Studies in Contemporary Africa

  • Founded
    1956
  • Seminar Number
    435

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.


Co-Chairs
Professor Gregory Mann
gm522@columbia.edu

Professor Rhiannon Stephens
rs3169@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Yayra Sumah
ays2124@columbia.edu

Welcome

Meetings

09/21/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Queen Njinga of Angola: A Necessary Icon in Contemporary Angola?
Linda Heywood, Boston University
Abstract




POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2018
7:30 PM
Street Cosmopolitanism: Conductors and passengers in a Matatu
Kenda Mutongi, Williams College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract




11/02/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Ritual and Protest in the Struggle over Mbale Town, Eastern Uganda 1954 – 62
Pamela Khanakwa, Makerere University
Abstract




02/08/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Crises of Passage: Civil Servants, Modern Careers and Rituals in Mali
Isaie Dougnon, Fordham University




03/29/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Students of the world: Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese educated elite, and distant mediations in the global 1960s
Pedro Monaville, New York University-Abu Dhabi