ASW Schedule 2011-12

Fall 2011

October 4

Fall Welcome Event

François Richard, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: In Pursuit of ‘Vernacular Cosmopolitanisms’: Historical Archaeology in Senegal and the Material Contours of the African Atlantic Discussant: Genviève Godbout, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

October 6

Zebulon York Dingley, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: Ambivalence and Ambiguity in Segeju Social Life Discussant: Amy McLachlan, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago ***Co-Sponsored with the Semiotics: Cultures in Context Workshop.

October 18

Jay Schutte, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: “’Bodysuits’ and ‘Biodomes’: The formation of the Sonochronotopia on Johannesburg’s Korean Ethnoscape” Discussant: Chris Bloechl, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

November 1

Matthew Knisley, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: “Primitives, Power, and Sandawe Prehistory” Discussant: Mudit Trivedi, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

November 8

Jennifer Cole, Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Title: Sex and Salvation: Imagining the Future in Madagascar (University of Chicago Press, 2010) Discussant: George Paul Meiu, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

***The discussion of Professor Cole’s book is co-sponsored by the African Studies Workshop and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory.

November 15

Red Lion Seminar. This event will be held at The Aberdeen Tap, located at 440 N. Aberdeen St., Chicago, IL 60642. The workshop will be held at the usual time, 6:00 PM. 

Presenter: Jonathon Glassman, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Northwestern University

Title: War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar (Indiana University Press, 2011) Discussant: Zebulon York Dingley, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago 

November 29

Bernard Dubbeld, Ph.D. Candidate, Departments of Anthropology and History, University of Chicago

Title: TBA Discussant: TBA

 

Winter 2012

January 10

Brady Smith, PhD Student, Department of English, University of Chicago

Title: “Ecology, Economy, and the Contemporary African Novel” Discussant: Matthew Knisley, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

February 7

Nick Smith, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Title: “Silencing the Criminal Past: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Post-Apartheid State Building” Discussant: Mary Robertson, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

February 9

Co-Sponsored with the Ethnoise! Ethnomusicology Workshop

Kelly Askew, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan Title: “‘Poetry in Motion’: Ethnography vs. Cinematography in a Swahili Music Documentary

February 21

Special Event: Guest Lecture

Nigel Gibson, Director of the Honors Program, Emerson College

Title: Thinking Fanon: Fifty Years Later

March 1

**Suggested Event: Sawyer Seminar: Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict: Gendered Dynamics of Victimization (regional focus on Great Lakes region)**

Keynote by Dr. Elisabeth Wood Franke Institute Joseph Regenstein Library S-118, 4:30-6:00, reception to follow

March 2

**Suggested Event: Sawyer Seminar: Understanding Sexual Violence in Conflict: Gendered Dynamics of Victimization (regional focus on Great Lakes region)** 

Working conference, Classics 110, 8:30-5:00 Presentations by Dr. Elisabeth Wood (Yale University), Dr. Dara Cohen (University of Minnesota), Jocelyn Kelly MS (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative), and a student panel (Mackenzie Israel-Trummel, Jonathan Shaw, and Amanda Blair)

March 6

Mark Geraghty, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: Gacaca, Jenicide Discussant: Nusrat Chowdhury, Visiting Lecturer, Northwestern University

 

Spring 2012

March 27

Mark Auslander, Associate Professor, Central Washington University

Title: Ancestral Futures: Divining the Dead in Contemporary Southern African Art Discussant: Leslie Wilson, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

April 3

George Paul Meiu, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: ”Beach-Boy Elders” and “Young Big-Men”: Queer Temporalities of Aging in Kenya’s Ethno-Erotic Economies Discussant: Kate McHarry, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago 

April 10

Special Film Screening

Les Noirs de France (Pascal Blanchard, 2012)

“Drawing on archives and testimonies, the documentary “Noirs de France” by French historian Pascal Blanchard, depicts 130 years of shared history – from 1889 to nowadays - between Black people and France. Starting in 1889 with the World’s Fair, when Black people became “visible” in French society, the film then takes us through the two World Wars, the colonial period, the struggles for independence, and the time of the migrations from Africa and the West Indies, bearing in mind the African American influence since the Interwar period.” 5:00–6:30, Cobb Hall, Room 218

April 17

Emily Lynn Osborn, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Chicago Title: Our New Husbands Are Here: Households, Gender and Politics in a West African State from the Slave Trade to Colonial Rule (Ohio University Press, 2011) Discussant: Paul Ocobock, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Notre Dame

April 19–20

Suggested Sawyer Symposium Seminar

Sexuality and Colonial Black Atlantic Cities Conference

“The symposium on Sexuality and Colonial Black Atlantic Cities examines how gender figures in the study of colonial Africa, the Atlantic world, and modern cities. Encompassing the period of colonialism from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries in Africa, the Americas, and Europe, scholars explore what might be called “the Black Atlantic” as well as areas beyond.”

May 1

Elizabeth Brummel, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: ”So I changed my name to Next Generation:” Narrating selves and producing futures in contemporary urban Kenya. Discussant: Jay Schutte, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

May 8

Red Lion Seminar

Gordon Mathews, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Title: Ghetto at the Center of the World

May 10

William Summerhill, Professor, Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles

Title: “From Quelimane to The City: Rio Slavers, London Bankers, and the Atlantic Origins of Representative Government in Brazil, 1796-1831” Discussant: José Juan Pérez Meléndez

May 15

Joshua Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: Diamond Imagery and Extraction: Re/production in Mbujimayi, DR Congo Discussant: Mary Robertson, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

May 16

Special Guest Lecture

Danny Hoffman, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

Title: Human Garbage Lives Here: Ex-Combatants and the Struggle for Urban Space in Post-war West Africa

May 29

Vicki Brennan, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Vermont

Title: TBA Discussant: TBA