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The African Studies Center hosts and co-sponsors a wide array of talks, conferences, symposiums, and seminars by internationally renowned intellectuals, artists, and scholars.

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September

REFUGEE Multimedia Art Exhibition
Monday, September 25, 2017 - Friday, November 3, 2017, 8-5:00.
Friday Center, UNC-CH

This fall, the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education will host a multimedia art exhibition, REFUGEE, organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography. Complete with over 150 portrait photographs and a documentary film, REFUGEE explores the lives of refugees from five continents who are dispersed and displaced. With over 65 million displaced refugees throughout the world, the exhibit offers visitors insight into the plight of refugees, including their efforts to survive, their needs, their dreams, and their hopes for a better future. This exhibit is part of the University-wide Arts Everywhere initiative, and academic programming around the exhibit is welcomed and encouraged, including class visits and experiential learning opportunities.   Free.   Please Contact: Robert Bruce rob_bruce@unc.edu for more information.



October

Lagos: Articles of a City's Visual Code
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:00 PM.
Peabody Hall, Room 104, UNC-CH

The Department of Art and Art History presents this lecture by Uche Okpa-Iroha, Executive Director of the Nleli Institute. He was spurred to go into photography in 2005. His early works were inspired by the essence of humanity and the living conditions of his subjects. Most of his portraits can be interpreted as dialogues between his subjects and their habitual environment. Uche’s current style seems to draw attention to the continent (Africa) where he uses cinematic narratives as a reference to investigate the stereotypical representation of deviant or marginal cultures. Uche is a founding member of the Nigeria photography group known as the Blackbox photography collective and a founding member of the Invisible Borders Trans-African photography travel group in 2009. His first major work “Under Bridge Life”, published in 2008 was favorably received by the critics and exposed him to the international media and art market.   Free   Please Contact: Carol Magee cmagee@email.unc.edu for more information.


Staging Gender in Senegalese Theatre and Performance
Dr. Brian Quinn

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:00 PM.
Dey Hall, Toy Lounge, UNC-CH

Based on archival research, literary readings and performance fieldwork, this talk will take stock of contemporary stage spaces in the West African country of Senegal, with a focus on the role of popular theater forms in framing discussions around gender and alterity. This talk is part of the 2017 Francophone Speaker Series   Free.   Please Contact: Anna Hoverstad ahoverst@email.unc.edu for more information.


Prof. Peter Redfield
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Peter Redfield is a Professor of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research follows examples of science, technology and medicine beyond reliable infrastructure, particularly in emerging forms of humanitarian design. This talk is part of the Thursday Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Thursday Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


K-12 Global Education Symposium
Human Rights and Social Justice

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Friday, October 27, 2017, All day.
Friday Center, UNC-CH

World View's global education symposium will feature short plenary talks and over 40 interactive breakout sessions on human rights issues to increase awareness and to provide strategies and resources for integrating human rights and social justice issues into teaching. There will be many experiential learning activities and exhibits at the symposium – check them out below. World View invites participants to "learn by doing" with these hands-on activities focused on human rights and social justice. Visit the Symposium Website for more information or to register.   Cost varies.   Please Contact: World View worldview@unc.edu for more information.



November

Carlee Forbes and Lisa Nebie
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

UNC graduate students, Lisa Nebie (Anthropology) and Carlee Forbes (Art History) will present on their research. Lisa Nebie's talk is titled: “Social differentiation in climate adaptation in the pastoral zone of Sondré-Est, Burkina Faso.” Lively discussion and good company will be on hand. This talk is part of the Thursday Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Thursday Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Prof. Silvia Tomašková
The Afterlife of a Conflict:
The San Return to South Africa and the Question of Ancestral Heritage

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Silvia Tomašková is Professor and Chair of Women's and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this talk, she will discuss the situation of several thousand San families, originally from Angola, who were resettled in Platfontein, Northern Cape, South Africa in the 1990's. Their relationship towards South Africa, and the Diamond Fields in particular, is fraught with violent history, several regime changes in multiple countries, and a contested claim to ancestral lands. Prof. Tomašková will address the current issues and the unenviable position of everyone involved, including well-meaning anthropologists. This talk is part of the Thursday Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Thursday Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



January

SERSAS/SEAN 2018 Spring Conference
Friday, January 26, 2018 - Saturday, January 27, 2018, All day.
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

The South East Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) & Southeast Africanist Network (SEAN) will hold their Annual Joint Meeting at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The joint SERSAS/SEAN conference prides itself on providing a collegial and welcoming atmosphere, and we are particularly interested in supporting emerging scholars. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Center for African Studies, University of Florida.   Registration/fee is required.   Please Contact: Todd Leedy tleedy@ufl.edu for more information.



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