African Studies Center Hosts Graduate Student Conference


The African Studies Center, an affiliated center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, hosted its 25th annual graduate student conference in African Studies on April 7-8, 2017.

The conference kicked off on April 7 at 121 Bay State Road with an afternoon of panels followed by the keynote address by Alex De Waal, Research Professor and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University. De Waal’s address was entitled “Into the Zone of Abandonment: Citizenship in South Sudan.”

Following De Waal’s address, the conference picked back up on April 8 at the African Studies Center for another afternoon of panels, as well as a mentoring lunch. The conference was followed by a reception.

Founded in 1953, the Boston University African Studies Center has provided a strong foundation in African studies to generations of university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and numerous others.