UNC Charlotte’s Africana Studies Department is at the forefront of the discipline, cultivating collaborative opportunities across campus. And, it is earning accolades for its efforts – most recently, the National Council for Black Studies bestowed its Sankore Institutional Award upon the department. Named for the 14th-century university in Timbuktu (present-day Mali), the Sankore Institutional Award […]
The Department of Africana Studies was recognized by UNC Charlotte’s Office of Assessment and Accreditation on April 10th for its “effective use of assessment results for improvement in Students’ Learning Experience”.
Dr. Tanure Ojaide, Frank Porter Graham Professor, has released a new memoir that focuses on his recent itineraries in the Global South and North America. In At Home, Away from Home: A Memoir (Cissus World Press, Milwaukee, 2017), Ojaide provides reflections on the plight of the former African colonial subject and now postcolonial citizen caught […]
Africana Studies faculty, Dr. Honoré Missihoun, has received the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (CADFP) to conduct collaborative research and graduate student teaching/mentoring at the University of Jos, Nigeria. His project will focus on the areas of Eco-Feminism and Eco-Criticism in the Environmental Literature of Francophone Africa and the African Diaspora. Dr. Missihoun’s award marks the […]
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that a great 49er, Mr. Thomas “Malik” Tillman, died on March 28 following a massive stroke. Malik, as popularly called by friends and colleagues, earned his B.A. in Africana Studies (Magna Cum Laude, with a Concentration in Health and Environment) in December 2015. He […]
UNC Charlotte alumna Brenda Tindal, who is Levine Museum of the New South staff historian, sees history as a way to build community, while deepening our understanding of the past’s persistent influence. “Levine Museum of the New South is a significant site of courageous inquiry and a place where there is never a poverty of […]
Surrounded by the sprawl of a modern city, the dense forest grove of Osun-Osogbo in southwestern Nigeria has long stood as a silent sentry guarding the mysteries of the ancient past. Those secrets are now revealed by UNC Charlotte researcher Akin Ogundiran, whose work has upended long-held views of how west Africa became a global […]
Contemporary African American Families: Achievements, Challenges, and Empowerment Strategies in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge Research in Race and Ethnicity series), Routledge 2016. Edited by Dorothy Smith-Ruiz (with Sherri Lawson Clark and Marcia J. Watson) The book explores the multidimensionality of the black families in the United States, thereby challenging the decades-old perception of the African […]
Department of Africana Studies 2016 Newsletter
Early-Entry Graduate Degree Program AFRICANA STUDIES GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM The Department of Africana Studies is now accepting application from rising juniors and seniors into the Africana Studies Graduate Certificate. The goal is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to begin working towards a graduate degree before completing a baccalaureate degree. The Early-Entry admission into […]
Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2014), coedited by Dr. Akin Ogundiran of the Africana Studies Department, is one of the six Indiana University Press books named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015. In its January issue, Choice magazine published “a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the […]
By: Kamakshi Kamath, graduate student intern, CLAS Wednesday, February 24, 2016 For his commitment to democratic ideals, humanistic values and literary excellence in Africa, Tanure Ojaide, UNC Charlotte’s Frank Graham Porter Professor of Africana Studies, has won the Fonlon-Nichols Award. Ojaide will receive the prestigious honor at the 42nd annual African Literature Association (ALA) conference […]
Bring your lunch and join us for lunch time discussions on various topics, works in progress, and current events. 2017-18 schedule to come.
Dr. Ogundiran named a Fellow at National Humanities Center and received Carnegie Fellowship for a collaborative sustainability project
Dr. Oscar de la Torre received a Gilder-Lehrman Center’s fellowship at Yale University.
Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic Edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran and Paula Saunders Focusing on everyday rituals, the essays in this volume look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African–descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms. The contributors trace the impact […]
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AFRICANA STUDIES GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM The Department of Africana Studies is now accepting application from rising juniors and seniors into the Africana Studies Graduate Certificate. The goal is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to begin working towards a graduate degree before completing a baccalaureate degree. The Early-Entry admission into AFRS graduate certificate is […]