AFS Lecture
March 27, 2015
106 McCormick Hall
Title TBD
Paul Zeleza, Quinnipiac University
Cosponsored by the Center for African American Studies


Wednesdays, 8-9AM, 216 Aaron Burr Hall

February 4
Kristin Bietsch, Ph.D. Candidate, Office of Population Research
“Young Men’s Sexual Health in Northern Cameroon”

February 11
Joshua Daskin *14, Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
“History and Future of Ecology and Conservation in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique”

February 18
Dominic Burbidge, Postdoctoral Research Associate, James Madison Program
“The Achilles Heel of Kenyan Democracy: Widespread Expectations of Widespread Corruption”

February 25
Valentin Seidler, The Institute for Advanced Study
“The Role of Bureaucrats in Building Institutions in Newly Independent Africa”

March 4
Takudzwa Sayi, Ph.D. Candidate, Office of Population Research
“Economic Crisis and Fertility Transition in Zimbabwe”

March 11
Hannah Essien, Twi Lecturer, PIIRS
“Reduplication in Akan-Twi: A Morphological and Phonological Interface”

March 18
No Indaba – Spring Recess

March 25
Yetunde Olaiya, Ph.D. Candidate, Architecture
A City for 20,000: Design, Decolonization, and the Cold War in Fria, Guinea (1955-65).”

April 1
Yang-Yang Zhou, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics
Title TBD

April 8
Olindo De Napoli (IAS)
"The Right to the Colonies. Legal Ideologies of the Italian Imperialism"

April 15
Title and Speaker TBD

April 22
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations 

April 29
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations                            


FALL 2014

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 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





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

October 23
Sharlene Swartz
Cracks of Light: Social Restitution for South Africa's Future
4:30 P.M.
216 Aaron Burr Hall

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 Liberia”
Eva Harman, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology
November 12      
“Kenya’s Zebras: Tidbits and Why they Matter”
Daniel Rubenstein, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

November 19      
“African Science PhDs on the RISE: Two Perspective on the Regional Initiative in Science and Education”
Sarah Rich, RISE, IAS and Joelia Nasaka, RISE-AFNNET Ph.D.

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      
“An Open Discussion on Ghana and So-Called Africa Rising”
Carolyn Rouse


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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