Welcome

Choosing for African Languages and Cultures means choosing for something new, for the unknown. The language groups, cultures and historical facts studied in this programme are rarely dealt with in the study programmes in secondary education. Nevertheless, quite a lot of youngsters feel attracted by the African continent and by black Africa in particular.

CONCRETE JOBMOGELIJKHEDEN NA AFRIKANISTIEK /
CONCRETE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AFTER AFRICAN STUDIES           

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POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS
Our historical ties with Africa are definitely related to this fact. North-South relations, colonialism, and neo-colonialism are terms we often come across these days, and which arouse interest by many people.

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EXPECTATIONS
In addition, there are also a number of developments in Africa itself creating specific needs and expectations – for instance the end of apartheid, changes of power, revolutions and conflicts. Also very relevant are the aids-issue and the increasing importance of the diaspora, consisting of millions of African refugees, the expansion of immigration and the intercultural contacts. 
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NEW RELATIONS
All of these developments have drastically changed the geopolitical relations, both in Africa itself and with regard to the connections between Africa and the West. There is clearly a renewed need for relevant and applicable knowledge on Africa, which has to give meaning to the altered relations.
A scientific study of the African Languages and Cultures can provide the necessary expertise concerning this. 
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AFRICA TODAY

Africa is a continent in crisis and at the same time it is also the poorest continent on this planet. The images that reach us through the media often only deal with poverty, war, starvation, diseases and violence. However, this image of Africa is incomplete and stereotypical. Besides misery and poverty, Africa also offers optimism, beauty and creativity. Over the last couple of decades there have been a few political developments brightening up the image of the continent. Africa also possesses a great popular culture, plastic arts, dance and literature.

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AFRICA-STUDIES

The programme of African Languages and Cultures tries to offer the opposite of the black-and-white stereotypes we so often see and read about.
In fact, in a discipline like this it is crucial to construct a nuanced image of Africa. Students of African Studies first and foremost try to understand what is happening in African societies today, and what had happened in the past. They personally analyse the facts and the stories, in an attempt to gain insight into these societies.  

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African Languages and Cultures - Folder Bachelors 2011 [Dutch only]