KASC Symposium

Flyer for all three events

The Kansas African Studies Center and Department of African and African-American Studies—with generous support from the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Departments of Psychology; WGSS; and French, Francophone, and Italian Studies—is excited to announce the visit of prominent African scholars to the KU campus.

Ismahan Soukeyna Diop is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. She was the 2023 winner of the American Psychological Association PsychSolutions Competition—a $10,000 award for innovative, science-based initiatives aiming to address the burden of suffering caused by mental health challenges around the world—for her work on the development of Tales and African Mythology Psychotherapy (TAMPSY). Her recent books include African Mythology, Femininity and Maternity (2020) and Adornment, Masquerade, and African Femininity (2023).


Kopano Ratele is Professor of Psychology and head of the African Centre for Critical and Creative Thought at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He teaches and conducts research on African psychology and decolonial/critical social psychology. His work was recently featured in an article for a special issue of American Psychologist celebrating “foundational contributions of Black scholars in psychology.  His recent books include Why Men Hurt Women & Other Reflections on Love, Violence and Masculinity (2022) and The World Looks Like This From Here: Thoughts on African Psychology (2019). 


The visitors will share their work in the following events:


Tuesday, November 28, 3:30-5:00 pm in Jayhawk Room, KS Union


Passcode: 2023

Colloquium Presentation: Can psychotherapy be based on indigenous knowledge?

Ismahan Soukeyna Diop, Université Cheikh Anta Diop; Dakar, Senegal


Wednesday, November 29, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Jayhawk Room, KS Union


Passcode: 2023

Symposium:Decolonial African Feminist Psychologies: Implications for Constructions of Gender, Sexuality and Love

  • MuñRavage, Womanhood and Femininity : A Decolonial Feminist Lecture of « Patience »

Ismahan Soukeyna Diop

  • If the Ancestors Were Queer

Kopano Ratele


Thursday, December 7, 4:00-5:30 pm in The Forum, Marvin Hall


Passcode: 2023

Colloquium Presentation: Orientations: How to Situate Africa at the Centre of World Psychology

Kopano Ratele, Stellenbosch, South Africa