The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PAHC), directed by Prof. Simon Gikandi, was established in 2013 to accomplish five goals:

  • To provide a forum to promote research and teaching in the humanities (broadly defined) at Princeton University and to incorporate the study of Africa in existing and future research projects.

  • To organize an annual colloquium on a major topic in African studies. The colloquium will bring together scholars working on African humanities from Africa, North America, and other regions of the world.

  • To provide small grants to people organizing conferences and events pertaining to the humanities in Africa.

  • To provide a yearly lecture by a distinguished scholar of African studies.

  • To provide a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in African humanities.

  • To assist African humanities projects, which currently include Prof. Gikandi’s African Memory project and Conversations with African Writers project, and Prof. Belcher’s Princeton Ethiopian Miracles of Mary project and Early African Literature project.

The PAHC is generously supported by the Princeton University Provost’s Office, the Department of African American Studies (AAS), the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), and the Princeton University Department of English.



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