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Spring 2018 Friday Colloquium Series

Fridays | 10:30am-noon | SGIS GA 1112
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February 2

“Amulets from Equatorial Africa: Examples from the Mathers and RMCA”

Heather Akou
Associate Professor,
Indiana University School of Art, Architecture + Design

February 9

“Climate Change and Energy Poverty in New Democracies: Explaining Citizen Response to the Electricity Crisis in Ghana”

Lauren MacLean
Arthur F. Bentley Chair and Professor, Indiana University Department of Political Science

February 16

"Bunyore Fight Against Drug Abuse & Rehabilitation (FADAR) Self - Help Group: An Experience in Participatory Development"

Susan Kavaya
M.A. African Studies Master's Student in Public Health

February 23

“The Influence of Women's Rights on Voting for Conservative Parties: A Survey Evidence from Tunisia”

Salih Yasun
Ph. D. Student,
Indiana University Department of Political Science

March 2

“French Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Associational Life: Women’s Participation in Community Life and Local Government in Mali and Burkina Faso”

Cathryn Johnson
Ph. D. Candidate
Indiana University Department of Political Science

March 9

A discussion on issues of filming a documentary and use of video documentation methods for fieldwork, with Dr. Gregg Mitman (Director, "The Land Beneath Our Feet") and Emmanuel Urey (Narrator; Subject). See other related events with Dr. Mitman and Mr. Urey on our special events page.

Dr. Gregg Mitman
Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emmanuel Urey
Ph. D. candidate,
Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 23

“A Conversation with Victor Gama: Projects Tsikaya and 3 Thousand Rivers (multimedia opera about the Amazon)”

Victor Gama
Composer, designer of contemporary musical instruments

Fall 2017 Friday Colloquium Series

Fridays | 10:30am-noon | SGIS GA 3067

September 29

“Establishing the Link between Representative Bureaucracy and Performance: The South African Case”
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Sergio Fernandez
Associate Professor,
School of Public and Environmental Affairs

October 6

Fall Break

October 13

“Negotiating Beauty, Ugliness, and Authenticity: Evidence of Repair and Transformation in Collections of Sowei Masks”
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Kristin Otto
Ph.D. Candidate,

October 20

“The Role of Pelepele Cultural Group in the Resuscitation of Arts and Culture in Swaziland: From 2003 to 2017
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Betty Dlamini
Senior Lecturer,
African Studies Program

October 27

"Patenting Hoodia: Difference, Materiality, and Belonging in South Africa"
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Laura Foster
Assistant Professor,
Gender Studies

November 3

“An Innocent Amusement: Marginality, Spirit Possession and the Moral Community in Colonial Aden“
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Scott Reese
Associate Professor of History, Northern Arizona University

November 10

“Imagining India in Ghana and Nigeria, 1940s-Present Times”
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David. K. Amponsah
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies,
University of Missouri-Columbia

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View past colloquia: Fall 2016, Spring 2017