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 leadership, the impact of the international community, and the roles of gender and cultural identities.

Professor Abosede George

Professor Hlonipha A. Mokoena

Titilola Halimat Somotan

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/18/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Rationalizing Chronic Disease in Young Nations: Cancer, Aging and Experts in India and South Africa (1940-50s)
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Columbia University

10/16/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
The 'Crisis' of History in West Africa and the Problem of the Historical Fact: 1975-1985.
Sean Hanretta, Northwestern University

11/06/2014 Knox Hall Room 207
6:00 PM
Yinka Shonibare and the Other Victorians.
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University

11/18/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Women’s Internationalism and the Politics of Nation-Building in Early Independent Ghana
Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Dartmouth College