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The seminar provides a lively forum for scholars 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 focus on theoretical and comparative approaches to the study of colonial and contemporary states, processes in political mobilization and leadership, the roles of gender and cultural identities, the arts, media, and cultural studies.

Robyn d’Avignon

Laura Fair

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

Anusha Sundar 

Advisory and Steering Committee
Emanuel Admassu
Robyn d’Avignon
Nisrin Elamin
Laura Fair
Abosede George
Vivian Chenxue Lu
Daniel Magaziner
Nana Osei-Opare
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi
Rhiannon Stephens
Matthew Swagler
Adedoyin Teriba

Meeting Schedule

09/27/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Nuclear Ambitions in African-Indian Entanglements: The End of Non-Violence and Solidarity
Shobhana Shankar, Stony Brook University

11/29/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Nubia Still Exists
Menna Agha, Carleton University

02/07/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
On the Historiographies of Futurity
Ikem Stanley Okoye, University of Delaware

03/07/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
A Revolution of Letters: Writing and the Politics of Postcolonial Citizenship in Somalia
Safia Aidid, University of Toronto