Two AADS Faculty Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship for Summer 2017

Albert Wuaku (associate professor of religious studies, affiliated with AADS) and Jean Muteba Rahier (professor of anthropology and African & African diaspora studies) were awarded a "cohort and multi-institutional" Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (CADFP) (see here). They will be leading a 4-week long seminar at the University of Ghana, Legon, and then at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana this summer 2017. This fellowship is aimed at developing cooperation/collaboration between US- and Canada-based African born scholars and Sub-Saharan African universities for the development of graduate studies, curriculum, and research, along with graduate student mentoring mostly for the benefit of the African institutions. The seminar, which will run for a grand total of 8 weeks, is entitled "Theorizing the African Diaspora in the 21st Century within an Increasingly Transnational Field of Inquiry / Contemporary Trends in Research on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora". We hope that long-lasting relations with these two institutions will ensue, strengthening the linkages that Albert Wuaku has already established between the University of Ghana and FIU's Dept. of Religious Studies. This will add to the connections AADS and others at FIU have already ongoing with other universities in West, Central, and East Africa.