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About Afrisem

The Africa Seminar (AfriSem) provides an interdisciplinary and area-defined setting for graduate students studying Africa to develop, present, and draw advice on papers and research proposals.

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 regularly attend Afrisem are eligible 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 2020-21 Academic Year is Zekeria Salem (political science). Afrisem Leaders and Student Coordinators are Austin Bryan (anthropology) and Sasha Artamonova (art history).

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

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