Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

News & Announcements

October 21, 2015

Applying for research grants this Fall? Africa-oriented graduate students are invited to a workshop on grant proposals offered by the African Studies faculty. Participants will be expected to circulate a draft of their grant proposals, which will be shared with their peers and with participating faculty. Interested students should contact Professor Mann at; proposal drafts for circulation should be sent to Prof. Mann by October 12th.

October 8, 2015

The death of the Algerian writer and filmmaker Assia Djebar in February 2015 represents the loss of a major voice of world literature and one of the last great literary representatives of the age of decolonization. For half a century, Djebar explored her country’s past and present in novels, essays and films that combine poignant lyricism with theoretical sophistication. Counter-narratives to official nationalism, her works highlight the experiences of Algerian women before, during and after colonialism.

October 8, 2015
Rutgers will be presenting a lecture series in the month of October by Abdalla Uba Adamu, Professor of Mass Communications, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. His main research focus is on transnational media flows and their impact on the transformation of Muslim Hausa popular culture especially in literature, film, music (particularly urban musics) and performing arts.

October 8, 2015

The African Burial Ground National Monument is the first National Monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. The stories of the African Burial Ground teach us how free and enslaved Africans contributed to the physical and spiritual development of Lower Manhattan during the 17th and 18th centuries. Come visit the monument and museum from 10-11:30am on Thursday. RSVP to

October 8, 2015

Students and faculty of the Institute of African Studies are invited to a special screening of The Boy from Geita on October 15th at the UN Headquarters. The film reveals the danger of having albinism in Tanzania. People with albinism are targeted for their body parts which can command huge sums from witchdoctors who believe they have magical powers. Adam, a young boy featured in the film, is attacked in his home.

October 7, 2015

True Walker Productions, Friends of the Congo,
and Maysles Documentary Center present:

Congo in Harlem
7th Annual Series of Films and Events
October 18th-25th, 2015
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Blvd, NYC 10027

October 5, 2015

Date: October 18, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm.

Location: Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street).

Examine Kongo society's history and artistic traditions in the context of changing relations between Africa and Europe over half a millennium. Remarks by Faustin Linyekula, choreographer; Jo Ractliffe, artist; and David Van Reybrouck, author; followed by discussion moderated by Philip Gourevitch, journalist and staff writer, The New Yorker. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Kongo: Power and Majesty.

October 2, 2015
Rutgers University
Friday, October 16th, 2015 

The world is experiencing an unprecedented refugee crisis. As many as 59 million people, responding to the savage increase of global violence and economic oppression are fleeing on foot, in small boats, and in suffocating transport containers in order to make a better life for themselves.



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