African Studies Workshop Featuring Jesse Weaver Shipley


Monday, February 1, 2021, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Virtual Event - Details Below

Presenting: Violence, Media, and Remaking Sovereignty in Revolutionary Ghana.


Jesse Shipley Photo

Jesse Weaver Shipley is a writer, ethnographer, and artist whose work explores the links between aesthetics and politics. He focuses on how performance genres are shaped by political-economic regimes while at the same time providing tools for people to create new relationships to power. His work explores music, theatre, film, and media technologies, urban space, labor, race, gender, mobility, and sovereignty. He writes articles and books and makes films and multimedia art. His first book Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music explores how the rise of African hip-hop. His second book Trickster Theatre: Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa examines how modern pan-African theatre is crucial to the struggle for decolonization and independence. He experiments with forms of storytelling, portraiture, and theory to tie mundane details and spectacular events to broader principles of power, aesthetics, desire, and trauma. Shipley has held positions at Bard College, where he was the founding Director of the Chinua Achebe Institute for Global Africana Arts, and Haverford College and is currently the John D. Willard Professor of African and African American Studies and Oratory at Dartmouth College. He is currently the McMillan-Stewart Fellow at Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University writing a book on political and cultural revolutions of the 1970s entitled, Practical Guide to Coup d'Etat.

Discussant: Sandra E. Greene (Cornell University)


A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the workshop.  After presentation and commentary, Workshop attendees are invited to engage in critique and discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chairs. 

ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies