Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

News & Announcements

September 17, 2014

Columbia University's Institute of African Studies (IAS) Director, Professor Mamadou Diouf, will be presented by French Minister Laurent Fabius with the insignia of Cevalier of the Legion of Honor at the French embassy in New York. France is honoring Professor Diouf for his role in engaging students from around the world in dialogue and debate about history and the present.

July 30, 2014


Your Link to the Community of West Africa & Diaspora Scholars

Undergraduate Paper Competition 2015

In 2015, WARA will be offering four awards for outstanding undergraduate essays on West Africa. We welcome essays in all disciplinary areas and on topics of current relevance to the region. This competition is open to all students who are enrolled in undergraduate programs at a WARA member institution.

July 6, 2014

The Institute of African Studies invites applications for the Africa Workshop, a new series to support innovative research in African Studies. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to apply. Preference will be given to recent PhDs. Selected applicants present work in progress within the two-hour workshop. Works in progress include article, book, and paper drafts as well as research and book proposals. The Institute will cover the flight and hotel accommodation of selected applicants.

May 16, 2014

BAMcinématek is about to begin its annual FilmAfrica series May 23—26 in conjunction with BAM’s DanceAfrica celebration. Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival. This year’s movies come from South Africa, Tunisia, Sudan, and beyond, including a special focus on films from Madagascar. You can find out more on the series here:

May 8, 2014

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor George Clement Bond, The William F. Russell Professor of Anthropology and Education, Director of the Center for African Education and former Chair of the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.



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