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  • 2018 Mar 23

    9th Annual African Development Conference

    Fri - Sat, Mar 23 to Mar 24, 8:00am - 10:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue

    "Our Time; Our Vision: Wielding Africa’s Potential for Sustainable Growth"

    Through this theme, we will spark discussions around three major pillars of growth: (1) Democracy and Good Governance, (2) Technology, and Economic Partnerships, and their contribution to the achievement of Africa’s Agenda 2063, and (3) the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    The African Development Conference convenes global leaders, business professionals, policy practitioners, government officials, scholars, students, and alumni. It is the largest African...

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  • 2018 Mar 26

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Joanna Davidson

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Joanna Davidson is an Assistant Professor at Boston University. She is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include cultural conceptions of knowledge, anthropological engagements with development, and the politics of storytelling. Dr. Davidson has conducted ethnographic research in Guinea-Bissau since 1999, where she has focused on rural West Africans’ responses to environmental and economic change. She will present The Problem of Widows: Making and Unmaking Marriage in Rural West Africa. Discussant: George Meiu.

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  • 2018 Apr 02

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi received a PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, and her historical and ethnographic research focuses on spatial politics, urbanisms, and modernist culture and discourses, drawing from primary research in East Africa and South Asia.  She joins Barnard College, Columbia University in 2018. Anooradha is a current Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. She will present Domesticating the Margin in East Africa," and examines the construction of the East...

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  • 2018 Apr 09

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Lauren Coyle

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Lauren Coyle Rosen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. She trained as a cultural anthropologist and as a lawyer. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2014) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2008). Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of legal and political anthropology, critical theory, historical ethnography, epistemology, spirituality, subjectivity, psychoanalysis, capitalism, dialectics, and symbolic power. She will present Spectral Laws of Gold in Ghana. Discussant: Emmanuel...

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  • 2018 Apr 16

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Daniel Smith

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Daniel Smith Jordan joined the Department of Anthropology at Brown University in 2001. He received an AB in Sociology from Harvard University in 1983, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University in 1999. He will present Every Household Is Its Own Local Government: Informal Economies and Entrepreneurial Infrastructure in Nigeria. Discussant: Jacob Olupona.

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  • 2018 Apr 23

    African Studies Workshop Featuring Adam Habib

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Adam Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and renowned political commentator and columnist. Habib is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He is also the Chair of Universities South Africa, which represents vice-chancellors and higher education in the country. He will present #FeesMustFall and the Advancement of Social Justice. Discussant: Lawrence Bobo.

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  • 2018 Apr 25

    African Literature Reading Group

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Teaching Africa Library, 4th floor, 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

    The Outreach Program at the African Studies Center hosts an annual series of book group meetings wherein participants of all ages and backgrounds are invited to read and discuss engaging novels by African authors. Join members of the African studies community in reading books by a section of Africa authors and discussing them. Led by former outreach director Barbara Brown and retired Boston Public Schools teacher Roberta Logan, this group meets three times per academic year:

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4pm-6pm

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4pm-6pm

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