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Contemporary Africa Seminar Speaker Series

AFRI-A 731 Seminars are offered on a different topic each spring semester. They are also our primary venue for presentations by national and international scholars. These guest lectures are open to the wider African Studies community and the public.

Spring 2017: African Mobilities and Expressive Culture

*All guest lectures will be held in SGIS GA 1122

February 22

“A Black by Any Other Name?: Strategic Ethnic Performance and the Commodification of Ethnic Identity”

Professor Tristan Ivory, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. See biography and abstract here.

March 1
5:30-7:00 pm

"Field Research with Muslim American Neighbors, Philadelphia (2015-17)"

Professor Carol Muller, Ethnomusicology, University of Pennsylvania

March 22
5:30-7:00 pm

‘“A Colder Congo:’ An Afro-Swedish Chronotope of Race, Politics, and Culture”

Professor Ryan T. Skinner, Ethnomusicology, The Ohio State University. See biography and abstract here.

April 5
5:30-7:00 pm

"Chimurenga Intersections: Epistemologies of Self-Liberation through African Music Scholarship and Performance”

Professor Mhoze Chikowero, History, University of California Santa Barbara and Thomas Mapfumo. See biographies and abstract here.

April 12
5:30-7:00 pm

“Performing Pastoralism: Music, Dance, and (Im)mobility in a Kenyan Refugee Camp”

Oliver Shao, Ph.D. Candidate, IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology. See biography and abstract here.

~There will also be a special live concert by THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED on Thursday, April 6, 6:30-8:00pm, moved indoors to Wells-Metz Theatre, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Find more information here~

*Download the full Seminar Speaker Series schedule here