FALL 2014

October 8
Ebola and Global Health Diplomacy”
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker
Affiliation:  Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
12PM, 216 Aaron Burr Hall

Kongo Arts in Africa and the World

September 29 
Cécile Fromont (University of Chicago)
“The Art of Conversion: Kongo Christian Visual Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic World”
4:30 P.M.
McCormick 106

October 13       
Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz (Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town)
“Ma kisi nsi:  Kongo a Sansala Art”
4:30 P.M.
McCormick 106

November 12
Debora Silverman (UCLA)
“Kongo or Congo? Violence, Modernism and the Visual Unconscious of Belgian Colonialism, 1897-2013”
 5:30 P.M.
 McCormick 101

November 17       
Donald Cosentino (UCLA, Emeritus)
 “Four Moments Revisited: Kongo in the American Imaginary”
4:30 P.M.
McCormick 106

This lecture series is cosponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology and Center for African American Studies.  It is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Kongo across the Waters at the Princeton University Art Museum (October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015). 

Related Lectures:

October 25
Jason Young (University of Buffalo), “Kongo in Carolina: Art, History and the Politics of Authenticity,”
5:00P.M., McCosh 50

November 6
Wyatt MacGaffey (Haverford College, Emeritus), “Art of Power, Power of Art,”
5:30P.M., McCormick 101

November 20
Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University), In conversation with artists René Stout and Radcliffe Bailey, 5:30P.M., Art Museum Galleries


The Program in African Studies provides a weekly Indaba where informal discussions on matters pertaining to Africa take place. The breakfast discussions, open to all, are held on Wednesdays from 8:00–9:00 a.m., in 216 Aaron Burr Hall.

September 24     
“Negotiating the Nature State: Conservation and the State in North-Central Namibia, 1920-2000,”
Emmanuel Kreike, History

October 1            
“The Rwanda Government’s Genocide Narrative in Comparative Context”
Annette Seegers, WWS, University of Cape Town

October 8            
“When the Sorting Hat Does Not Sort: A Natural Experiment on Culture”
Joan Ricart-Huguet, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

October 15          
“Big data and old diseases: discovering what drives rubella dynamics and why measles still kills children in Africa”
C. Jessica Metcalf, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

October 22          
“Uganda Lacrosse and Sport as a Development Tool”
Anya Gersoff

October 29          
No Indaba – Fall Recess

November 5        
“Schooling as a Collapsible Power in Post-War Liberia”
Eva Harman, Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology
November 12      
“Title TBD”
Daniel Rubenstein

November 19      
“Title TBD”
Sarah Rich, (RISE, IAS)

November 26      
“Reduplication in Akan-Twi: a morphological and phonological interface”
Hannah Essien, Program in African Studies

December 3        
“Books, Goods and Guns: The Political Returns of Colonialism”
Joan Ricart-Huguet, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

December 10      
“Title TBD”
Carolyn Rouse


Vampires and Zombies, the Better to Theorize You With
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
201 Stanhope
Sponsored by the Princeton African Studies Program and the Center for African American Studies

February 26
The Return of Khulekani Khumalo, Zombie Captive: Identity, Law, and Paradoxes of Personhood in the Postcolony
Jean Comaroff, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and author of Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance and Theory from the South

March 26
Zombie Trajectories: On the Migration of the Undead in the Afro-Atlantic Worlds

Tobias Wendl, Professor for the Arts of Africa, Freie Universität Berlin, and author of Zombies: Die Lebenden Toten in Haiti, Hollywood und Nigeria

April 2
Swahili Talk about Supernatural Sodomy
Katrina Daly Thompson, Associate Professor of African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and author of "Violating Gendered Speech Prohibitions through Talk about Supernatural Sex"

April 16
African Vampires in the Age of Globalization
David McNally, Professor of Political Science, York University, and author of Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

April 23
Lesbian Mermaids, Occult Melodramas, and West African Video-Film

Lindsey Green-Simms, Assistant Professor of Literature, American University, amd, author of the book-in-progress Postcolonial Automobility: West Africa and the Road to Globalization


The Program in African Studies provides a weekly Indaba where informal discussions on matters pertaining to Africa take place. The breakfast discussions, open to all, are held on Wednesdays from 8:00–9:00 a.m., in 216 Aaron Burr Hall.

