The Director's Message

Welcome to the start of a new academic year and to African Studies at Emory University. We have a very full calendar of activities, beginning with no less than thirteen research seminar presentations covering topics ranging from storytelling in post-genocide Rwanda to West African ideas about slavery. As in the past, the research seminar meets on Thursdays at 4:15. The pre-circulated papers will be available ten days before the seminar.

Welcome to our new faculty and graduate students. Adriana Chira joins us from the University of Michigan. Salmon Shomade comes to Emory from the University of New Orleans. Ashley Parcells, just back from South Africa, is this year’s graduate student assistant. We have a new cohort of graduate students with interests in topics such as human rights, political economy, and gender. Various graduate students are back from extended research trips and now busily completing their dissertations.

Various kudos are in order! Susan Gagliardi will be away this year on a distinguished fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center. Kristin Mann, with Philip Misevich (Emory Hist. Ph.D.), just published The Rise and Demise of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Atlantic World. Subha Xavier’s The Migrant Text:  Making and Marketing a Global French Literature was released this summer. And Nathan Suhr-Sytsma’s Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature will be coming out in the near future.

On a sad note, Elaine Salo passed away from a struggle with cancer. Elaine completed her Ph.D. in 2004 and most recently taught at the University of Delaware. During her time at Emory Elaine was a very active member of the African Studies community and was also active in the African Studies Association. Our thoughts are with her family. An event is being planned for the African Studies Association meetings in Washington, D.C.

Clifton Crais