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African Studies Center

Recent News

Jatin Dua receives the 2020 Elliott P. Skinner Book Prize

ASC Associate Jatin Dua received the award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology for his book “Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean.”

U-M Students Produce Short Film in Swahili: “Maisha ya Mama Esperance”

With support from ASC, U-M students direct and produce a short film, “Life of Mama Esperance.” The film documents the fascinating life, history, and courage of Esperance, a Swahili speaker who recently moved from the DRC to Michigan.

The African Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Michigan

ASC provides strategic guidance and coordination for Africa-related education, research, and training activities on campus, and promotes opportunities for collaboration with African partners on the continent.

Founded in 2008, the center serves as a conduit for the university’s many Africa initiatives in the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, and medicine.

The center is organized around five primary research initiatives— African Heritage and Humanities (AHHI)African Social Research (ASRI)Ethiopia-Michigan Collaborative Consortium (EMC2)Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM-Africa)U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program—that have been funded separately by the Office of the President and different stakeholders on campus.

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