African Studies Seminar 2017-2018

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All seminars take place at 4:15 in Bowden 323 unless otherwise specified.

Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi (Emory University), September 7th, “Unseen on Screen: Yeelen and Its Absent but Ever-Present Arts”

Alden Young (Drexel University), September 14th, "Race in Theory and Practice of Muslim West African History," (Co-authored with Keren Weitzberg)

Dorothy Hodgson (Rutgers University), October 5th, "Gender, Generation, and Changing Temporal Regimes In Tanzania"

Anne Gulick (University of South Carolina), October 19th,  "Tsitsi Dangarembga and the Untimely Novel of Decolonization" (co-sponsored by the Department of English)

Aubrey Graham (Emory University), November 9th, "Hostile Visual Encounters: Fighting to control photographic meaning in the DRC’s digital age"

Ana Teixeira (Emory University), January 25th, “The MPLA War Liberation Discourses: Race, Language, and Ideology in the Prose of Manuel Dos Santos Lima”

Jarad Jon Zimbler (University of Birmingham), February 8th, "Literary Tourism in Pre-Independence West Africa: Travel as Constellation and Point of Departure"

Brian Larkin (Barnard College), February 22nd, "The Technics of Islam: Media, form and religious movements‪"

Abigail Meert (Emory University), March 8th, “'We Fought for Our Kabaka':  Institutions, Ideology, and the Grounds for Resistance in Luwero

Anne-Maria Makhulu (Duke University), March 22nd, “Black Capitalists and the Politics of South African State Capture”

Derek Peterson (University of Michigan), April 5th, "Radio and Dictatorship in Idi Amin's Uganda"

Janet Roitman (The New School for Social Research), April 19th, "Future Financial Practice: Africa"


Large immersive ink brush drawings reference shadow explorations of African objects held within storerooms of museums such as the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University or the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. Walking through dark museum storerooms with a flashlight in hand, the artist investigates objects’ shadows. The result is Shadow Scapes, a series that reflects on the exploration of a foreign continent through its objects and attempts to portray their imaginary landscapes of origin.

Marcus Neustetter, an artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, explored the Carlos Museum’s collection of African arts and produced public interventions on the Emory University campus in March 2015 in conjunction with the exhibition African Cosmos at the museum.