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Friday, February 5, at 12pm (CT), the Global Lunchbox series, a weekly conversational forum hosted by the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, features Wendy Griswold (sociology, Northwestern University) giving her talk "A Reader Is Not a Person: A Comparative Look at Access, Desire, and the Future of the Reading Class." More details about the event can be found on Plan-it Purple.

Click here to register for this event on Zoom.
Strengthen your Swahili skills every week, at 5pm. Mark your calendars for these dates:

Feb 3, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 10, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 17, 2021 05:00 PM
Feb 24, 2021 05:00 PM

Register here for this Zoom event.
The Program of African Studies has a new blog site! Visit for highlights from our quarterly newsletter, exhibits from the library, treasures from our archives, information about PAS events, people and more.
Undergraduates: GESI will be offered in Spring 2021! Applications will open next week for the Spring 2021 GLO program, GESI 2021: Virtual Global Development in Action. GLO is offering a virtual rendition of the GESI program in lieu of canceled study abroad programs due to COVID-19. This is a unique hybrid opportunity to explore complex questions through coursework while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship—all in a completely virtual online setting.
A new fellowship for West African scholars in the US:

WARA is thrilled to announce a new fellowship for West African scholars based at US institutions!  In collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, WARA has developed a $4,000 fellowship for West African PhD students to conduct research in West Africa.  We know that many West African citizens studying in the US do not have access to the traditional funding sources used by American scholars to conduct research in the field or to consult archives, so thanks to the Mastercard Foundation we have been able to create the Ideas Matter US-based Scholar Fellowship.  For more information click here!

History in Africa is seeking contributions for a 2022 Special Section that examine interdisciplinarity in African history in new ways. Interdisciplinarity happens across academia on multiple, overlapping levels including the use of methods from other disciplines, team-based collaborations (multidisciplinary), and the  creation of new fields (transdisciplinary). We must also respond to the range of twenty-first century movements calling for social justice on the African continent and in the Global North.

Read the Full CFP Here
Submissions: Send a 500-word abstract to by February 15, 2021 with the subject line: HiA Abstract Submission 2022. Authors will be notified in late February whether to submit a full article for peer review by June 14.

Africa’s Readiness for Climate Change  (ARCC) Forum 2021

Call for Proposals

We are excited to announce that the inaugural forum will be taking place virtually from April 19-23, 2021, with speakers and panelists joining from Africa, the US, and around the world.  The inaugural forum will expand an integrated vision of “Green Development” in Africa that is both ecologically and economically sustainable, emphasizing local solutions to climate change developed by African stakeholders in urban and rural communities. Please save the date and check back here for updates on panel themes, program schedule and more.  We look forward to engaging with you on these important topics!

Proposal deadline: February 15, 2021
For more information or to submit a proposal, please contact:
Registration to attend ARCC is now open: RSVP here

Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies
Northwestern University GRADUATE CONFERENCE
May 14, 2021 via Zoom:
“The End of the World as They Knew It: Crisis and Collapse in History”
convened by Sian OLSON DOWIS, T.H. Breen Fellow at the CCHS
Call for Papers—proposal deadline: February 1, 2021

Get more information regarding the call for papers here.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Kate Brown (MIT), author of Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster (2019). 
Interested graduate students should send a paper proposal of no more than one page (250 words), and an updated CV to Sian Olson Dowis ( by Monday, February 1, 2021.

The Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar, developed by Professor Katrina Daly Thompson and led by Dr. Adeola Agoke, allows students engage in supported, self-directed language study.
The target audience for this new program includes students who are not well-served by a traditional summer language program for one of two reasons:
  1. Students who have achieved such an advanced language proficiency that traditional programs no longer serve their learning needs, or 
  2. Students who are studying extremely rare languages that are otherwise not offered in the classroom 
Learn more about the program and how to apply here.
Africa News and Events
African Students Association of Notre Dame presents
PAN-AFRICAN YOUTH CONFERENCE: Looking back, thinking forward
Join a pan-African network of young Africans seeking to discover and fulfill our generation's historic mission towards advancing Africa's development agenda.
Registration is open at
Save the Date for the 28th New York African Film Festival!

