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

09/15/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
New Materialities in Africa
Florence Bernault, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract




10/13/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Smuggling Rice Babies: Food Security and State Intrusions in Early Postcolonial Mali
Laura Ann Twagira, Wesleyan University
Abstract




11/03/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Making ‘Artisanal’ Miners, Appropriating West African Mineral Expertise
Robyn d’Avignon, New York University
Abstract




02/16/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Resource Specialists and the Foundations of Portuguese-Ruvuma Trade, c. 1500-1700
Andrea Felber Seligman, City College, CUNY
Abstract




03/09/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
“Wards of the State”: Métis Children, Education, and Care in Colonial-Era West and Equatorial Africa
Rachel Jean Baptiste, University of California, Davis
Abstract




03/29/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Rasta and Reparations: The Mau Mau War in Jamaica
Myles Osborne, University of Colorado
Abstract




04/20/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Nkrumah, Cocoa and the United States: The Vision of an Industrial African Nation-State
Emmanuel Akyeampong, Harvard University
Abstract