Aug. 24, 2013 by mbnelson
About African Studies @ Wes:
Wesleyan University’s African Studies Cluster is devoted to facilitating a deeper understanding and engagement with Africa for the Wesleyan Community and beyond. We bring together a diverse array of courses focusing on Africa, culling the interests of faculty specializing in Africa from a wide variety of disciplines. This broadly interdisciplinary cluster focuses on a large geographic region that is of great historical, cultural, political, and artistic importance and interest to American university students, not to mention American society in general. The cluster promotes interdisciplinary learning in the best of liberal arts traditions.
Photos courtesy of Olivia Drake and various students and faculty.
Nov. 21, 2013 by mbnelson
Our very own Professor of History, Richard A. Elphick, has been nominated for the African Studies Association’s Melville J. Herskovits Award for his book, The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa (Charlottesville, and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012). The Award honors the most outstanding book published in African Studies in the previous year. The winner will be announced at the annual conference this weekend.
For more information: http://www.africanstudies.org/publications/asa-news/november-2013-56th-annual-meeting/276-2013-melville-j-herskovits-award-finalists
Nov. 19, 2013 by mbnelson
Colloquium – Su Zheng, Li Yinbei, Ma Chengcheng, Sun Yan
Exploring Music in China’s New African Diaspora—An Innovative U.S.-China Team Research Project
This Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Location: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Since the 1990s, African traders and investors have made their way to China as a result of the rapid surge of China-Africa trade. There are now somewhere between 30,000 and 200,000 African migrants living in Guangzhou. Su Zheng led a research team of threegraduate students from Shanghai Conservatory to explore music in Guangzhou’s African communities. They will present their research on various African diasporic music scenes in Guangzhou and discuss the theoretical and methodological issues that arose in this innovative cross-cultural, cross-national team research process.
Su Zheng is associate professor of Music at Wesleyan University. LI Yinbei, MA Chengcheng, SUN Yan are graduate students in ethnomusicology from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China.
Oct. 27, 2013 by mbnelson
Oct. 11, 2013 by mbnelson
‘Leo Africanus’ Discovers Comedy: A Mediterranean Adventure
From Wesleyan’s Website:
Sep. 15, 2013 by Ann Tanasi
This talk stages a dialogue between two theatrical traditions at the end of the Middle Ages: the popular theater of the Arabic and Islamic world and the theater of Christian Europe. It does so through the adventures of Hasan al-Wazzan (“Leo Africanus”), a Moroccan traveler and diplomat, who was captured by Christian pirates in 1518 and spent several years in Italy as a seeming convert before returning to North Africa. The talk reflects on possible limits to cultural exchange and on the continuing vigor of alternate cultural traditions.
Natalie Zemon Davis has received honorary degrees from numerous universities in the United States and Europe. In 1987 she served as President of the American Historical Association. In recognition of her path breaking historical work, in 2010 she was awarded the Holberg International Memorial Prize, and in 2012 she received the National Humanities Medal.
NATALIE ZEMON DAVIS
Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita
Thursday, October 17 – 4:15 pm – Beckham Hall
SPONSORED BY THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT
Oct. 11, 2013 by mbnelson
A talk by Rachel Schurman, a professor of sociology from Minnesota, about her project “Science for the Poor: Foundations, Firms and the New Green Revolution for Africa” at 4:30 pm Monday, October 14, in PAC 001. Her website, http://www.soc.umn.edu/people/schurman_r.html.
Jun. 11, 2013 by mbnelson
Max Perel-Slater (’11) and his Maji Safi Group’s project (Tanzania) have won the Advancing Leaders Fellowship. Max was a recipient of our Brodigan Award which helped him start this project.
Meet the Winners: World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowships Awarded to Five Alumni.
Mar. 18, 2013 by scroucher
We will be holding an information session for students interested in applying for the Brodigan Award in 2013. This will be held on Friday March 29 in PAC 002. Bring any questions to the meeting or email email@example.com if you have any specific queries. Further details of the award can be found at: http://africa.blogs.wesleyan.edu/christopher-brodigan-award-2013/
Mar. 18, 2013 by scroucher
Below is a short update from Yinka Taiwo-Peters on the work she carried out with the Brodigan Award she received in 2012. Her work is continuing on with a Pioneer Grant from Selfless4Africa for Photopower Nigeria, the continuation of Hope for Gishiri. More details can be found on her blog.
Over the summer, I was able to use the Christopher Brodigan Award (CBA) to implement the Photopower Nigeria project.
-Duration: July 31st – August 21st.
-Team: 4 executive officers, 20 volunteers.
-Beneficiaries: 15 orphans from the Hope for Survival Orphanage.
-Activities: 10 workshop days, 1 day of exhibition and auction.
-Interviewed on daily national morning show.
-Featured on Daily Trust.
-Raised $2000 during auction to get materials for the orphanage.
-Converting Photopower Nigeria to a registered NGO
There is detailed information on the project blog www.photopowernigeria.blogspot.com. It was indeed an interesting experience.
Currently, I am working on how to establish a stable leadership board an identifying a beneficiary institution for next year’s phase of the project.