Fall 2015

Oct 14, 2015  ·  5:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.  ·  McCosh 10

South African visual artist William Kentridge will discuss "O Sentimental Machine," a new video/sound/installation piece he is now constructing for the Istanbul Biennale.

African Studies Open Seminar Series
(12 p.m. select Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted)
216 Aaron Burr Hall

September 29                         
Postcolonial Modernism Book Party
4:30 p.m.                                
Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University)
219 Aaron Burr Hall  

October 13                             
“Queer Questions for African Literary Studies: Responses, Futures, and Debates”
Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

November 12 (Thursday)       
“Hedging the Future”
Charles Piot (Duke University)

December 8                            
“Memory, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Post-Civil War South Eastern Nigeria”
Godwin Onuoha (Princeton University)

(12 p.m. select Tuesdays)
216 Aaron Burr Hall

October 6                   
“Msimulizi and the Everyday Narration of Community in Eastern Africa, 1888-1896”
Morgan Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate, History

October 20                 
“The Trans-Saharan Slave Trade and the Bubonic Plague in the Late Eighteenth-Century Egypt”
Edna Bonhomme, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science Program

November 17            
“Natural Resources, Ethnicity and Colonial Investments”
Joan Ricart-Huguet, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics
December 1                
“Diverging Memories of Angolan and Mozambican Labor Migration to the German Democratic Republic: Public and Private Remembrances and Silences”
Marcia Schenck, Ph.D. Candidate, History          

December 15
“Books by Sea: Southern African Hydrocolonial Literary Histories”
Isabel Hofmeyr, University of Witwatersrand
4:30 p.m.
216 ABH  


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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