There is a range of research that African Studies faculty do as well as research by graduate students in diverse units.

IAS’s Nduka Otiono is a co-editor of a special call for submissions for poetry in honour of our late Director, Professor Pius Adesanmi: Wreaths for a Wayfarer: A Poetry Anthology in Honour of Pius Adesanmi (1972-2019).

The Institute of African Studies publishes its own on-line academic journal, Nokoko.

Our graduate students conduct research on a wide range of topics related to Africa. See a list of present and past graduate student research topics.

In 2010, Carleton hosted a major workshop on Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa.

Institute of African Studies researchers are involved in several research projects with Canadian and African partners on artisanal and small-scale mining and gender in sub-Saharan Africa.

Current Faculty Research

Multiple Modernisms: Twentieth-Century Artistic Modernisms in Global Perspective   

Professor Ruth Phillips    

The project brings together 14 scholars from North America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Great Britain in a comparative study of modernist Indigenous arts created around the globe during the twentieth century. Emerging from colonial and neo-colonial contexts, these arts have been left out of the standard histories. The project has been structured around four international symposia designed to generate publications which explore and position these arts in large world art histories. These conferences have been held in Ottawa (2011), England (2012), and New Zealand (2014) and the last will take place in South Africa in June 2016. (See

Canadian network of humanitarian history/Réseau canadien sur l’histoire de l’humanitaire

Professor Dominique Marshall

A multidisciplinary group of — mainly — Canadian people, interested in the History of humanitarian aid, in academia, archives and NGOs.

The African Court Research Initiative (ACRI)

Professor M. Kamari Clark

Under the name, The African Court Research Initiative (ACRI), and with the collaborative support from the Pan African Lawyer’s Union, based in Arusha, Tanzania, the research project seeks to explore the limits and impact of international law as a mechanism for enhancing accountability and human rights during and after conflict as well as to contribute to the building of an expert network of scholars engaged in the analysis of the new Court, the African system, and related international justice mechanisms.