Image for Decolonization of African thought and African studies
In a masterful lecture, Ndlovu-Gatsheni, professor and chair of epistemologies of the global south at Bayreuth University (Germany), laid out the intellectual history of decolonization in Africa and African studies and the many “turns” within it.

Posted: 8/16/2021


Image for BLM a catalyst for decolonization efforts in Belgium
Following the largest anti-racist demonstrations in its history in June 2020, Belgium took belated action to confront its colonial past.

Posted: 4/30/2021


Image for International Institute, centers receive significant gifts
Over the past several months, the African Studies Center, the Asia Pacific Center and the International Institute have received generous gifts to support their operations and programs.

Posted: 4/8/2021


Image for Generous gift will promote student research and public service in Africa
The newly established Dr. Elizabeth Woldemussie Centennial Global Health Fund at the UCLA African Studies Center will support UCLA students to travel to Africa to conduct health-centered research or an original intervention with a local community development agency.

Posted: 2/12/2021


Image for Faculty Spotlight: Alden Young on "Working at the intersection of politics and economics"
Alden Young, an historian whose research focuses on economic development and Africa, recently joined the faculty of the International Institute.

Posted: 10/16/2020


Image for Recognizing Prof. Lahra Smith- Director of African Studies Program
Professor Lahra Smith has been appointed director of the African Studies Program at Georgetown University.

Posted: 10/16/2020


Image for Recognizing Awet- Royal Society of Canada
UCLA's MA in African Studies and History Department, Awet Weldemichael, elected into Royal Society of Canada.

Posted: 10/14/2020


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A new undergraduate course in fall quarter 2020, “The Political Economy of Climate Change,” will examine the challenges of mitigating climate change.

Posted: 9/22/2020


Image for "Dawn of Darkness," A Poem by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong
Knowing we are currently in a pandemic, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o graciously wrote this poem and would like it to be shared widely. We hope it brings you comfort. The poem was written on March 23, 2020. Read it and share!

Posted: 8/31/2020


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


Image for African Arts contributes to resource on systemic racism
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


Image for A demographer informed by ethnography
Victor Agadjanian's demographic research has taken him all over the world and inspired him to become multilingual.

Posted: 3/23/2020


Image for UCLA and Africa
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


Image for Language as a product of the human mind
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


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