African Studies

Wesleyan University’s African Studies Cluster is devoted to facilitating a deeper understanding and engagement with Africa for the Wesleyan Community and beyond. We bring together a diverse array of courses focusing on Africa, culling the interests of faculty specializing in Africa from a wide variety of disciplines. This broadly interdisciplinary cluster focuses on a large geographic region that is of great historical, cultural, political, and artistic importance and interest to American university students, not to mention American society in general. The cluster promotes interdisciplinary learning in the best of liberal arts traditions.


Fall 2022 Events

Sept. 26th 

Exhibtion talk with Emmanuel Iduma for the Fron/Terra Cognita exhibit at the CFA (co-sponsored with Anthropology)


Oct. 1st

Amba Yo! Welcome Back Workshop with Profs. Iddi Saaka and John Dankwa (@3pm in the Labrynth Tent)


Oct. 12th

Paul Berliner (Duke U.) "Reflections on Immersive Study and Collaborative Research with Zimbabwean Mbira Musicians, 1969-2022" (co-sponsored with Music) 

Nov. 16

Jennifer Kyker (U. of Rochester) "Seeking Bad Debt: Ethnography, Mutuality, and Hunhu/Ubuntu" (co-sponsored with Music)


Nov. 17

Transgender Day of Remembrance with Victor Mukasa (Sexual Minorities Uganda) (Organized by the Resource Center and the Office for Equity and Inclusion)


Nov. 17

Rafiki Film Screening @ 7pm in the Woodhead Lounge



Dec. 1

Decolonizing African Women's Archives: Projet Archives des Femmes du Mali with Oumou Sidibe founder of Projet Archives des Femmes du Mali, Madina Thiam (NYU), and Wes alum Devon Golaszewski (UCLA)

4:30pm in FISK208

Dec. 4

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

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West African Drumming and Dance Concert






From Our Blog

ASA Indaba 2018

The ASA organized the annual Indaba with a range of interesting events and speakers before the annual Ariya Cultural Show.

African Studies Minor Info Session

African Studies Minor Info SessionPlease join faculty and students at noon at Ubuntu House (34 Lawn) for a discussion of the African Studies Minor at Wesleyan. Food will be served.
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Student Profiles

Maxine Gibb '19
I am a senior ('19) from Cape Town, South Africa majoring in the College of Social Studies with an African Studies Minor. I am the current president of Wesleyan's African Students' Association and am writing my senior thesis on female youth activism in anti-Apartheid South Africa. 

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Keith Mundangepfupfu '19
My name is Keith Mundangepfupfu and I am a senior from Zimbabwe, a CSS major and an African Studies Minor. I am currently the House Manager for Ubuntu House, the African student house on campus. I am also writing a thesis on the experience of queer male Zimbabwean immigrants in South Africa. 

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Kyllian Pather '20
I'm Kyllian Pather, proudly from South Africa. I’m a CSS major and African Studies Minor. I also designed a University Major in Race Studies in Africa and the Diaspora. I’ve been a member of the African Students’ Association from my first day and it is my home away from home. Our new Ubuntu House is a celebration of our African heritage and a space to share our culture with the university.

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Ferdinand Quayson ’20

I am a Junior from Accra, Ghana-West Africa. I am a Government Major concentrating in International Politics. A board member for the Wesleyan African Student Association, I also serve on the Advisory Board for the Patricelli Center at Wesleyan. Outside Wesleyan, I am the President and Founder of Young Achievers Foundation Ghana, an initiative working to promote access to higher education for low-income students in Northern Ghana. 

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Iris Ridley '20
I am a junior from Northumberland in England. I am double majoring in Dance and Anthropology with an African Studies Minor.