The Center's History
The Center originated from initiatives in the Department of African & African-American Studies in the 1980's. Founded in 1992, the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) has served as the premier resource for African Studies in the Mid-America region for more than two decades.
The Center is a current National Resource Center in African Studies with Title Vi funding for the period of 2018-2022. KASC has also held NRC titles during previous two three-year cycles (1994-1997, 2000-2003) and two four-year cycles (2006-2010 and 2010-2014). KASC also awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, with the U.S. Department of Education most recently funding African Studies and language training in Amharic, Arabic, KiSwahili, Hausa, Somali and Wolof from 2014-18. It will continue to offer these languages in the current cycle.
KU's Africanists have received numerous other grants from the Fulbright program, Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie, Wenner-Gren and Ford Foundations; American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Center for Atmospheric Research, American Philosophical Society, National Science Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, School for Advanced Research, and Humanities Kansas .
Center faculty have also received grants from the Department of State, including University Affiliation Programs with Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Senegal, the University of Zambia in Lusaka, and University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, among others.