The African Studies Workshop (ASW) is an interdisciplinary group made up of students and faculty researching the peoples of Africa and its diasporas, past and present. One of the workshop’s primary goals is to elucidate Africa’s dynamic relationship to a wider world and to chart the effects of these processes in various spheres of African life.

Though ASW is attended primarily by anthropologists, the workshop has active participants in the departments of Art History, English, Film Studies, History, Human Development, and Political Science. In addition to regular presentations by students, faculty, and invited guests, the workshop hosts biannual Red Lion Seminars jointly with Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at 5:30pm in Foster Hall, room 107.


Rachel George, PhD student in Anthropology, is ASW student coordinator for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you have questions about the workshop or need assistance in order to attend or access materials, please refer to the ASW Canvas site or email regeorge@uchicago.edu