Studies in Contemporary Africa

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The seminar provides a lively forum for historians and social scientists engaged in the advanced study of Sub- Saharan Africa. Faculty and visiting scholars from Columbia University and neighboring institutions actively participate in the monthly evening sessions. Seminar discussions often focus on theoretical and comparative approaches to the study of colonial and contemporary states, processes in political mobilization and leader- ship, the impact of the international community, and the roles of gender and cultural identities.

Abosede George
Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Rhiannon Stephens
Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Titilola Halimat Somotan



09/22/2015 Faculty House
6:00 PM
‘Wealth’, ‘Poverty’ and the Question of Conceptual History in Uganda from c.1000 C.E
Rhiannon Stephens, Columbia University

10/08/2015 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Engaging Global Health during Ebola: Anthropological Knowledge Production and Translation
Anita Schroven, Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology

02/02/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Ujamaa Urban: Literature and city life in socialist Tanzania
Emily Callaci, University of Wisconsin-Madin

02/23/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM

Saida Hodžić , Cornell University

03/22/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM

Marie Rodet, School of Oriental and African Studies, London