Transnational Imaginations / Futures of African Studies

Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00to18:30
Arts Building Room 160, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5, CA

12-1pm: Lunch and Welcome Remarks

1-2:45 pm: Roundtable on Transnationalism and African Studies

Chair: Elizabeth Elbourne (McGill)

Jon Soske (McGill): “The Post-colonial/Indian Ocean Mash-up: African Studies after Chimurenga Magazine”

Andrew Ivaska (Concordia): "The Promise and Pitfalls of a Transregional African History: A View from Dar es Salaam’s ‘Global Sixties.’"

Monica Popescu (McGill): “African Intellectuals and the Cold War: Transnational Perspectives beyond Postcolonialism”

3-4:45 pm: Medicine, Language, and Law

Chair: Anna Winterbottom (McGill)

Facil Tesfaye (McGill): "Medicalizing the Colony: Robert Koch's Expeditions in German East Africa"

Erin Bell (McGill): "Three Little Girls in Prison': Defining Juvenile Offenders During the Mau Mau Uprising"

Lorna Mungur (McGill): “A Language at the Margins: the Status of Creole in Mauritius After Independence”

6 pm: Beatty Talk

"The Pragmatics and Perils of Critique: Barack Obama Sr.'s 1965 Reading of Kenya's Past and Future"

David William Cohen, Professor Emeritus, History and Anthropology, University of Michigan

Tuesday, April 30th

All events on Tuesday will be held in the McConnell Library Building LB 1014, Concordia University.

10am-11:45 am: Workshop with David William Cohen

Essays by David William Cohen to be discussed: "A Curator's Fingers:  Photographers, Subjects, and The Third Thing" and "The End of the Everyday, The End of the Ordinary"

Please note: Registration is required. To request the papers, please email the organizers.

12-1 pm: Lunch

1-2:45 pm: Trans-aesthetics

Chair: Katherine Zien (McGill)

Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi (University of Western Ontario): "Patriography, Kinship and Transnational Witnessing"

Antje Ziethen (McGill): "Transnational Geographies in African literature: A Narratological Exploration"

Pascal Gaudette (McGill): “The Presence of Africa, or the Ontological Status of African Drumming and Dancing”

3-5:00 pm: Transnational Civil Societies

Chair: Leander Schneider (Concordia)

Monica Patterson (Concordia): “Transnational (Re)figurings: Children’s Drawings from Apartheid South Africa”

Rachel Sandwell (McGill): “‘Pregnancy as Sabotage’: The ANC in Exile and the Limits of Cadreship”

Elleni Centime Zeleke (York): "To Truncate, Surpass or Realize Civil Society: Listening to the Silences in African History”

5:30 pm: Keynote Lecture

"Islam in the South African Imaginatio n from Slavery to Post-apart heid"

Gabeba Baderoon, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies, Penn State University

For additional information, please contact monica.popescu [at] mcgill.ca, andrew.ivaska [at] concordia.ca, or jon.soske [at] mcgill.ca

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