African Studies Seminars 2018-19


All seminars take place at 4:15 in Candler 212 unless otherwise specified.

September 6: Abigail Meert (Emory University), “Suffering, Coercion, and Consent in Luwero.”

September 20: Robyn d’Avignon (New York University), “Ancient Indexes: Colonial Geology and African Mineral Knowledge in French West Africa.”
Co-sponsored by the Department of History 

October 4: Howard French (Columbia University), Lecture: “Understanding Africa-China Relations in a Global Perspective.”
Location: PAIS (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies) 290 
Co-sponsored by the Hightower Fund, East Asian Studies Program, Institute for Developing Nations, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, and the Carter Center China Program

October 25: Daniel Domingues da Silva (Rice University), Jane Hooper (George Mason University), Susan Gagliardi (Emory University), and Bayo Holsey (Rutgers University), Roundtable: “Doing Africanist Research Across the Humanities and Social Sciences.”
Co-sponsored by the Department of History

November 1: Peter Little (Emory University), “When ‘Green’ is Thorny and Mean: The Politics and Costs of Environmental Experiments in East Africa.”

November 8: Rachel Gabara (University of Georgia), “Reclaiming Realism: The Emergence of African Documentary Film, 1960–1973.”  

November 28: António Tomás (University of Cape Town), Talk: “Urban Nostalgia: Engaging Colonial Traces in the Postcolonial Colonial Luanda (Angola).”
Organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and co-sponsored by the Institute for Developing Nations   

December 6: Christopher Ouma (University of Cape Town), “Small Magazines and Black Internationalism: Corridors of Storytelling.” 
Co-sponsored by the Department of English        

January 24: Marion Tricoire (Emory University), “Literary Lagos: The Textual Texture of Social Connection.”

February 7: Tasha Rijke-Epstein (Vanderbilt University), “The Texture of a Home: Sedimented Histories of Labor and Kinship in Majunga, Madagascar (1920s–1960s).” Co-sponsored by the Department of History 

February 21: Sanyu Mojola (University of Michigan), “‘A Nowadays Disease?’ Aging, Gendered Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in a Rural South African Community.”

March 7: Daniel Thompson (Emory University), “The Social Contract in an African City: Clan Entitlements, State Authority, and Urban Inequality in Jigjiga, Ethiopia.”

March 28: Roquinaldo Ferreira (Brown University), “Enslaved Africans as Agents of Abolitionism in Angola.”
Co-sponsored by the Department of History

April 11: Updated: Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, who received his PhD from Emory in Art History and is now Curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will present his work as a curator in Dakar and Lagos. He will discuss connections between contemporary arts and literature on the continent. 

Postponed: Nate Plageman (Wake Forest University), “The Paper City and Its Margins: The Creation of Takoradi, Gold Coast.”
Co-sponsored by the Department of History 

April 25: Ben Twagira (Emory University), “Male Transients and Women Landowners in Kampala, ca. 1930s–1966.”