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The Center for African Studies coordinates an interdisciplinary program in African Studies for undergraduate and graduate students, which seeks to enrich understanding of the interactions among the diverse factors that shape African societies.

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Producing Knowledge

Knowledge Production in Africa is a highly contested topic. Recent calls have been made – both within the academy and outside it – to “decolonize” the production and circulation of knowledge about Africa. This controversy has involved new attention to institutional power dynamics in both Africa and the US academy, as well as efforts to reconceptualize key epistemological categories in Afrocentric terms. This workshop invites scholars within the humanities, social sciences and the sciences to investigate and discuss these pressing contemporary concerns.