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African Studies at Oregon

The African Studies Program encourages teaching and scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the wider African diaspora. The program offers a minor, develops courses related to Africa, promotes study-abroad programs and internships, raises funds to expand African Studies resources, and organizes campus and local community events pertaining to Africa. In addition, the program supports faculty and student research on Africa and facilitates dissemination of research through the African Studies Lecture Series, for faculty and guest presentations, and the Acacia Seminars, for presentations of student research and experiences.


African Studies Lecture Series AY 2017-18

* All events held 12:00pm – 1:15pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Free and open to the public.*

Fall Quarter

October 6. Tamara Giles-Vernick. Anthropology/History. Institut Pasteur. A Pre-History of Zoonotic Outbreaks in Southeastern Cameroon” **Happening in the EMU Crater Lake North EMU 146**

October 24. Lanie Millar. Romance Languages/Comparative Literature. UO. “Manuel Rui and the Postcolonial Angola that Is Not.”

November 8. Nora Kenworthy. Anthropology/Global Health. University of Washington. “Mistreated: the Political Aftermath of HIV Treatment Expansion in Lesotho.” 


Winter Quarter

January 22. Sarah Zimmerman. History. Western Washington University. “Gender, Citizenship, and Diminishing Access: Goréen Women in Post-Emancipation Senegal”

January 29.  Ama de-Graft Aikins. Psychology/Global Health. University of Ghana. “Sugar Disease, Bitter Medicine: living with diabetes in an urban poor Ghanaian community.”

February 14. Andre Djiffack. Romance Languages. UO. “Teaching and researching on Mongo Beti”


Spring Quarter

April 17. Brett Rushforth. History. UO. “Daily Traffic with the Frenchmen: Merchant Colonialism and West African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century”

May 1. Hannah Appel. Anthropology/Economics. UCLA.  “Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea”

May 15. Lokangaka Losambe. English/Literature. University of Vermont. “The New African Diaspora Writer and the Idea of a Convivial Humanity”