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Welcome! Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Karibu! Akwaaba! Ẹ ku abọ!
Learn the African languages Arabic, Swahili, Twi, and Yoruba in the
Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures

CAS promotes the teaching of Africa through curricular and faculty development. It informs a broader public through a vigorous outreach program of community projects and educators' workshops for K-12 teachers and coordinates a large offering of Africa-related courses throughout the university system. Building on the Rutgers commitment to international education, CAS also supports faculty research in Africa and builds linkages with Africa-based scholars, institutions of higher-learning and non-governmental organizations.
CAS members serve as consultants to public officials, businesses, schools and ngo's.

 Please register for the Global Timbuktu Teachers Workshop by June 17, 2016, space is limited!

The Center for African Studies

Proudly Presents a Teachers Workshop on Global Timbuktu:

Meanings and Narratives of Resistance in Africa and the Americas

Click here for the event flyer.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Van Dyck Hall, Room 301, 16 Seminary Road, College Avenue Campus

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Please join us for the 11th Annual African Studies Association Presidential Lecture on April 28!

We are proud to present the

11th Annual African Studies Association Presidential Lecture

“Gender Justice, Human Rights and the Problem of Culture”

presented by our very own


Dorothy Hodgson

Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Anthropology
as well as a co-founder of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers

Thursday, April 28, 2016

4:30 PM

Teleconference Room (Fourth Floor)

Alexander Library

College Avenue Campus




This talk explores how what is often referred to as the “problem of culture” in contemporary debates about human rights shapes the expression and experience of gender justice by “grassroots” women in Africa. Culture is frequently characterized by Western feminists, elite Africans and others as a key source of the oppression of rural, uneducated women like Maasai because of the continued existence of such “traditional harmful practices” as FGM, polygyny and arranged marriage. Not only are such characterizations ahistorical and uninformed, but they overlook how certain cultural practices and meanings have instead historically served as a source of power and authority for women. These representations of grassroots women also shape interventions into their lives by national and international women’s organizations in the name of women’s human rights that obscure and marginalize their own priorities and agendas. Drawing on examples from her long term historical and ethnographic research with Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania, Dorothy Hodgson argues that 1) the problem of culture is really a problem of power; 2) a historical perspective is essential to understanding contemporary gender dynamics; and 3) for the importance of a more expansive understanding of gender justice that recognizes alternatives approaches to framing and seeking justice by, for and on behalf of women and men.

Lecture by Annette Joseph-Gabriel (French and Africana Studies, University of Arizona) March 3

CAS; the Center for Race and Ethnicity; the Department of French; the Department of Women's and Gender Studies; the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies; and the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies

Proudly Present a Lecture by
Annette Joseph-Gabriel (French, and faculty affiliate Africana Studies, University of Arizona) entitled,

"Beyond the Great Camouflage: Suzanne Césaire, Haiti and the Poetics of Caribbean Identity."

Thursday, March 3, 4pm
Ruth Adams Building Room 109A
Douglass Campus

Special thanks to Carole Allamand for holding this talk in her French graduate course 16:420:670:20 “Studies in 20th Century French Literature: Autobiography and Fiction.”

CAS Book Celebration on February 22

CAS proudly presents a Book Celebration
for our fabulous CAS faculty who have recently published books:

Ousseina Alidou
Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literat

Sarah Brett-Smith
Department of Art History

Carolyn Brown
Department of History

Dorothy Hodgson
Department of Anthropology

Renée Larrier
Department of French

Stéphane Robolin
Department of English

Walter Rucker
Department of History

Meredeth Turshen
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Copies of their books will be available for sale, and a reception is included.

Monday, February 22, 5pm-6:30pm
Douglass Lounge, 2nd Floor
Douglass Student Center
Douglass Campus

History presents a talk by Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University) February 4


The Department of History presents a talk by
Andrew Zimmerman
(History, George Washington University; Author of Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South (Princeton University Press, 2010)) entitled,
"Time for Conjure, Time for Communism: Revolution in Civil War Missouri."

Thursday, February 4, 4:30pm
Van Dyck Hall Room 301
College Avenue Campus

“Time for Conjure” focuses on a conjuror, "Guinea" Sam Nightingale, said to have been shot by cannon directly from Africa to Boonville, Missouri sometime in the 1850s. In Missouri, his life intersected with revolutionary German émigrés in ways that transformed the struggle against slavery in the United States, as well as international communism. Through Nightingale’s life and work, we can learn about the important role played in the American Civil War by two international revolutionary movements: the conjuring power of African American root doctors and the communism of German political exiles. Both conjure and communism, moreover, put forward a model of revolutionary change that differs sharply from the narratives of gradual national progress characteristic of liberalism.

