African Studies Workshop

2019 Apr 22

African Studies Workshop featuring Robert Blunt

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Robert Blunt is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Religious Studies, an MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, an MA in the Social Sciences and a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Rob’s research and teaching have focused on the historical relationships between religion, ritual, and political economy in colonial and postcolonial Kenya. His work reflects general concerns for tracing on the ground shifts...

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2019 Apr 15

African Studies Workshop featuring Jonny Steinberg

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Jonny Steinberg is Professor of African Studies at Oxford and is currently Visiting Professor in African Politics at Yale. Among his books are The Number, a history of crime and punishment in South Africa, and A Man of Good Hope, which explores migration and nativism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Steinberg was an inaugural winner of the Windham Campbell Literature Prizes awarded by Yale University and was twice the recipient of South Africa's premier literary award, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize. He is currently working on a social history of South Africa's transition to...

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2019 Apr 08

African Studies Workshop featuring Robert Lorway

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Robert Lorway is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Centre for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Intervention Politics and Social Transformation. His research analyzes how forms of intervention life unfurl around transnationally-mediated attempts to alleviate the suffering of stigmatized people. He has written two books on the subject, Namibia’s Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation, and AIDS Activism, Science and Community across Three Continents. In his current book...

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2019 Apr 01

African Studies Workshop featuring Youssef Carter

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Youssef Carter is a College Fellow in the departments of Anthropology and African & African-American Studies at Harvard University. Prior to coming to Harvard as a visiting faculty member, he was a Research Fellow for the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Visiting Scholar in the department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

His forthcoming manuscript explores the healing practices, migrations, and exchanges that define the Mustafawi Tariqa of the United States, Spain, and Senegal. Through extensive...

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2019 Mar 25

African Studies Workshop featuring Ronald Niezen

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Ronald Niezen is the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculty of Law and Department of Anthropology at McGill University. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and has done research on Islamic reform in West Africa, justice campaigns in Aboriginal communities in northern Canada and on the international movement of indigenous peoples in the United Nations. His books include: The Origins of Indigenism: Human Rights and the Politics of Difference (University of California

Press 2003) Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and...

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2019 Mar 11

African Studies Workshop featuring Lisa Lindsay

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Lisa Lindsay is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  A specialist in the history of Nigeria, the slave trade, and the Atlantic world, she is the author of Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth Century Odyssey from America to Africa, which won the African Studies Association’s prize for the best book in any field of African studies published in 2017.  Previous publications include Working with Gender: Wage Labor and Social Change in Colonial Southwestern...

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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 Feb 25

African Studies Workshop featuring Nicholas Githuku

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Nicholas Githuku holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University in African history with a focus on Eastern Africa in general, and contemporary political history in Kenya in particular; a Rotary International Mid-professional Certificate in Peace, Development and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok-Thailand (2008); a Master of Arts in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Nairobi (2004); and a Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honors) Degree in History and Political Science &  Public Administration, University of Nairobi (2001).

He...

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2019 Feb 11

African Studies Workshop featuring Elizabeth Foster

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Elizabeth Foster is Associate Professor of History at Tufts University. She is the author of Faith in Empire: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Senegal, 1880-1940 (Stanford 2013), which won the Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society, and most recently, of African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church (Harvard 2019). She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Center for European Studies and has received Fulbright, NEH, and ACLS fellowships.

She will be presenting: ...

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2019 Feb 04

African Studies Workshop featuring Evan Mwangi

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Evan Mwangi is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of, among other works, Africa Writes Back to Self: Metafiction, Gender Sexuality (2009);Translation in African Contexts: Postcolonial Texts, Queer Sexuality, and Cosmopolitan Fluency(2017); and The Postcolonial Animal: African Literature & Posthuman Ethics (forthcoming).​ He is at work on two new monographs: one on global rewritings of Conrad's Heart of Darkness ​and the other on Indian...

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2019 Jan 28

African Studies Workshop Featuring Donald Donham

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Donald Donham is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.  He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1979 and has carried out field research in Ethiopia, South Africa, and most recently, Atlantic West Africa.  He is currently beginning a project on the history of social and cultural anthropology. Professor Donham's principal focus of interest has been understanding forms of power as these changes and the ways that economic systems intertwine with cultural forms. He is...

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2018 Oct 29

African Studies Workshop Featuring Amah Edoh

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

M. Amah Edoh is Assistant Professor of African Studies in the Global Studies and Languages program at MIT. Her work interrogates the politics of knowledge production about Africa. Centering on material and visual objects traveling between African locations and Europe and North America, Edoh’s research asks what the production and circulation of these forms makes visible about Africa’s place in the world. She will present Tailor-made, tailor-making: Expertise and the negotiation of social status in contemporary West Africa.  Discussant:...

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2018 Dec 03

African Studies Workshop Featuring Claudia Gastrow

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Claudia Gastrow is an anthropologist of Southern Africa specializing in issues of land, urbanism, housing, informality and governance, with a special focus on Angola. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2014, and currently lectures at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.  She will present Anarchic Citizens and Bandit States: Urbanism, Civility, and Materiality in Luanda.  Discussant: Ronald Niezen.

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2018 Nov 26

African Studies Workshop Featuring Mekonnen Ayano

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Mekonnen Firew Ayano is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for African Studies where he studies law and development with a focus on land and agricultural policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mekonnen received SJD degree from Harvard Law School, LL.M. degree from the American University in Cairo, and LL.B. degree from Addis Ababa University. He will present Land Conflict in Transitional Economies.  Discussant: Pauline Peters.

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

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2018 Nov 12

African Studies Workshop Featuring Nina Sylvanus

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Nina Sylvanus is an Associate Professor of anthropology at Northeastern University. She received her doctoral training in anthropology and African Studies from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and taught in the anthropology department at Reed College before joining Northeastern. Her research and teaching has focused on the social life of objects, the role of materiality, technology, and gender in the production of culture and economy; and, more recently, on the relationship between supply chain capitalism, container logistics and labor. She ...

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