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African Centre for the Study of the United States

The African Centre for the Study of the US (ACSUS) was launched in March 2018. Since its launch ACSUS has rapidly grown to become the definitive hub for Africa-generated knowledge and nuanced understandings of the US as a nation and society.

ACSUS is the first Centre of its kind on the African continent, created to turn a nuanced and analytical African gaze on the US. In its short lifespan, the Centre is beginning to redress the imbalance in the knowledge flow between the US and Africa. We are building extensive, multi and interdisciplinary, incisive and cutting-edge perspectives on America as a society, nation and global power.  

A number of academic research projects have been published with more in the pipeline. Over 20 public engagement events via forums, colloquia, talks, seminars and conferences have been held. Academic and scholarly exchanges and partnerships with African and American universities partners have been initiated. Research work currently in progress includes: youth engagement; cities as international actors; trade relations; new and old diaspora; literature, media and culture; digital diplomacy and Africa-US-China relations.  

Delegates follow proceedings at a special launch seminar of ACSUS in March 2018

Delegates follow proceedings at a special launch seminar of ACSUS in March 2018.

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With grateful thanks to our funders

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