to those addressing similar areas of interest. Click here for details.

  • “Thinking about Our Shared Common Ancestry–Pausing to Reflect Back on My Career as an Africanist,” an Interview with Dr. Alma Gottlieb, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois by Dallas Tatman, Graduate Student in Religious Studies.
    3/17/2016

    An Interview by Dallas Tatman, Graduate student in Religious Studies, as part of the Center for African Studies' Graduate core course, AFST 522: “Development of African Studies,” Spring 2016.

    Click here for details.

  • “Memories and Images of the East African Coast,” an Interview with Dr. Prita Meier, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Illinois by Beth A. Williams, Doctoral Student in History
    3/17/2016

    “Memories and Images of the East African Coast,” Dr. Prita Meier, Assistant Professor of Art History. Interview by Beth A. Williams, Doctoral student in History, as part of the Center for African Studies' Graduate core course, AFST 522: “Development of African Studies,” Spring 2016.
    Click here for details.

  • Three Decades, and Africa, an Interview with Professor Teresa Barnes, Professor of African History, University of Illinois by Katrina Spencer, Graduate student in Library and Information Science and CAS FLAS student
    3/1/2016

    Click here to listen to an interview of Professor Teresa Barnes by CAS FLAS student Katrina Spencer.

  • Renowned African liberation supporter Prexy Nesbitt will speak to CAS sessions on History of African Liberation Movements and Lessons for US today March 10-11
    2/18/2016

    CAS will host a two-day seminar which will bring together Africanist academics from the U of I and colleges across the state. The content will focus on the links between African Studies and contemporary racial justice struggles in the US as well as examine the potential for expanding Africana Studies in Illinois community colleges. The event is jointly organized by CAS, Department of African American Studies, and the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University as part of a Title VI grant. Co-sponsors include: Center for South Asian and the Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies, and LAS Global Studies Program.

    Click here for details. 

  • Program Associates Global Institute for Secondary Educators Mandela Washington Fellows Civic Leadership Institute Mandela Washington Fellows Public Management Institute
    2/10/2016

    Click here for full description.

  • 2/9/2016

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  • Illinois-Njala Symposium: Live stream available! The Partnership: Past Experiences, Present Issues, Future Initiatives
    11/17/2015

    Click here for live stream.

  • FLAS Fellowship (Undergraduate Students)--Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2016
    10/30/2015

    The Foreign Languages & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships application is now ready for students to apply for the 2016-2017 Academic Year and Summer 2016 awards: FLAS Fellowship Undergraduate Application Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016. For more information about FLAS fellowships, please see the Illinois FLAS Fellowship website (here). For questions specific to the Center for African Studies FLAS fellowships (click here), please email CAS Associate Director and FLAS Coordinator Dr. Maimouna Barro: barro@illinois.edu.

  • FLAS Fellowship (Graduate Students)--Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2016
    10/30/2015

    The Foreign Languages & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships application is now ready for students to apply for the 2016-2017 Academic Year and Summer 2016 awards:

    FLAS Fellowship Graduate Application

    Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016.

    For more information about FLAS fellowships, please see the Illinois FLAS Fellowship website (here).

    For questions specific to the Center for African Studies FLAS fellowships (click here), please email CAS Associate Director and FLAS Coordinator Dr. Maimouna Barro: barro@illinois.edu.