News and Events

The Department of Africology is pleased to co-sponsor the 2014 UWM Black Cultural Center’s annual African & African American Welcome Reception September 30 at 4:00pm.


The Department of Africology is pleased to be a Community Partner for the film Finding Fela at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.


Africology is excited to be involved in the events celebrating the conference of an honorary doctorate to Dr.Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Chair of African American Studies at Harvard.


The Department of Africology invites you to attend a panel discussion on African American Men, Prisons, Families, Community, Fatherhood and Change in Wisconsin on April 10, 2014, 7-9pm at UWM Fireside Lounge.


Associate Professor Joyce Kirk will be leading the Taste of Africa event at Holy Redeemer Middle School on April 9, 2014, which would introduce students to a variety of delicious dishes from the entire continent of Africa


The Department of Africology, in association with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, presents the 36th Annual Latin American Film Series, to be held April 4-10, 2014.


The Department of Africology is co-sponsoring a number of events in April as part of UWM's celebration of Global Health Day and welcomes your attendance for the events of April 9th, April 18th and April 23rd, 2014.


The Department of Africology is co-sponsoring the keynote speech by Prof. Bruce Western, Prof. of Sociology and Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard University, at the UWM Urban Studies Alumni Reunion Program on April 26th, 2014, 4pm at UWM Union Ballroom.


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.