The African Studies Working Group connects students, faculty, and other members of the SFU community through Africa-related research and events.


Upcoming SFU Events

Let's Celebrate the Resilience of Rwanda 

For the past 25 years, the Rwandan community in Metro Vancouver has been commemorating the slaughter of 1,000,000 innocent people who were killed because they were members of the ethnic Tutsi monority, or moderate Hutus who refused to buy into the ethnic cleansing ideology. On June 6, from 5:30 - 9:30 pm, we will come together, to hear stories of change and the work of Rwandan and Canadian change agents. We will meet to celebrate the remarkable work that Rwandans have done in reconstruction and reconciliation of post-genocide Rwanda. Also, join us in a fundraising action for RR25 Project Legacy. FREE

Please register on eventbrite

What is shifting for women working on climate change and in agriculture? What opportunities exist to foster international partnerships?

Join Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg and SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Thursday, June 6th, from 10:00am - 12:00pm for an intimate dialogue to discuss what women need to be effective in the space of climate change
and agriculture. Here, we will explore the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), One Planet Initiative and discuss what support women scientists working in Africa need. 

Thursday, June 6

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Room 420, 580 W. Hastings St

For more information, see: https://www.sfu.ca/dialogue/news-and-events/archives/2019/women--climate-change-and-agriculture--a-dialogue-with-dr--wanji.html

Afrocentrism Conference 2019: Decolonizing Academia (Vancouver, September 21-22)

"The Afrocentrism Conference is a 2 day event that seeks to challenge our understanding of western epistemologies and offer the opportunity to explore the often misunderstood and misinterpreted shared history of people with African ancestry."  Learn more at the conference website.

SFU African Studies News, Publications and Past Events

SFU African Studies Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, May 27th, 12-2pm

SFU Burnaby, Blusson Hall, Room 11002

This will be the second session of the SFU African studies monthly reading group. We will be reading Chapter 1: Off Commandement from Achille Mbembe's On the Post Colony.  All SFU sudents, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to join, please find the chapter at the SFU library website.

All participants are asked to read the chapter and bring any thoughts and questions with them to help advance our collective consideration of this reading.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jackie at: aswg@sfu.ca

SFU African Studies Reading & Discussion Group
Monday, April 29, 12-2pm
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2065

This will be the first session of the SFU African Studies reading group and we will meet monthly thereafter. The first work we will read and discuss on April 29 is Achille Mbembe's chapter 'Introduction: Time on the Move ' from his book On the Postcolony. Everyone is welcome to join this reading group, but please register or ask for more information from Jackie at: aswg@sfu.ca

Work-study position with ASWG for Summer 2019

The African Studies Working Group is looking to hire a student for a work study position for Summer 2019. The position is intended to support the work of the ASWG by - among other duties – helping to curate content on our website and by researching and compiling information about Africa-focused research at SFU and about potential opportunities (e.g. organizations, funding, initiatives) to develop research capacity among scholars from Africa and scholars engaging with Africa. Work-study eligible students who are interested can find details and apply at https://workstudy.its.sfu.ca/Search.aspx.

Our Website Just Launched!

The African Studies Working Group now has a place on the internet.  We launched March 25, 2019.

Report on the October 2018 Africa Research and Engagement Day

The one-day workshop provided the opportunity for SFU faculty and graduate students to connect with others working on Africa-related research. A total of 17 faculty members and graduate students from seven disciplines delivered short presentations about their research.  Get the Report.

African Students' Association Spotlight in The Peak

The Peak recently produced a video spotlight on the African Students' Association.  They interviewed students about ASA's purpose, goals, and hopes for the future of African Studies at SFU.  Watch at The Peak's website.