News and Events
Professor Patrick Bellgarde-Smith has been awarded the prestigious Medaille Jean Price-Mars, awarded for his scholarship on Haitian national cultural identity and on Haitian Vodou, instituted by the State University of Haiti. Read more
Esteemed professor Dr. Winston Van Horne, founder of the discipline of Africology, passed away on May 24, 2013. Memorial Service for Dr. Van Horne.
The inaugural issue of the newsletter The Africologist (pdf), dedicated to Dr. Van Horne, was launched on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013.
Dr. Jeffrey Sommers was on Russian Business Channel (RBC) for a prime-time live panel on September 30th discussing the economic and political dimensions of the conflict between President Obama and the Tea Party.
Two of this year's Ronald E. McNair Scholars are Africology majors! Congratulations to Kitonga Alexander and Rachel A. Johnson.
Doctoral student Anastacia Scott is interning with the Smithsonian Institute's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Read more
An interview with Professor Emeritus Patrick Bellegarde-Smith was featured on the website Kreyolicious.
Dr. George Barganier received a 2013-2014 RGI Award for his project entitled "Fanon's children: The Black Panther Party and the Rise of the Crips and Bloods"
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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.