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


September 19
Amnesty in South Africa
Annette Seegers, Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School

September 26
Native Medical Auxiliaries in Colonial Algeria: A Prosopograhical Approach

Hannah-Louise Clark, Ph.D. Candidate, Program in History of Science

October 3
Using the Past to Imagine the Future: Development Planning for a Tanzanian-Zambian Railway, 1925-1975
Michelle Bourbonniere, Ph.D. Candidate, African History, Stanford University

October 10
Competing with Refugees:  The Politics of Generosity, Rejection, and Delegation

Lamis Abdelaaty, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

How to Do Things to Children with Words: Rituals of Lexical Reform in a Pediatric AIDS Clinic
Betsey Brada, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Health and Wellbeing

October 24
Studying Geladas in the Ethiopian Highlands

Caitlin Barale, 4th year Graduate Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

November 14
Napoleon in Egypt
Robert Tignor Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, emeritus, Princeton University

November 21
South Sudan: Civil War, Predation, and the Making of a Military Aristocracy
Clemence Pinaud, Ph.D. Candidate, History, Universite Paris 1 Sorbonne

November 28
Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs: Transforming Students to Transform the Environment
Nancy Rubenstein and Stephanie Siller '13

December 5
Market-based Conservation: Assessing Food Security and Technology Adoption in the Luangwa Valley, ZambiaKimberly Bothi, Research Affiliate, Consultant, International Conservation

December 12
Cows, Wildlife, and People: Can They Live Together?
Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1977 Professor of Zoology; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Director, Program in African Studies

February 6
Medical Humanitarianism in the Age of Global Health Education: A Pilot Research and Teaching Project in Sierra Leone
Peter Locke, Associate Professional Specialist, WWS

February 13
By Bread Alone? Promoting Science in Africa and Elsewhere
Samuel G. Philander,Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences

February 20
Colonialism and Economic Development in Africa

James Robinson, Harvard University

February 27
Cutting Pice and Running Away: Missionary Discipline and African Reactions at the UMCA Boy's Industrial House, Zanzibar, 1901-1905
Morgan Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate, History

March 6
Rapid Results: Building Capacity, Changing Norms
Rushda Majeed and Yoni Friedman, Senior Research Specialists, Innovations for Successful Societies

March 13
Innovations in Conservation: Successful New Approaches in Southern Africa to Create Large Protected AreasHerbert Prins, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

March 27
Foreign Reporters Armed to Attack Kenya: 2013 Election as Contestation Space between Western and Local Mediascapes of the ‘African problem’
Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer in Swahili, Program in African Studies, PIIRS

April 3
League of Nations and the Colonial State: Campaign Against Child Trafficking in Southeastern Nigeria, 1930s
Robin Chapdelaine, Program Manager, African School of Economics

April 10
Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) - Partnerships and Progress
Lori Mulcare, Program Associate, Institute for Advanced Study

April 17
Traditional Africa Peace-Making Culture
Ephraim Isaac, Scholar and Director, Institute of Semitic Studies

April 24
Senior Thesis Presentations
Program in African Studies Certificate Students     

May 1
Senior Thesis Presentations
Program in African Studies Certificate Students                    



Building Common-Interest States in Africa
Lecture Series. Lunch will be provided at the noon events.

Friday, October 5
Building Institutions at the Micro Level: Results from a Field Experiment in Property Dispute and Conflict Resolution
Christopher Blattman
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University
Noon/Robertson Hall, Room 015

Friday, October 19
State versus Consumer Regulation: An Evaluation of Two Road Safety Interventions in Kenya
James Habyarimana
Associate Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Georgetown University
Robertson Hall, Room 015
Click here for working paper

Wednesday, November 28
What Prognosis for the Crisis in Mali? Fragile States and Islamist Challenges in Sahel

Leonardo Villalón
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the Center for African Studies
University of Florida
4:30 p.m.


Spring 2013
Wednesday, February 27
An American in Tahrir: Notes on Year Three of the Egyptian Revolution
Ellis J. Goldberg, University of Washington
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Popular Literature and Youth Identity in East Africa
Fikeni Senkoro, University of Dar es Salaam
4:30 p.m.
216 Aaron Burr Hall


September 21

Nutrition Scarcity and HIV/AIDS Education in South Africa

Sojung Yi ’12 and Alan Utria ’12

September 28
Landscape Histories and Literary Ecologies: Thoughts on the Emergence of Ecocriticism in African Literature
Taylor Young, GS (English)

October 5
Information, Citizenship, and Education in East Africa: Preliminary Results from a Randomized Field Study

Evan Lieberman, Department of Politics

October 12
The Effect of Biodiversity on the Transmission of Diseases: Schistosomiasis in Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika, Tanzania
Claire Standley, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

October 19
African Drylands and the Global Carbon Cycle
Frances O'Donnell (Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

October 26
Notes from Ethnographic Research on Oromo Ex-Political Prisoners from Two Eras of Ethiopian Politics

Kulani Jalata ’12

November 9
Wealth, Witches, and Tiefman: Unintended Consequences of an Income-Generation Project in Kono, Sierra-Leone
Raphael Frankfurter '13

November 16
When Good Neighbors Don’t Need Fences:  The Economics of Territoriality in Savannah Baboons

