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Wednesday Seminar Guest Speakers

Seminars are offered on a different topic each semester. They are also our primary venue for presentations by national and international scholars. Since the seminar is usually offered on Wednesdays, the guest speakers are known as the Wednesday Seminar Speakers. These lectures are open to the wider African Studies community and the public.

Spring 2014 |Fall 2013 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2011 | Spring 2011 |
Fall 2010 | Spring 2010

Spring 2014

Thursday, 24 April

Ballantine 004

“The Case Of Musabbah’s Waraqa: Law and Muslim Commercial Society in the Age of Global Capitalism”

Professor Fahad Bishara, Department of History, College of William and Mary

Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7:00 pm

Woodburn Hall 218

“The Corroller Family, French Empire and the Boundaries of African and Oceanic History”

Professor Pier M Larson, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University


Fall 2013

  • This semester, the Wednesday Seminar is offered on Thursdays
  • 2:30-4:30pm, Refreshments following the seminar
  • Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
    513 N. Park Ave
Thursday, 3 October
Education, Citizenship and Democracy in Mali Jaimie Bleck, Notre Dame University
Thursday, 17 October
The Politics of Necessity: Community Organizing and Democracy in South Africa Elke Zuern, Sarah Lawrence College
Thursday, 14 November
The Politics of Tourism in Africa Robin Turner, Butler University


Spring 2013

Woodburn Hall 221, 5:30pm - 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted)
Pre-lecture refreshments at 4:45pm in Woodburn Hall 221 (regardless of seminar location)

20 February
Woodburn 009
Rising to the Concrete: Critical Ethnographic Practice in West Africa Jean Lave, University of California-Berkeley
20 March
Auditorium A152*
Bakhtin and Beyond, Senegal and Beyond Judith Irvine, University of Michigan
18 April 'After Work': Precarity and Contingency in Post-Transition South Africa Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University

*Enter the Auditorium from the small south parking lot (Theatre Department entrance)


Fall 2012

Theme: African Histories of Technology
Dr. Marissa Moorman, History
Woodburn Hall 218, 5:30pm

17 October Regarding ‘Engineering,’ ‘Technology,’ ‘Designers’ and ‘Users’ as Seen through Chimurenga, Zimbabwe’s Liberation War   Clapperton Mavhungu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7 November Oil Rich Niger Delta George Osodi, Independent Photographer, Lagos, Nigeria 
14 November ’Oilpacity’ as the Source of the Oil Curse? A Discussion of its Manifestations in the African Context, 1939-1971 Kairn Klieman, University of Houston
5 December Cultural Creativity as Technology: Mobile Telephony, Innovation and Shifts in African Associational Life Joyce Nyairo, Independent Researcher, Nairobi, Kenya


Spring 2012

1 February Hymns, Historical Agency and the Materialization of Spiritual Power in the Cherubim and Seraphim Church Vicki Brennan, University of Vermont
29 February Creating Community through the Book Arts: Art, Craft and Environmental Conservation in the Greater Ashanti Region of Ghana Mary Hark, University of Wisconsin
7 March Techniques of Inattention: The Mediality of Loudspeakers in Nigeria Brian Larkin, Barnard College
11 April Disgrace and the importance of laughing at JM Coetzee Stacy Hardy, Chimurenga Magazine, Cape Town, South Africa


Fall 2011

28 September Cultic Revelries in the Egyptian New Kingdom Prof. Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University
28 September As for Those Who have Called me Evil, Mut will Call them Evil! A New Praise of the Goddess Mut on a Roman Period Papyrus in Florence Prof. Richard Jasnow, Johns Hopkins University
26 October Nubians and the Cult of Isis in Late-Roman Egypt Prof. Solange Bumbaugh, University of Chicago


Spring 2011

2 February The Future of Food: African Sustainable Agriculture Prof. Carol Thompson, Northern Arizona University, Political Science.
23 February The Moral Economy of the Military: Structural Adjustment, Babangida, and Rice in 1980s Nigeria. Prof. Steven Pierce, University of Manchester (UK), History
2 March Peanuts, Rice, Prophets, and Resistance in Colonial Senegal Prof. Robert Baum, University of Missouri, Columbia, Religious Studies
13 April Grounding Morality: Rural Farmers and Social Movements in Cameroon Prof. Susan Diduk, Denison University, Ohio, Anthropology


Fall 2010

22 September Corruption as a Threat to Democratic Consolidation and Regime Legitimacy in Africa John Mbaku, Weber State University
13 October Governance in the Post-Conflict Democratic Republic of Congo: Constraints and Opportunities Georges Nzongola, UNC Chapel Hill
27 October Sustainable Development in Africa Okechukwu Ukaga, University of Minnesota-Cloquet
10 November The Role of Foreign Actors in African Conflicts and Violence against Women and Children Keith Hermon Snow, War Correspondent, Photojournalist, and Human Rights Investigator
1 December Literacy and Women's Participation in Development in Nigeria Una Osili, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
15 December Speaking the Unspeakable: Mitigating Cross-Cultural Miscommunication through Understanding Communication Strategies in African Society: the Case of the AFRICOM “Request” Samuel Obeng, Director African Studies Program, Indiana University Bloomington Campus


Spring 2010

24 February Sembene: A Disalienated Modernity Akinwumi Adesokan, Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University
24 March Music and the (Post-) Post-Colony: Stories from Tanzania and Rwanda Gregory Barz, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
31 March (Performance) Cosmas Magaya Master Performer, Mbira, Zimbabwe
7 April The Political Economy of the Archive and the Geo/Politics of Literary Culture in Africa Olabode Ibironke, Department of English, Johns Hopkins University
14 April Power Moves: Colonial Military Culture and Physical Expression in German East Africa Michelle Moyd, Department of History, Indiana University
21 April The Right to Copy: Imitation and Creativity in Tanzanian Musical Compositions Alex Perullo, Department of Anthropology, Bryant University