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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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World View: 2017 Africa Seminar
Stories of Africa: Connected Over Time and Across the Globe

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:30-5 Wed, 8-3:30 Thu
The Friday Center, UNC-CH

Heeding novelist Chimamanda Adichie’s warning about the dangers of hearing only a single story about a person or country, World View’s 2017 Africa seminar will highlight the diversity of lived experiences within the continent of Africa and the interconnectedness of Africa with other nations—including the United States—and North Carolina. Speakers include William Kamkwamba, Kathryn Mathers, Georges Nzongola, and Seun Bello Olamosu. For detailed program and registration information please visit World View.   See World View page for cost details.   Please Contact: World View 919.962.9264 for more information.

Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: A Workshop on Chichewa Language and Malawi Culture
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30PM-7:30PM
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Beard Hall, Room 116, UNC-CH

This four-part workshop will focus on introductory Chichewa greetings and linguistics, medical interview vocabulary, and cultural sensitivity in health services for UNC students, staff and faculty planning research, service or internships in Malawi. Workshop sessions cover elementary language construction, health and cultural training, as well as brief presentations on the history, geography, politics and economy of Malawi. Participants will be provided soft copies of readings and basic language material. Dinner will be provided. The sessions will be held on March 29th, March 30th, April 5th, and April 6th. Attendance at a minimum of 3 sessions is required. Space is limited - please register by emailing Mamie Harris at Sponsored by the UNC African Studies Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases.   Free.   Please Contact: Mamie Harris for more information.

Prof. Daniel Sayers
A Desolate Place for a Defiant People:
The Archeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7-9:00 PM
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC-CH

In the first thorough archaeological examination of this unique region, Daniel Sayers exposes and unravels the complex social and economic systems developed by these defiant communities that thrived on the periphery. He develops an analytical framework based on the complex interplay between alienation, diasporic exile, uneven geographical development, and modes of production to argue that colonialism and slavery inevitably created sustained critiques of American capitalism. Daniel O. Sayers is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University. This talk is part of the Stone Center Writer's Discussion Series. More Info   Free.   Please Contact: The Stone Center 919-962-9001 for more information.

Dia.gnosis Carolina Conference for Romance Studies
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Saturday, April 1, 2017, All day.
Location TBD.

The growing transdisciplinary nature of the humanities has shown how our analyses of literatures and cultures can strengthen when placed under multiple and sometimes unexpected lenses. Recent studies into the exchanges between neuroscience and philosophy, computer science and the arts, or ecology and literature, just to name a few, demonstrate scholars’ increasing interest in the rhizomatic nature of human interaction. In Romance Studies today, how are our explorations of literature, film, performance and language influenced by the sciences and vice versa? The 23rd annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies will explore these topics in an engaging multi-language, interdisciplinary conference. Please see the Call for Papers for more information on the conference and on submitting a paper.   Free.   Please Contact: Angela Ritter for more information.


Fifth Annual Global Africana Conference
Black Feminist Futures: Re-envisioning Gender & Sexuality in Global Black Communities

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Friday, April 7, 2017,
See description for event times.

The Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies will host their annual Global Africana Conference. Keynote Speakers will be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, acclaimed Nigerian author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah; and Faye Harrison, feminist anthropologist from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Event times: 4/6, 5 - 6:30 PM, Hyde Hall, University Room; 4/7, 9 AM - 5 PM, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge and also 4/7, 5:30-7 PM Stone Center, Auditorium. More Information and Registration   Free.   Please Contact: Stephanie Fore for more information.

Prof. Chérie Rivers Ndaliko
Necessary Noise:
Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 3:30-5 PM.
Bullshead Bookshop, UNC Student Stores, UNC-CH

In this talk, part of the Stone Center Writer’s Discussion Series, Prof. Ndaliko will discuss her new book Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo. While the DRC is often portrayed in international media as an unproductive failed state, the Congolese have turned increasingly to art-making to express their experience to external eyes. Author Chérie Rivers Ndaliko argues that cultural activism and the enthusiasm to produce art exists in Congo as a remedy for the social ills of war and as a way to communicate a positive vision of the country. Ndaliko introduces a memorable cast of artists, activists, and ordinary people from the North-Kivu province, whose artistic and cultural interventions are routinely excluded from global debates that prioritize economics, politics, and development as the basis of policy decision about Congo. Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is a professor in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-director of the Yole!Africa cultural center in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. More Info   Free.   Please Contact: The Stone Center 919-962-9001 for more information.

The Promotion of Democratic Governance in Africa by the African Union
Prof. Georges Nzongola

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Prof. Nzongola is the author of several books and numerous articles on African politics, development, and conflict issues. He is the editor of The Crisis in Zaire: Myths and Realities and of Conflict in the Horn of Africa, and co-editor of The State and Democracy in Africa and of The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (both the first and second editions). His major work, The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History, won the 2004 Best Book Award of the African Politics Conference Group (APCG), an organization of U.S.-based political scientists specializing on Africa. 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 for more information.

African Studies Center Spring Reception
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-7 PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Please join us in celebrating a year of successful programs, and in honoring retiring William E. Leuchtenburg Professor of African Studies, and Professor of Law, Dr. Bereket Selassie.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall for more information.

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