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The African Studies Workshop at Harvard was inaugurated in Fall of 2012, and continues this year with a new and exciting schedule of presenters. This workshop is convened by Professors Jean and John Comaroff. Each Monday evening, starting at 6:15 pm at the History Department Conference Room, Robinson Hall (35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138), a scholar presents a paper on one facet of the rapidly changing position of Africa in the global political economy and the impact of that change on global distributions of wealth, well-being, and power. Workshop presenters are scholars of high international repute as well as up and coming Africanist intellectuals.
The Workshop runs, simultaneously, as an undergraduate/graduate seminar, a professional apprenticeship for doctoral Africanists-in-training across the disciplines, and a laboratory for international scholarly exchange. The intellectual theme for the Workshop is: Africa and the World at Large: Or, What the New Global Order Has to Learn from the Contemporary African Experience. Under this theme, three major topic foci are addressed:
Changing Economies, Changing Politics, Changing Faces of Capitalism
State Transformations, Social Order, and the Problem of Crime
Health and Crises of Reproduction
The undergraduate/graduate seminar held in conjunction with the African Studies Workshop is led by Professors John and Jean Comaroff. The seminar explores Africa’s changing place in the world – and the new economies, legalities, socialities, and cultural forms that have arisen there.
At each Workshop, a paper, pre-circulated a week in advance through a mailing list, will be presented for critique and discussion. Students, post-docs and workshop attendees are then invited to engage in discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chair.