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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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November

Fragments of Glass, Flashes of Spirit:
Mirror Divination and Ritual Arts in Southwestern Congolese Religion
Prof. Kyrah Malika Daniels

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:30 PM.
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, UNC-CH

Kyrah Malika Daniels is Assistant Professor of Art History and African & African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. Her research interests and course topics include Africana religions, sacred arts and material culture, race, religion and visual culture, and ritual healing traditions in the Black Atlantic. Her first book manuscript (When the Spirit is Ill, in progress) is a comparative religion project that examines key ritual art objects used in healing ceremonies to treat spiritual illnesses and mental health conditions in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 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.


History and Current Research Trends at IFAN
Dr. Abdoulaye Touré

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 5:30 PM
Fedex Global Education Center, Room 1009, UNC-CH

Dr. Touré is Director of Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) and will be giving a talk on the history of IFAN. A research institute which began as part of the French colonial project, IFAN redefined itself in independence and became a truly African institution with important collections from across West 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 sewall@email.unc.edu for more information.



January

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.



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.



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