Past Events

  • 2019 Mar 08

    Art Study Center Seminar: Painted Piety—The Art of Religious Devotion in Morocco

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

    In this seminar, Mounia Chekhab Aboudaya, curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, and Rachel Parikh, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, will explore the religious and artistic context behind a large, calligraphic panel venerating the Prophet Muhammad.

    This recent acquisition, created in 20th-century Morocco, is as enigmatic as it is striking—there is no known devotional panel like it. However, drawing from other objects, such as pilgrimage guides and prayer books, within Harvard Art Museums...

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  • 2019 Mar 07

    A Public Address by His Excellency Julius Maada Bio

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    The Institute of Politics Harvard University 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

    The Center for African Studies

    His Excellency Julius Maada Bio
    President of the Republic of Sierra Leone

    This Forum will require a ticket for entry.
    Ticket holders must retrieve their ticket ahead of the Forum event. Tickets will be available for pick up at the Institute of Politics from noon to 5:00pm March 5th and 9:30am-5:00pm March 6th.  In addition, ticket pick up will take place at the Science Center from 11:00am...

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  • 2019 Mar 06

    Art and Religious Devotion in Morocco: Notes on a Calligraphic Panel from the Harvard Art Museums

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

    A large-scale calligraphic panel from Morocco features stylized views of Mecca and Medina and representation of the Prophet Muhammad’s sandals, alongside prayers praising the Prophet and a selection of verses from the Qur’an.

    This striking work raises the broad question of representational imagery in an Islamic devotional context as well as the more specific matter of artistic transfer from illustrated copies of the Dala’il al-Khayrat (The Ways of Edification). This famous collection of prayers blessing the Prophet, compiled by the 15th-century Sufi mystic...

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  • 2019 Mar 06

    Art and Religious Devotion in Morocco: Notes on a Calligraphic Panel from the Harvard Art Museums

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

    A large-scale calligraphic panel from Morocco features stylized views of Mecca and Medina and representation of the Prophet Muhammad’s sandals, alongside prayers praising the Prophet and a selection of verses from the Qur’an.

    This striking work raises the broad question of representational imagery in an Islamic devotional context as well as the more specific matter of artistic transfer from illustrated copies of the Dala’il al-Khayrat (The Ways of Edification). This famous collection of prayers blessing the Prophet, compiled by the 15th-century Sufi mystic...

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  • 2019 Mar 06

    Islam in Africa Brown Bag Series: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Andover Hall 117 - Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

     

    Oludamini Ogunnaike, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary will present his forthcoming book Sufism and Ifa: Ways of Knowing in Two West African Intellectual Traditions.

    Free and open to the public | Lunch is provided

    ABOUT

    Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of...

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  • 2019 Mar 04

    African Studies Workshop featuring Otu Kwame Edwin

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Center for African Studies Lounge - 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

    Otu Kwame Edwin is currently an Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

    Dr. Otu recently completed a draft of his book manuscript entitled, Amphibious Subjects: Sassoi and the Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana, which was submitted to Indiana University Press. An ethnographic project on a community of self-identified effeminate men, known in local parlance as sassoi, the book draws on African philosophy,...

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  • 2019 Mar 04

    Boston University Walter Rodney Lecture Series feat. Abigail H. Neely

    12:15pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    William O. Brown Seminar Room (Rm 505) - 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

    “When Children Become Ancestors: Death and Dying in Post-Apartheid South Africa" by Abigail H. Neely (Dartmouth College)

     

    The Boston University Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series is held every Monday from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the African Studies Center.

    Over the past 35 years, the Walter Rodney Seminar has brought more than 500 guest speakers to BU’s African Studies Center. The lecture series is interdisciplinary, and has included presentations by established and incipient scholars in all Africa-related disciplines, including...

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  • 2019 Feb 28

    Black Migration & Influence in Mexico

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

    HGSE’s Black Student Union and Comunidad Latinx, alongside David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard & Espacio Migrante, are excited to present two short documentaries on Black Migration & Influence in México. Join us on February 28, 2019 in Askwith Hall as we screen Life Between Borders: Black migrants in México and Jamaica & Tamarindo: Afro tradition in the Heart of México alongside filmmaker Ebony Bailey and migration activist Paulina Olvera.
    ...

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  • 2019 Feb 27

    UMass Africa Day: "Pan Africa Rising"

    1:00pm to 10:00pm

    Location: 

    UMass Boston Campus Center Ballrooms A, B, and C, and the Atrium in the Integrated Sciences Complex (100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125)

    Umass Africa Day Poster

     

    UMass Boston's First Africa Day "Pan Africa Rising" will feature keynote speakers, panels, graduate student flash talks, African marketplace, luncheon, gala night reception featuring Afrobeat DJ, and African food.

     

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS...

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