Partners / DAAS

 The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at University of Michigan has been a strong supporter for ZCCD, especially with the strong solid support from the Program Associate, Elizabeth James pictured on the far right. Not a stranger to Zimbabwe, she and her assistant, Arielle Chen, pictured standing in the center, hosted us for the “I wish you were here: postcards through the eyes of the Other,” exhibited at galleryDAAS.

The conversation begin with the “Jit Exchange” project in how to match an existing Knights Grant in bringing Zimbabwe Jit to Detroit as a full circle from 2015 ZCCD Research Resident Haleem Rasul having spent 6 weeks in Zimbabwe spreading Detroit Jit. Elizabeth James was able to connect with Ingrid Racine from the Center for World Performance Studies at University of Michigan.

Established in 1970, the now-Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) is an interdisciplinary program of research, instruction, and community outreach. Its intellectual focus and mission is to reflect on and participate in determining emerging directions in the study and representation of the diverse cultures, experiences and societies of Africans and peoples of African descent across the African continent and diaspora.

To know more please visit https://lsa.umich.edu/daas/about-us.html