Under the banner Notes from Home: Recurring Dreams and Women's voices, the 28th edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns with a virtual program celebrating the shared aspirations that drive humanity through time and the voices of the women who push the culture forward while preserving treasured traditions.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center (FLC), Maysles Cinema and AFF, this year’s NYAFF will showcase over seventy films from Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. The event will be presented in FLC’s Virtual Cinema from February 4 to 14 and in the Maysles Virtual Cinema from February 18 to March 4.

Tickets for the Film at Lincoln Center portion of the festival go on sale on Friday, January 22 at noon and you can view the line-up here. The Maysles line-up will be announced soon.
Sakhile&Me's next exhibition, Gaabo Motho, features works by Wangari Mathenge, Mario Moore, Anike Joyce Sadiq and Lerato Shadi. "It emphasizes a sense of acceptance and nurturing from or by the place or the people close to us, inviting the audience to meditate on what makes a home." The show runs from February 4 - March 20, 2021. Visit the Sakhile&Me website for more information.
Image still from "Visited by a Tiger," 2019, by Anike Joyce Sadiq.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC now has a virtual presentation of The Block's Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.  If you didn't see the exhibit when it was at The Block Museum, or would like to see it again, visit:
More Africa news and events:

Cascading climate impacts and Africa’s engagement with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Africa Portal, 11 January 2021

Hip Hop and Pan Africanism - From Blitz the Ambassador to Beyoncé, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 28 January 2021

How Indian cinema shaped East Africa’s urban culture, Africa Is a Country, 29 January 2021

Congo-Kinshasa: DR Congo's Parliament Ousts Prime Minister Amid Growing Political Turmoil, Deutsche Welle (Bonn), 28 January 2021

Nigeria: Denials and Cover Up Mark 100 Days Since Lekki Shooting, Amnesty International (London), 28 January 2021

Rwanda Among Top 10 Countries That Responded Best to Covid-19 Outbreak, The New Times (Kigali), 28 January 2021

Rawlings funeral: Ghanaians bid farewell to ex-president, BBC, 27 January 2021

Africa has a history of vaccine hesitancy but also of solutions to it, African Arguments (London), 27 January 2021

Rwanda: Preserving Brutal Histories, One Garment at a Time, New York Times, 22 January 2021, 

How Kenya’s new personal data protection law could affect researchers, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 24 January  2021,

YouTube's Alex Okosi sees 'tremendous' opportunity in Africa's creative market, CNN, 20 January 2021

The Arab Spring 10 Years On, Chatham House, 26 January 2021

South Africa: Long Read - Shifting the Lens of Film Festivals, New Frame. 26 January 2021

Buhari appoints new service chiefs, Daily Trust (Abuja), 26 January 2021

Nigeria: Funke Akindele's 'Omo Ghetto' Becomes Highest Grossing Nollywood Movie, Vanguard (Lagos), 26 January 2021

Africa: 34th AU Summit Strives to Leverage and Valorise African Arts, Culture and Heritage, Africa Union (Addis Ababa), 26 January 2021

Southern Africa: SADC Loses Ten Cabinet Ministers to Covid-19 in Two Weeks, The Citizen (Dar es Salaam), 26 January 2021

The Forbes Billionaires List: Africa’s Billionaires 2021, CNBC Africa, 23 Jan 2021,

Jonas Gwangwa, South African jazz musician and activist, dies aged 83, Guardian, 25 January 2021

Obituary: Jonas Gwangwa embodied South Africa’s struggle for a national culture, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 23 January 2021

Tanzania: Judiciary Nods to Kiswahili Use in Tanzania Legal System, Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam), 25 January 2021
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