February 5, 2014
Meningitis in Mali: Impact of Vaccination
Nicole Basta, Associate Research Scholar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

February 12

February 19
Contraceptive Use and Marital Status in Sub-Saharan Africa
Takudzwa Sayi, Ph.D. Candidate, Office of Population Research

February 26
The Transformation of Kenya’s Political Discourse through Satirical Theatre
Mahri Mwita, PIIRS, Princeton University

March 5
Refugee Presence and Perceptions of Citizenship Exclusivity in Africa
Yang-Yang Zhou, Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Politics

March 12
Preserving East African Memory Using Raw Voices

Ndirangu Wachanga, University of Wisconsin

March 19
No Indaba – Spring Recess

March 26
Inventing Images in the Bamum Kingdom, 1895-1940

Jonathan Fine, Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Art and Archaeology

April 2
Snapshot of Contemporary Nigeria
Adedoyin Teriba, Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Art and Archaeology
John Vincent, Retired Foreign Service Officer

April 9
Can Cattle Grazing be Used for Wildlife Conservation?
Jennifer Schieltz, Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

April 16
Anglo-Rhodesian diplomacy 1963-65
Elise Prosperetti, ‘14, History

APril 23
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations 

Senior Thesis Presentations
Program in African Studies Certificate Students

FALL 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013
2014 Princeton in Dar es Salaam
Informational Meeting

216 Aaron Burr Hall

To register, contact Rebecca Aguas,


October 12, 2013
MIMA presents Antibalas
Antibalas, celebrating the legacy of Fela Kuti and Afrobeat music
Opening act: Tuelo & Her Cousins
8 p.m.
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217 267-0363

Cosponsored by the Program in African Studies

Friday, November 15, 2013
Inside South Africa's Transition: Challenges to Post-Liberation Governance
Barry Gilder, author
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mandela: Man, Myth, and Memory
Panel Discussion on Mandela's contributions to Africa and the World

Panelists: Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs; and Emmanuel Kreike, professor of history; and doctoral students Kim Worthington (African studies) who served in the post-1994 South African African National Congress government, and Saarah Jappie (history).
5 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Cosponsored with the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

The Program in African Studies provides a weekly Indaba where informal discussions on matters pertaining to Africa take place. The breakfast discussions, open to all, are held on Wednesdays from 8:00–9:00 a.m., in 216 Aaron Burr Hall.

September 18
Filming Kenya’s Wildlife and People: The Art of Science Story Telling

Daniel Rubenstein, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

September 25
Diversity and Conservation of Malagasy Ebonies
George Schatz, Curator, Research Division, Africa and Madagascar Department, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

October 2
Style Erasing History: The case of "Aguda" Architecture in Lagos (1894 -1914)
Adedoyin Teriba, Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Archaeology

October 9
Counterinsurgency, Forced Removals, and Environment in South Africa, 1970s-1980s
Emmanuel Kreike, History

October 16
“Balloting Rwanda” and the Democratic Question
David Kiwuwa, Fung Global Fellow

October 23
Recent Re-evaluations of the ‘Out of Africa’ Theory of Modern Human Origins
Alan Mann, Anthropology

October 30
No Indaba – Fall Recess

November 6
Why Do Babies Still Die in Rural Africa? Preliminary Findings of the Zithulele Births Follow-Up Study

Karl le Roux, Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Health and Wellbeing

November 13
Politics and Ethics: Running an NGO in Dawhenya, Ghana
Christiana Agawu, Program in African Studies

November 20
The Cycle of Violence and Commitment to Violent Groups
Rebecca Littman & Bethany Park

November 27
Relationships between Fertility and Marriage Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Takudzwa Sayi, Ph.D. Candidate, Office of Population Research, WWS

December 4
Marriageable Mates: Partnership Formation as an HIV Prevention Strategy in Rural Uganda
Elizabeth Sully, Ph.D. Candidate, Office of Population Research, WWS

December 11
What Explains Ethnic Regionalism? The Effect of Political and Economic Geography
Joan Ricart-Huguet, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics



The Program in African Studies sponsors Akwaaba, the Princeton African Students' Association. "Akwaaba" means "welcome" in Akan, a Ghanaian language, and, as the name implies, its policy is to welcome all people interested in culture and affairs of the Africa and its diaspora. Among the association's goals are organizing events aimed at educating the Princeton community on the rich and diverse cultures of the African continent as well as the issues affecting it, fostering initiatives linking students to various organizations in Africa, and encouraging and supporting African students applying to the University. So as the Akan would say, "akwaaba." Check the calendar for the times and dates of coming events, and see the Akwaaba website for more information.


The graduate students studying Africa have made a concerted effort to develop a cohesive community within Princeton University. The creation of Thingira, the African Graduate Student Forum, is their most significant contribution toward this end. With generous support from the Program in African Studies, graduates meet every two weeks to discuss African art and literature, research problems, and contemporary issues facing the continent, among other topics. Thingira also provides graduates with the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from fellow students. In addition, students use the forum as a sounding board for their future research plans. In the coming year, Thingira meetings will host graduate student speakers from other universities in the area. Thingira events are open to the University community and are advertised throughout the campus.

In addition to Thingira, graduate students at Princeton can participate in the annual New York Area African History Conference, an event aimed at showcasing the work of graduates studying Africa. This conference is held at nearby Rutgers University.

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