The African Studies Center offers many opportunities for students, faculty, and the Boston University community to engage in research by affiliated faculty and invited scholars from the New England region and beyond. The center sponsors a robust group of scholars, events, and research tools through its campus library system, its outreach services, and the many centers and associations connected to the center.
Boston University faculty and students are engaged in numerous research projects in Africa.
African Studies Library
The African Studies Library (ASL), founded in 1953 as the departmental library of the African Studies Center and now part of Mugar Memorial Library, supports Boston University’s undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research on Africa and also serves as a resource for the broader community—both national and international—interested in Africa. The collection is interdisciplinary, with major strengths in the social sciences and broad representation of the humanities and sciences. In its reading room and stack area on the sixth floor of Mugar Memorial Library, the staff of ASL provides reference and research service and access to current periodicals from and about Africa, African newspapers, maps, pamphlets, documents, and government publications. The circulating stacks on the 6th floor house books in African history (the classification DT). The rest of the estimated 200,000 volumes dealing with Africa are shelved within their subject classifications throughout Mugar Memorial Library and its branches.
Ajami Archives Library
The African Language Program at Boston University, under the leadership of Fallou Ngom, is developing an Ajami Library. Follow the link below to read about it and monitor these pages over the coming months as the Library comes online.
West African Research Association (WARA)
Based at BU, WARA works to enhance collaborative research and scholarly exchange between U.S. and West African scholars, educators, and institutions and to increase knowledge about and interest in Africa in the United States.
African Studies Center/CFLP Collaborative Initiative
Francophone African Research Group (GRAF)
The Group de Recherches sur l’Afrique Francophone (GRAF) is a network for scholars working on French-speaking Africa. Its activities include a periodic newsletter.