The Stanford Forum for African Studies (SFAS) is a graduate student organization dedicated to promoting positive intellectual discourse on Africa. Membership is composed of graduate students from departments and professional schools across the university; undergraduates are also encouraged to participate. SFAS complements the activities of the Center for African Studies by creating new spaces for students to present research or projects and receive constructive feedback from their peers.

Workshops: SFAS holds regular workshops providing students with the opportunity to discuss and present their work.  The workshops create an informal space for students to present on a wide range of topics relating to Africa, whether a student is nearing the final stages of writing or seeking feedback on preliminary research ideas.  We encourage submissions from all disciplines and from research projects at all stages of development.  Evening workshops are held every two weeks throughout the school year.  Send an email to stanfordfas@gmail.com if you are interested in presenting at an upcoming workshop.

Reading Groups:  In 2010, SFAS launched a thematic reading group series.  Reading groups offer students with a related set of interests a chance to read and discuss a short list of core texts.  Recent reading group themes have included state formations in Africa (Winter 2010) and urban Africa (Spring 2010).

Conference: SFAS organizes an annual conference on African Studies which brings together students, scholars, practitioners, and activists for two days of presentations and dialogue around a timely and compelling theme.

Support: SFAS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. 


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