Title VI Funded

2017 Oct 23

African Studies Workshop Featuring Nanna Schneidermann

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Nanna Schneidermann is a social anthropologist born, raised and educated in Aarhus, Denmark. She now works as a postdoc at Oslo and Akershus University College in Norway as part of MediAfrica, a research project investigating the role of new media in social change in Africa. She will present Who cooks and who eats? Artists as cultural brokers in Ugandan election campaigns. 

A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African...

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2017 Oct 16

African Studies Workshop Featuring Lowell Brower

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Lowell Brower is a PhD candidate in the Department of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. He will present Once Upon a Time' in the Land of 'Never Again': Oral Literature in Post-Genocide Rwanda. 

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...

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2017 Oct 02

African Studies Workshop Featuring Elizaveta Fouksman

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Elizaveta Fouksman received her doctorate in International Development from the University of Oxford in 2015, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. For the 2017-18 academic year, Liz is a Berggruen Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She will present Universalizing social protection and the moral imperative of labor: Support and resistance from Southern Africa.

A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard...

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2017 Sep 25

African Studies Workshop Featuring Riina Turtio

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Riina Turtio, non-resident postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for African Studies, has recently completed a PhD in International History at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Her PhD dissertation approached the wider topic of decolonization and state-building in francophone West Africa by analyzing Guinean, Ivoirian and Voltaic decisions in building their national militaries. She will present Foreign military aid in building postcolonial states in francophone West Africa 1958-1974. 

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2017 Sep 18

African Studies Workshop Featuring Yuka Suzuki

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Yuka Suzuki is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bard College. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of nature and the nonhuman, race, whiteness, and postcolonial belonging in Southern Africa. She will present Cecil the Lion and the Stardom of Charismatic Species.

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.  ...

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2017 Sep 11

African Studies Workshop Featuring James Ferguson

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

James Ferguson is the Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. His research has focused on southern Africa (especially Lesotho, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia), and has engaged a broad range of theoretical and ethnographic issues. He will present Proletarian Politics Today: From Historical Analogy to Distributive Politics.

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2017 Apr 14

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

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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.

please RSVP to Matthew Steele (msteele@fas.harvard.edu). 

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2017 Apr 12

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

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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
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2017 Apr 24

African Studies Workshop Featuring Casey Golomski

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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.

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2017 Apr 17

African Studies Workshop Featuring Abidemi Babalola

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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.

A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the ...

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2017 Apr 10

African Studies Workshop Featuring Myles Osborne

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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.

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.  ...

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2017 Apr 03

African Studies Workshop Featuring Derek Hook

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Derek Hook is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. He will present “Petrified life – post–apartheid temporality.” Mark Geraghty, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center, will be the discussant.

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...

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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

Location: 

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.

 

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2017 Apr 15

Afro-Cuban Musical Traditions: Lukumí Bàtá Concert

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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! This concert is co-sponsored by the Cuba Studies Program, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; the Harvard University Center for African Studies; the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center; the...

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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. The rise of such a tradition was hardly disconnected from centers of Islamic...

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