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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”



PAST African Studies Lecture Series: 

Spring Quarter 2016 : Theme of Sexuality in Africa.

  • Monday, April 11. 12-1.15 pm – Dr. Angela Montague. International Studies, University of Oregon“Rites vs. Rights: Female Genital Cutting in Sub-Saharan Africa”
  • Tuesday, May 3. 12-1.15 pm – Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste. Department of History, University of California-Davis “The Ancient and The Modern: Customary and Civil Marriage and Family Law in Post-Colonial Gabon”
  • Thursday, May 12. 12-1.15 pm – Dr. Sanyu Mojola. Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder “Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS”

Fall Quarter 2015 : Theme of Performative Culture.

  • Wednesday, October 14. 12-1.15 pm – Dr. Susan Gagliardi. Art History, Emory University “Unseeing Audiences: Women and Power Associations on the Senufo-Mande Cultural ‘Frontier'”
  • Thursday, October 29. 12-1.15 pm – Patience Munjeri. Kutsinhera Cultural Arts Center/Zimbabwe “Traditional Zimbabwean Mbira Music and Its Uses in Spiritual and Cultural Contexts”
  • Thursday, November 12. 12-1.15 pm – Dr. Habib Iddrissu. Ethnomusicology & Dance, University of Oregon “Creation of the Multi-Ethnic Master Drummer”

Fall Quarter 2016 :Theme: Challenges of Development

  • Wednesday, October 12th Dr. Anne M. Santiago (Political Science, University of Portland): “Land Use Change in Eastern Africa: Developing a Model of Regime Rhetoric and Framing of the Debate over Land Use”
  • Friday, October 21st Dante Paradiso (US Department of State): “The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy in Liberia”
  • Thursday, October 27th Dr. Joshua Grace (History, University of South Carolina): “Motoring Out of Time: Histories of Technology and Development in Tanzania”
  • Thursday, November 17th Dr. Alfredo Burlando (Economics, University of Oregon): “Financial Savings Groups and the ‘Ultra Poor’: Lessons from East Africa”

Winter Quarter 2017 : Theme: Foodways

  • Tuesday, January 17th Dr. James McCann (History, Boston University): “Taytu’s Feast: Nation, Food, and History in Ethiopia”
  • Wednesday, February 8th Dr. Stephen Wooten (International Studies & Anthropology, University of Oregon): “Cooking Culture on the West African Savanna”
  • Monday, March 6th Dr. Sarah Walshaw (History, Simon Fraser University): “Feasting and Fasting: Foodways in Politics, Religion, and Social Life on the Swahili Coast (Tanzania) since 700 CE”

Spring Quarter 2017 : Theme: Modern Social and Cultural Formations

  • Wednesday, April 19th Dr. Dawne Y. Curry (History & Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska at Lincoln): “Squatting, Space and Power in the 1946 Alexandra’s Squatter Movement”
  • Thursday, May 11th Dr. Dennis Galvan (Political Science & International Studies, University of Oregon): “Everyday Nation Building: Creativity, Culture and Community in Senegal and Indonesia”
  • Tuesday, May 23rd Dr. Trina Hogg (History, Philosophy, & Religion, Oregon State University): “A Pioneer of Civilization?: The Impact of the Construction of the Sierra Leone Railway on African Lives in the Early 20th Century”