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

Samuel Daly
Columbia University



04/22/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Religious Nationalism in Northern Nigeria: Reliving the Colonial Past, Producing Histories beyond the British Archive
Professor Shobana Shankar, SUNY Stony Brook

04/08/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Something Torn and New: A Conversation with Njideka Akunyili
Njideka Akunyili,

03/04/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Fugitive Modernities, Spirit Biographies and the Trans-Atlantic Politics of Reputation: Angola and the Americas in the Seventeenth Century
Professor Jessica Krug, George Washington University

02/06/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
In Her Own Words: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and the Auto/biography of an Archive
Professor Judith Byfield , Cornell University, Institute for Advanced Study

11/12/2013 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Traditional Marriage for the Modern Nation: Family Formation and the Politics of Religion in Colonial Cameroon
Professor Charlotte Walker-Said, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

10/15/2013 Faculty House
6:00 PM
The Poverty Question in South Africa, Past and Present
Professor Grace Davie, Queens College (CUNY)

09/24/2013 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Changing the Subject?: Psychological Counselling in Eastern Africa
Professor Megan Vaughan, CUNY Graduate Center