Congratulations to Dr. Kaia Niambi Shivers!
Kaia Niambi Shivers has successfully defended her disseration in the School of Communication and Information's Journalism and Media Studies Department. Her disseration is entitled, "Interrogating Diasporic Identity and Media: Distribution Flows, Reception Practices, and Video Film Interpretations of Nollywood Audiences in Newark, New Jersey."
The Inaugural Launch of the Rutgers Senegal Service Learning Program was a success!
"Youth Artists and Community Development"
July 14-28, 2015
Pictured at the Goethe-Institut in Dakar, from left to right:
Rutgers Senegal Service Learning students Jonae Potter-Gill, Srutika Sabu, Chioma Nwankwo, and Chante Dyson; Serigne Maguette Ball (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Paige Botjer (Rutgers Senegal Service Learning student), Victor Emmanuel Gningue (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Renée DeLancey (Rutgers Program Assistant), Gacirah Diagne (Présidente, Association Kaay Fecc), and Ousseina Alidou (Director, Rutgers Senegal Service Learning)
The aim of this program is to expose students to the ways in which African youth are using music, dance, documentary film, graffiti, fashion, and more not only for entertainment purposes but to address social justice and human rights issues while also creating employment opportunities. Artistic activism is creatively and peacefully used to engage African youth to participate in dialogues for advocacy movements aimed at transformative social change. The course focuses on youth in Senegal and explores the ways in which they contribute to civic education and peace-building initiatives.
The fieldwork will give participants an opportunity to experience youth creative energy and its use for community development through visits to different artist and artisan community sites.
Announcements from Abena P. A. Busia:
Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the U.S.A.;
and The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship
Dear CAS Family,

The moment arrived, and we are excited to share the evidence with you! Attached the photograph of Professor Alidou, the newly credentialed Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the United States of America, with President Barack Obama. No, don't panic! We haven't yet lost our intrepid colleague. You will see from the second photograph that the new ambassador is Professor Hassana Alidou, formerly of UNESCO, seen in the second photograph with her family including her identical twin sister our Professor Ousseina Alidou, as well as her newly arrived grandson, Marcel Ousmane Kenechi Egbuonye, in the arms of his father, Chisom Egbuonye, standing beside his wife, Hassana's daughter, Nafissatou Egbuonye. Hassana's son, Halirou Abdoulaye Cisse, is pictured at far left.

The Center for African Studies sincerely congratulates Hassana and her family on this extraordinary accomplishment!


Dear CAS Community,

We are delighted to announce that we have received news that our bid for The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship has been successful. This means that Rutgers Center for African Studies amongst the very first cohort of organizations to be given this new very competitive fellowship, under the auspices of The Institute For International Education.
This Fellowship, announced last year at the African Studies Association, is directed at creating synergy between Africa born Diasporic scholars in the United States, and continental African Universities, for collaborative research, training, and co-curricular development and other capacity building projects. It can be used to cover the cost of scholar exchanges and intensive short term workshops amongst other projects. Our particular grant will support Dr. Ousseina Alidou, Director of The Center for African Studies and Dr. Abena Busia, Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, in going to West Africa to hold workshops related to the work of the partnership between CAS and UNESCO in our ongoing initiative in co-developing a curriculum in gender and transformative leadership for Africa. CAS and UNESCO are working in partnership with African
universities Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, the University of Ghana, Legon, Tubman University in Liberia and the University of the Gambia along with NGOs in those countries to create what, when completed, will be a collectively owned flexible open source curriculum for a wide range of communities.
Dr. Abena P. A. Busia
Chair, Department of Women's & Gender Studies
Director and Executive Board Member, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

A continually updated list of new books on Africa in the Rutgers libraries can be viewed on the
African Studies Research Guide.

Meredeth Turshen, Author
Routledge, February 2016

Renée Larrier and Ousseina Alidou, Editors
Lexington Books, September 2015

Stéphane Robolin, Author
University of Illinois Press, September 2015


Carolyn Brown, Co-editor
Cambridge University Press, April 2015


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