Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Joint African Studies Program

The Joint African Studies Program (JASP) is an academic cooperation program established between Columbia University in the city of New York and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, two leading universities in the field of African Studies. It is supported by the Partner University Fund (PUF).

The JASP arose from a growing desire among the partner institutions to develop a more structured and collaborative curriculum in African Studies. With the support of the Partner University Fund, this unique transatlantic collaboration between Columbia and the Sorbonne allows for encounters between research led in francophone and anglophone countries for the training of the new generations of African Studies scholars and experts that could benefit from two expertise and scholarship traditions. Since 2014, the partnership has expanded to include CERI at Sciences Po under the leadership of Richard Banegas. 

The idea for the partnership began a tour first joint international conference that was held in April 2006 at Columbia (After War: Critical Reflections on the Politics of Post-Conflict Lessons from Africa on Post-conflict). The same year that we applied for PUF funding, we engaged in a second joint two-day conference on the Arts of Citizenship in African Cities held at Columbia in May 2011. Essays from this conference are now available from Palgrave in English and from Karthala in French. These are two distinct edited volumes by Rosalind Fredericks and Mamadou Diouf. 

Prior to obtaining this grant, the two institutions had already endorsed the Dual Certificate agreement, and had completed one year (2010-2011) of the pilot phase for the undergraduate students exchange program. With the support of the Partner University Fund, we have been able to enhance mobility fellowship programs for undergraduate and PhD students and Postdoctoral scholars as well as faculty.

A program "The African Humanities Project (AHP)" has begin under the Partnership University Fund in Fall 2016. It seeks to build a Dual MA program in African Studies with Sceinces Po. This unique program will expose students to French and American traditions in African Studies and will prepare students for serious work in African Studies. Students who complete the degree will be eligible to apply to complete a PhD at Sciences Po. 


Associated Faculty, Columbia University

Jinny Prais (Assoicate Director, Insitute of African Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs)

Mamadou Diouf (Director, Institute of African Studies; Leitner Family Professor of African Studies)

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Professor of French and Philosophy; Chair, Department of French and Romance Philology)

Brian Larkin (Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College)

Gregory Mann (Professor of History)

Severine Autesserre (Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College)

Abosede George (Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Barnard College)

Emmanuelle Saada (Director, Center for French and Francophone Studies; Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology)

Associated Faculty, Sciences Po

Sandrine Perrot (Research Fellow)

Richard Banegas (Professor of Political Science)

Laurent Fourchard (Director of Research, Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques)

Thomas Fouquet (Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Beatrice Hibou (Director of Research, Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)


External Affiliated Faculty

Etienne Smith (Chaire d'études africaines comparées, l'Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique)

Francoise Blum (Centre de l'histoire sociale de XXéme siécle, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Ophélie Rillon (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique)

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This program is composed of the following modes of cooperation:

Visiting fellowships in Paris and visiting professorships at Columbia deepen the exchange of ideas.
Seminars taking place at both Columbia and Paris are a tool for disseminating knowledge and strengthening joint research.
“The Arts of Citizenship in Africa” is a JASP research initiative that seeks to shed new lights on the citizenship practices at the grassroots level in Africa.