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


Upcoming SFU Events

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 International is pleased to announce a public lecture by the Vice-President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, taking place at Harbour Centre on Monday July 22, 2019, from 5:30 - 6:30pm.

Simon Fraser University is delighted to welcome Dr. Bawumia back to our campus, where he completed his PhD in Economics in 1995.

Dr. Bawumia holds a First Class Honours Degree in Economics from Buckingham University and a Master's in Economics from Lincoln College, Oxford University.

In addition to leading Ghana’s Economic Management Team, Dr. Bawumia is a sought-after speaker on the Ghanaian economy. He was also the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2006 to 2008.Join us as Dr. Bawumia discusses inclusive economic development, digitization of the economy and Ghana as the economic hub of the new West African free trade zone.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Please register on eventbrite

African Descent Music Conference 2019

The African Descent Society Music Conference seeks to highlight the growing potential of African music in BC and the diaspora. The keynote speaker will be Juno Award nominee and multi-award-winning artist will be joined by an equally impressive panel.

Register on Eventbrite

The African Descent Festival is intended to celebrate the cultural diversity of people of African Descent within Vancouver, while recognizing and promoting attitudes of oneness among all ethnic groups and communities. The event focuses on activating public spaces and bringing a diverse range of programming to connect stakeholders working avidly for the long term sustainability of this population.

This cultural event will allow Canadians, specifically Vancouverites to enjoy and learn about different cultures and countries from Africa, some of which have strong embedded grassroot initiatives and history within the city. 

This event is free and all are welcome !

Please visit African Descent website for more info


'Who Am I'  :

Is a documentary created by Adhel Arop, after receiving the coveted Telus Story Hive grant in 2018. Who Am I? tells the story of Canadian Model Adhel Arop's quest for an identity as she reconciles with her mothers past as a child soldier in South Sudan. We see how war, displacement and trauma have affected both womens lives and their relationship with eachother.

Adhel makes her first solo debut where she will be performing her new collection of poetry.Proceeds from the silent auction and ticket sales will be donated to the Obakki Foundation.

Regiter on Eventbrite

Wednesday. July 10th 6:30- 9:30pm

WERKLAB 1275 Venables St #290


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

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.