Catherine Markham (Graduate Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

November 30
Potential Interactions between Climate Change, Agriculture, and Biodiversity Conservation in South Africa
Lyndon Estes, Woodrow Wilson School Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

December 7
Jeanne Altmann, Professor Emeritus, Scholar, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

December 14
Model Village, Model Shelter, Model Prison: Nhangau and the Legacies of Colonialism in Central Mozambique
Zachary Guthrie, GS (history)

February 8
Complex Trajectories of Legal Status among Senegalese Migrants in Europe
Erik Vickstrom, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, and the Office of Population Research

February 15
Race in North Africa: French Portrayals of the Indigenous, 1820-1850
Edna Bonhomme, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Science

February 22
Defining the Boundaries of the Sudanese Economy: a New Currency and Economic Survey
Alden Young, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

February 29
Volunteer Soldiers for Life: Recruiting in Sierra Leone, 1812-1815
Padraic X. Scanlan, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

March 7
Life in Miniature: Asante Goldweights from the Collection of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
Kristen Windmuller, Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Archaeology

March 14
Lessons from Liberia: Learning from Case Studies on Liberia’s Postconflict Police Reform and Civil Service Reform
Laura Bacon, Associate Director, Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS)
Jonathan Friedman, Senior Research Specialist, Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS)

March 28
Partnership Concurrency and Coital Frequency in Rural Malawi
Lauren Gaydosh, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology and Social Policy

April 4
Authorized and Unauthorized Associations: A Discussion of Livelihoods and Lifeways outside Western Serengeti, Tanzania
Celeste Alexander, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology

April 11
Policy Deliberation and Election Outcomes: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Benin

Leonard Wantchekon, Politics

April 18
Race, Civilization, and Violence in the 1961 Election on Zanzibar
Morgan Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

April 25
We Want What’s Ours: Land Restitution in South Africa
Bernadette Atuahene, LAPA Fellow, Visiting Associate Research Scholar, WWS

May 2
Certificate Students Senior Thesis Presentations


African Film Series
7:30 p.m.
106 McCormick Hall

This fall the Program in African Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, and the Center for African American Studies present a series featuring films from Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. Hosted by Professor Wendy Belcher as a companion to COM/AFS/AAS 239, the series is open to the public. Click here for film titles and screening dates.

Wednesday, October 19
Africa, Latin America, and the Conundrum of Identity
Ibrahim Sundiata, Brandeis University
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Cosponsored with the Program in Latin American Studies

Wednesday, October 26
To Defeat Racialism Whenever It Raises Its Ugly Head: Africa and American Political Life in the 1960s
James H. Merriwether, California State University Channel Islands
216 Aaron Burr Hall

November 11-12
Collective Motion 2.0: Developing Empowered Communities
Conference on Sustainable Development
Bernard Amadei, EWB-USA founder
Hamish Fraser, Partners in Health
Nat Paynter, charity:water
Megha Agrawal, Unreasonable Institute
Riall Nolan, author of Developmental Anthropology
Carl A. Fields Center


Tuesday, March 6
Ugandan Drumming and Dance
Alfdaniels Mabingo
New York University
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Friday, March 16
Black Morocco: A History of Slavery and Islam

Chouki El Hamel
Arizona State University
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, March 27
The Women Writing Africa Project: African Women, Feminism, and the Production of Knowledge

Abena Busia
Rutgers University
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, April 24
Beating Swords into Poems: What Role for the Humanities in Liberia’s Postwar Recovery?
C. Patrick Burrowes
Penn State University, Harrisburg
216 Aaron Burr Hall

Tuesday, May 1
Senior Thesis Presentations
AFS Certificate Seniors
216 Aaron Burr Hall



February 2
Laura Cunial (Norwegian Refugee Council and the Rural Development Institute)
“Housing, Land, and Property in Liberia”

February 9
Corinne Kendall (EEB)
“The Impacts of Human Activities on the Avian Scavenger Guild”

February 16
Alden Young (Ph.D. Candidate, History)
“Sudan after Empire: Planning for Development”

February 23
Mariana Candido (History)
“Benguela, the Rise of an African Slave Port”

March 2
Tyson Roberts (Politics)
"Foreign Finance, Political Constraints, and Development Strategy in Africa"

March 9
Nick Nesbitt (French and Italian)
'Reification and Rationalization in Postcolonial African Music: The Mande and the Ballets Africains'

March 23
Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Woodrow Wilson School)
“The Social Psychological Effects of a Democracy Promotion Radio Program in Southern Sudan"

March 30
Emma Impink (Barnard College, '10)
“Land Use and Tenure Challenges in Southern Kenya”

April 6
John Vincent (U.S. Foreign Service Officer, retired)
"East Africa and the Horn: A Special Problem for U.S. Foreign Policy"

April 13
Cordelia Person and Stephanie Hooper (Princeton in Africa)
“Creating Young Leaders Who Are Committeed to Africa's Development"

April 20
Marcia Schenck (Ph.D. Candidate, History)
“Bain's Bushmen and the Birth of the Bushman Myth"

April 27
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations

May 4
Program in African Studies Certificate Students
Senior Thesis Presentations


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