Africa Seminar

The Africa Seminar (AfriSem) provides an interdisciplinary and area-defined setting for graduate students studying Africa. AfriSem is a forum for works-in-progress by graduate students, Northwestern faculty and visitors. AfriSem provides opportunities to develop, present, and draw advice on papers and research proposals and invites guest speakers to address special topics.

It is open to graduate students (and advanced undergraduates by permission) from any discipline, department, or school of Northwestern, at whatever stage of completion of their graduate program. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in AfriSem throughout their graduate years.

AfriSem meets every other week in the evenings and is student-driven.  Faculty facilitators for the 2013-2014 Academic Year is Professor Will Reno (Political Science) and Rachel Riedl (Politcal Science). 

If you have questions or would like to join Afrisem, please email

Find the Afrisem meeting times on our calendar of events.