Critical Research on Africa Series

About CRA

The Critical Research on Africa Series offers a space for faculty and students to share their research projects on Africa and engage in critical discourse that improve understanding of the issues faced by the various countries in the continent and finding practical solutions. The series led by affiliated faculty aims to strengthen scholarly intellectual capacity, build community, collegiality, and offer opportunities for learning about our interdisciplinary research, and sharing feedback. The research topics organized around the sustainable Africa theme include development, education, health, inequality, infrastructure, political systems, Science and Technology.  Faculty who wish to participate in the series are encouraged to contact African Studies for scheduling of individual presentations.

Annually, we host the Critical Research on Africa Conference as a culmination of the CRA Series that happen on a monthly basis throughout the year.  We encourage participation at the conference from faculty, students and community who focus their research and practice on Africa related topics.  Please check out information on our upcoming annual conference scheduled for May 13 - 14, 2021 which will held virtually.

Spring 2021 Critical Research on Africa Events


  • The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria  March 1 @4pm (watch recording)
  • ​Medical Legitimacy: Childbirth, Authenticity, and Pluralism in Nigeria’s Faith-Based (Aladura) Birthing Homes April 9 @12pm (watch recording)