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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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Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel Prof. Barbara Cooper

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 5:00 PM
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Barbara M. Cooper is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her new book, Countless Blessings, is a book on the history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel. Prof. Cooper sets out to understand childbirth in a country with the world’s highest fertility rate and an alarmingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality. She shows how the environment, slavery and abolition, French military rule, and the rapid expansion of Islam have all influenced childbirth and fertility in Niger from the 19th century to the present day. 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. Light refreshments will be served.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall for more information.

Using Digital Resources for African Studies
Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM
Zoom format

Join us for a Zoom session for graduate students on conducting research in African Studies using UNC's digital resources, with Joanneke Elliott, UNC's African Studies and West European Studies Librarian. More details to come soon. Please come prepared with your questions or send questions ahead to   Free.   Please Contact: Ada Umenwaliri for more information.

Forecasting Africa 2035
Friday, April 17, 2020,
Zoom format

The Forecasting Africa 2035 interdisciplinary conference is organized to encourage dialogue and expand research interest and support around critical and emerging issues of interest to relevant faculty and students. ASC plans to pull from our trans-university expertise in African Studies as we consider the implications of demographic and structural shifts that are projected to occur on the continent starting in 2035. The conference is designed to serve as a clearing house for research and new ideas, an idea generating forum and a networking space for the university community, especially students.   Free.   Please Contact: Stacey Sewall for more information.


Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: A Workshop on Chichewa Language and Malawi Culture
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - Saturday, June 27, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM (Subject to Change)
Zoom format

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.  Attendance at all sessions is strongly recommended. Please register by emailing Mamie Harris at and also contact Mamie for additional questions.   The workshop will be offered via Zoom.  More details will be provided to registered participants. Postponed: Tentatively Scheduled for Saturdays in June 2020, May be postponed until Spring 2021. Decision will be made in May 2020.   Free.   Please Contact: Mamie Harris for more information.

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