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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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January

Prof. Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch
Fashioning Cultural Policy and Transnational Projects in Post-Independent Ghana: The Case of the Arts Council of Ghana

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005, UNC-CH

Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch is an Associate Professor of African History at Dartmouth. This paper explores the development of cultural organizations in Ghana’s post-independence era. It highlights the ways in which civil society organizations in the cultural realm-- such as the Arts Council of Ghana--became alternative sites for Ghanaians to envision the development of the nation’s cultural and intellectual life, while engaging with international bodies through shared cultural projects despite the volatile political and economic climate of the 1960s-1980s. Prof. Sackeyfio-Lenoch utilizes previously unused archival records to trace the development of cultural projects and the goals of the Arts Council of Ghana during the transformative era of post-independence Africa. This talk is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Writing from the Silence
Prof. Marie-Celie Agnant

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:00 PM.
Dey Hall, Toy Lounge, UNC-CH

Marie-Celie Agnant is a Haitian-Quebecois author who writes about the diasporic experience. From Agnant, "My presentation which includes readings of extracts of some of my prose and also poetry, is a testimony in which I expose what I consider as a very personal vision of my work as a writer, the underlying motives of this creative act, as well as the various legacies which intervene in my writing process. Among those: Silence. It is out of that silence, from the silence and against that silence that I write, and from that place where silence becomes violence. By so doing I also try to question the ways of representation of the political, historical and literary discourse, as well as the boundaries dictated by fiction."   Free.   Please Contact: Angela Ritter alpeters@email.unc.edu for more information.


David Ngendo Tshimba
The Logic of the Republic under Siege: Political Violence in the Rwenzori Borderlands on the Morrow of Independence

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005, UNC-CH

David Ngendo Tshimba is an MISR PhD Fellow from Makerere University. He writes that Africanist scholarship, from the dawn of post-independence era, has grappled with the theme of (political) violence, and more particularly the possibility of gaining a fuller understanding of how violence, especially when on a large scale, (re)shapes state-society relations. This chapter—part of a larger doctoral study which historically inquires into violence in the borderlands of Democratic Republic of the Congo’s and Uganda’s Rwenzori region—casts a critical historical gaze at the Rwenzururu Secessionist Movement (RSM) under the leadership of Isaya Mukirane (1962-4) in view of new archival evidence and ethnographic fieldwork. This talk is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



February

SERSAS Spring Meeting
Friday, February 8, 2019 - Saturday, February 9, 2019, All day.
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

The Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) and the SouthEast Africanist Network (SEAN) are pleased to announce a joint conference to be hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill. Conference theme and CFP will be announced shortly.   Cost varies.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.


Chef Njathi Kabui
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:30 PM.
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 2008/2010, UNC-CH

Njathi Kabui is an internationally celebrated organic chef, urban farmer, and food activist. Kabui was born in rural Kenya to a coffee farmer mother and restaurant owner father, both of whom took an active role in the Kenyan independence movement. Immigrating to the United States at the age of 20, Chef Kabui earned Masters degrees in both Medical and Urban Anthropology at the University of Memphis and a Bachelors in Political Science and Philosophy Studies at the historically black LeMoyne-Owen College. He is committed to changing the way society views food, justice, and sustainability. This talk is part of the Jama series sponsored by the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes. The Jama is open to all area faculty and graduate students in any discipline.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



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