Groupe de Recherches sur l’Afrique Francophone (GRAF)

The Francophone Africa Research Group/Groupe de Recherches sur l’Afrique Francophone (GRAF) is a consortium of scholars whose past, current, or projected research and interests deal either with “francophone” Africa, or with Franco-African relations.

Founded in 1993 by political science professor Edouard Bustin, GRAF is based at the African Studies Center of Boston University, but its membership includes some 250 scholars based in more than twenty countries of Africa, Europe, and North America. GRAF acts as an interdisciplinary forum or clearinghouse to keep members informed of their respective research interests or projects; to explore research needs and funding opportunities for specific individual or cooperative projects; to develop bilateral linkages with African and European scholars and institutions; and to facilitate regular meetings of African, European, and North American scholars.

An interdisciplinary conference organized by GRAF under the title “Brazzaville + 50” was held in Boston in October 1994. Copies of the papers (in English or French) presented at that conference, as well as of those published by GRAF or by the African Studies Center in the form of expanded monographs or of edited collections can be purchased. A list of available titles and an order form will be sent upon request.

The second GRAF-sponsored interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Africa, France and the U.S.” was held in Bordeaux in May 1997. A list of the papers presented at that conference (including directions for ordering them) is also available.