The Director's Message

Welcome to the virtual home of the Institute of African Studies (IAS). We are excited to start the 2017-18 year with a new postdoctoral fellow, Benjamin Twagira, who joins us from Boston University, as well as new undergraduate students, graduate students, and visiting researchers. The intellectual life of the IAS is anchored in the research seminar, which will meet a dozen times over the course of the year to discuss work in progress by eight visiting scholars and four members of the IAS community at Emory. Among the latter, we welcome back Susan Gagliardi from a fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center, Aubrey Graham to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of the Liberal Arts, and Abigail Meert from fieldwork in Uganda and the UK.

Several faculty and graduates have recently marked professional milestones. In May, Subha Xavier was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. In June, Kristin Mann was honored with the inaugural Distinguished Scholar Award by the Lagos Studies Association meeting at the University of Lagos. In August, Sidney Kasfir was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) at their 17th triennial conference in Accra, Ghana. Dinah Hannaford (Emory PhD in Anthropology) has just published her first book, Marriage Without Borders: Transnational Spouses in Neoliberal Senegal (University of Pennsylvania Press). Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nwezi (Emory PhD in Art History) has been appointed Curator of African Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Congratulations to all!

I look forward to catching up with colleagues and students, making new acquaintances, and sharpening ideas in the months ahead.

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma

Interim Director