Title VI Funded

Content for which, the majority of funding orginates through the Harvard University Center for African Studies' Title VI grant. 

2017 Apr 14

The Materiality of Tradition: Pursuing and Preserving Texts in the Western Sahel

4:30pm to 6:00pm


Harvard University Barker Center, Room 114, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard's Islamic Africa Seminar (IAS) is excited to host Jeremy Dell of the University of Pennsylvania. Dell will discuss his ongoing research on Islamic manuscript cultures in West Africa.  His talk will explore the complicated relationship between colonial and post-independence efforts to preserve the Western Sahel's written heritage and constructions of the region's Islamic history.

All disciplines, backgrounds, and engagements with the field are warmly welcomed. Dinner will be served.

2017 Apr 12

Teaching in the Desert: Islam, Slavery, and Social Change in Mauritania

5:00pm to 6:30pm


Harvard University Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02138

The Islam in Africa Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem, Professor of Political Science at the School of Law and Political Science of the Université de Nouakchott Mauritania. Salem will deliver a lecture entitled, "Desert, Islam, Slavery and Social Change in Mauritania."

ORGANIZER: Islam in Africa Speaker Series
EVENT WEBSITEhttps://projects.iq.harvard.edu

2017 Apr 24

African Studies Workshop Featuring Casey Golomski

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Casey Golomski is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire and affiliate faculty in Africana and African American Studies, Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. He will present “Race and Joking Relations in a South African Alzheimer’s Home.” Elizaveta Fouksman, Postdoctoral Fellow in Research and Social Justice at University of the Witwatersrand, will be the discussant.

2017 Apr 17

African Studies Workshop Featuring Abidemi Babalola

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Abidemi Babalola is 2016-2017 McMillan-Stewart Fellow at the W.E.B Du Bois Institute, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University. He will present “Centering Africa in the global history of technological innovation and change: The Pre-colonial glass production in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.” Matthew Liebmann, Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, will be the discussant.

2017 Apr 10

African Studies Workshop Featuring Myles Osborne

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Lower Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Myles Osborne is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. He will present “Rastafari and Reparations: Nation and Community in Jamaica and Kenya.” Lowell Brower, a doctoral candidate in African & African American Studies at Harvard University, will be the discussant.

2017 Mar 30

ʻIlm and the Common People: Sufi Vernacular Poetry and Islamic Education in Brava, c.1890-1922 (Professor Lidwien Kapteijns, Wellesley College)

5:00pm to 6:35pm


Harvard University Barker Center, Room 316, Cambridge, MA 02138

Professor Lidwien Kapteijns (Wellesley College) will lead a discussion about methodology and primary sources for students of Islamic Africa.  Participants are invited to read and comment on Kapteijns and Vianello’s ongoing research about a particular genre of Islamic Sufi sources from 19th- and 20th-century Brava (on Somalia’s Benadir coast).  Through her paper, Professor Kapteijns will explore the challenges of using primary sources in local languages (including Arabic) to address broader themes in the study of Islamic Africa.


2017 Apr 15

Afro-Cuban Musical Traditions: Lukumí Bàtá Concert

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an incredible evening with some of today’s greatest players and singers in the Afro-Cuban bàtá tradition! Afro-Cuban bàtá masters from across the country join Harvard's own Director of Jazz Bands Yosvany Terry in a concert and celebration of Cuban tradition. You won't be able to keep from dancing to this percussive, dynamic music!

Texts, Knowledge, Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa

Sitting at the intersection of African, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies, Islam in Africa has long suffered from a crisis of disciplinary identity. Neither strictly area nor religious studies, Islam in Africa has only recently received attention within the academy. The shift is long overdue; Africa has influenced scholarship throughout the Islamic World for more than a millennium. With the spread of Arabic literacy, African scholars developed a rich tradition of debate over orthodoxy and meaning in Islam.