News and Events
Prof. Erin Winkler and graduate students Charmane Perry and Jessica Mirkes present at the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Borders, Boundaries, and Peace conference March 1.
The Department of Africology is pleased to cosponsor the 8th annual African American Film Series.
Dr. Jeffrey Sommers was a panelist on WMTV/UWM "International Focus-World Affairs Roundup" on February 3rd. He spoke on the political economy of several global crises, including in Egypt.
The Department of Africology is pleased to co-sponsor A Taste of Africa, February 4th, 11:30-1:30 in the Union Concourse.
The Department of Africology is pleased to co-sponsor "African American Alumni and Students: Stories of Education and Success" February 7th, 2013 at 7 pm, in the UWM Libraries 4th floor Conference Center.
Please join the Department of Africology at the Community Brainstorming Conference on January 26, 2013 for our exploration of the topic "The Two Black Americas: Assessing the Way Forward"
Dr. Jeffrey Sommers appeared live on RT discussing Barack Obama’s election and presidency.
Dr. Bellegarde-Smith gave a lecture on Haitian Vodou at California State University, San Marcos in October.
Dr. Anika Wilson is a 21st Century Studies Fellow for 2012-2013. Her project is entitled, 'Gender Conflict and Law in Democratic Transitions: Courts, Narratives, and the Vernacularization of Human Rights in Malawi.'
Dr. Erin Winkler is a recipient of the 2012-2013 Graduate School Research Committee Award. Her project is entitled, 'Racism as a Threshold Topic.'
Doctoral Program in the Department of Africology
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Welcome to the Department of Africology!
The mission of the Department of Africology is inquiry into the cultures, societies, and political economies of peoples of African origin and descent. Africology as a discipline encompasses Africa and the African diaspora and researches societies across the globe. In research and teaching, the Department of Africology draws together knowledge of these communities and societies that spans generations and spatial divides in order to gain insights, to examine continuities and breaks, and to critique and generate theories.
Out of our mission comes a commitment to pedagogy and the development of critical thinking and new scholarship. Through our undergraduate courses, the major and the minor, we educate students in the best traditions of liberal arts within our disciplinary framework.
The department's faculty command a range of expertise in areas of political economy, international studies, English, political inquiry, psychological and sociological inquiry, history, and folklore. Faculty members are engaged in innovative research, producing knowledge in many realms: comparative studies of women, black societies in the Americas and Africa, African and African-derived religions, folklore, family and marriage practices, economic and financial issues in underdeveloped areas, racial socialization, literary history and oral traditions, and class, ethnicity and nationalism.