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Africa Seminar


The Africa Seminar (AfriSem) provides an interdisciplinary and area-defined setting for graduate students studying Africa. AfriSem is a forum for works-in-progress by graduate students, Northwestern faculty, and visitors. It provides opportunities to develop, present, and draw advice on papers and research proposals and invites guest speakers to address special topics.

It is open to graduate students (and advanced undergraduates by permission) from any discipline, department, or school of Northwestern, at whatever stage of completion of their graduate program. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in AfriSem throughout their graduate years. Student who regualary attend Afrisem are elegible to receive course credit and research funding from the Program of African Studies.

AfriSem meets every other week in the evenings and is student-driven.  Faculty facilitator for the 2018-19 Academic Year is Zekeria Salem (political science).

If you have questions or would like to join AfriSem, please email


2019 Conference:


African Studies Now: Decolonizing the Field

For more information, visit the conference website.

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