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 twenty countries in 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 expanded monograph form or as edited collections, can be purchased. A list of available titles will be sent upon request. The second GRAF-sponsored interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Africa, France and the US” was held on the campus of the University of Bordeaux in May 1997.

Under an agreement signed in October 1994 between the African Studies Center and the Centre d’Etude d’Afrique Noire (CEAN) attached to the Institut d’Etudes Politiques at the Université de Bordeaux I, reciprocal access, registration and facilities are offered to graduate students of the two institutions. Graduate students whose research aims are directed at “Francophone” Africa, or require familiarization with French-language scholarship on Africa are especially encouraged to take advantage of this linkage agreement with France’s oldest center for the study of sub-Saharan Africa. Under certain conditions, undegraduates engaged in distinction work may also be able to apply for this exchange program.


GRAF issues a quarterly bilingual newsletter (Bulletin / GRAF / Newsletter ), listing its own and its members’ activities and publications, as well as those of other organizations whose scope of interests is related to its own. Annual subscribtions are US$ 10.00.

A directory of GRAF members (latest edition: April 1999) is available at the price of US$2.50 (including postage)

For Further Information, Call or Write to: Edouard Bustin, Director, GRAF
c/o African Studies Center, 270 Bay State Road, Boston MA 02215
Tel.: (617)353-7307 – Fax: (617)353-4975 – e-mail : ebustin@bu.edu