Welcome to the Center for African Studies

A hub that supports and enhances Africa-related teaching and research.

African Studies Graduate Seminar Series

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Africa-US Forum

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Akan Twi Dialogues

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Summer Institute for Educators

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Read the 2nd Issue of Bouctou Magazine!

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View Recordings of our events on our YouTube page!

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Call for Book Chapters: Africa’s Old and New Diasporas

The proposal deadline is April 15, 2024.


Prof Krista Johnson, Director, Center for African Studies, Howard University

Dr Bob Wekesa, Director, African Centre for the Study of the US, University of the Witwatersrand

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Summer Institute for Educators

Our Outreach team hosts a Summer Institute for highly motivated educators interested in reading, learning, and teaching about Africa. This year's institute theme is "Explore Illuminated Ge'ez Manuscripts from Ethiopia, Eritrea & Egypt" with focus on material for educators of Grades 6-12 across disciplines. No fee required.

Tuesday, July 23 - Friday, July 26, 2024 

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The 2024 CABA Winners have been announced!

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) created CABA in 1991 to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.

Find out who the 2024 Winners are!

Congratulations FLAS Fellows!


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Executive Education Program

The Executive Education Program of the Center for African Studies at Howard University is a niche program that is designed for working professionals engaged in African affairs. It aims to enable management teams, boards of directors, senior leaders, mid-career professionals, and emerging young leaders to realize their full potential when they lead projects that are located in Africa or involve the African diaspora. Like many executive programs, our target audience includes government agencies, international organizations, and global businesses. 

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Affiliated Faculty

A priority for our Center is to facilitate and nurture a community of HU scholars with interest in Africa. Affiliated Faculty at the Center for African Studies devote at least 25 - 100% of their research, teaching, and/or service to the study of Africa and represent a wide range of departments and colleges across campus.

We include all faculty with active or aspirational research and/or teaching interests in Africa as affiliated faculty, and look forward to promoting their work and scholarship on our website and throughout our networks. We invite faculty to share with us what they are doing so that we can publicize it to a wider audience.

Affiliate faculty are eligible for CfAS course and travel awards, research grants, funding for books, and more.

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Opportunities - fellowships, scholarships and more

Find information about fellowships, scholarships, other funding opportunities, jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and calls for abstracts, papers, and proposals.

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African Languages

Study SWAHILIYORUBA, or ZULU abroad!

Or study at Howard - Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba or Zulu.

HU has the largest number of students studying African languages in the United States! Check out the study abroad programs, courses at HU, and the annual HU African Language Summer Institute.

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