The Divide that Binds?: African and African American Studies in Conversation (Series)
Featuring Professor Manthia Diawara (NYU)
Location: Stanhope Hall 201
Date/Time: 02/10/11 at 12:00 pm - 02/10/11 at 1:20 pm
This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 25 people. RSVP to Jennifer Loessy at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space at the talk.
Over the course of 2010-2011 âThe Divide That Binds?: African and African American Studies in Conversation,â? will bring four distinguished scholars to the Center for African American Studies to discuss the relationship between the two fields and to foster dialogue about what their collective future holds. Drawing on their own diverse experiences, as institution builders, pathbreaking scholars, and disciplinary innovators, our invited guests will address pressing questions about the logics involved in housing African and African American Studies separately or under a single umbrella. In convening this series we also seek to pay homage to the pioneering role that African American scholars and historically black universities played in founding African Studies in the United States. Manthia Diawara is the Distinguished University Professor of film and comparative literature and Director of the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University.
A native of Mali, Professor Diawara has published widely on film, visual arts, and literature of Africa and the African Diaspora. He is the author of several books, including: In Search of Africa (Harvard University Press, 2000); African Cinema: Politics & Culture (Indiana University Press, 1987); and the editor of Black Genius: African American Solutions to African American Problems (1999); Blackface (1999); Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader (1996); and Black American Cinema (1985). His book, We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World (New York: BasicCivitas Books, 2003), gained wide acclaim as a brilliant meditation on the existential experience of the postcolonial African intellectual. His most recent publication in African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics (Prestel, 2010)
Diawara is also a filmmaker, whose documentary films include "Rouch in Reverse," "Bamako Sigi Kan," "Conakry Kas," and âSembene Ousmane: The Making of African Cinema.â? More recently Diawara directed âMaison Tropicaleâ? (2008), as well as a film about the tragic return home of the celebrated Kenyan author NgÃ»gÃ® wa Thiong'o.
Professor Diawara received his education in France and later traveled to the United States for his university studies. He received his B.A. (1976) from the American University and his M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1985) from Indiana University.
Department: Center for African American Studies