Academic Year 2022-23:

October 18, 2022, 5:30pm

Location: Foster 107

African Studies Workshop Welcome Back Event


October 28, 2022, 10:00am–7:00pm

In person: Swift Lecture Hall, 1025 E 58th Street, Floor 3

Online: Zoom Webinar


“Global Anti-Gender and Anti-LGBTQ+ Politics: Historical Continuities, Transnational Connections, Contested Futures”
featuring Patrick Awondo
Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Yaoundé

November 1, 2022, 5:00pm

Location: Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave

African Studies Workshop

not all realisms: Photography, Africa, and the Long 60s, Exhibition Tour and Roundtable at the Smart Museum of Art

Leslie Wilson (Smart Museum, Assistant Professor of Art History, Bard College), Emily Osborn (Professor of History, University of Chicago), Berit Ness (Associate Director, Smart Museum), Gail Gomez (Associate Director, Smart Museum)

November 16th, 2022, 3:30pm

Location:The LaSalle Banks Room at the Oriental Institute


African Studies Workshop

“Rumblings from the Rocks: A Reexamination of Tanzania’s Petroglyphic Archive”
Matthew Knisley
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago

Discussant: Alice Diaz Chauvigne

December 6th, 2022, 5:30pm

Location: Foster 107, 1130 E. 59th St.

African Studies Workshop

“ Senegambian Harbors of the Atlantic Trade: A Maritime Archaeology Approach”
Kelsey Rooney
PhD Student, Department of Anthropology

Discussant: Matthew Knisley



February 20th, 2023, 5:45-7:00pm

Location: The Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols Board of Trustee Suite, 159 East Monroe Street

Distinguished Lecture Series

Rowland O. Abíódún
John C. Newton Professor of Art, the History of Art, and Black Studies at Amherst College

Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in conjunction with the exhibition The Language of Beauty in African Art and co-sponsored by the Northwestern Department of Art History. 



April 4th, 2023, 5:30pm

Location: Foster 107, 1130 E. 59th St.

African Studies Workshop

“No Love in Rwanda? Marriage and the Politics of Social Reproduction after Genocide”
Zoë Berman
PhD Candidate in Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Discussant: Erin Moore, Dr. Carl F. Asseff Assistant Professor in Anthropology and the History of Medicine, Ohio State University

April 18th, 2023, 5:30pm

Location: The Franke Institute for the Humanities

1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-102
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Distinguished Lecture Series

Unpacking the “culture of migration” trope: A study of radiophonic debates in Kayes, Mali (1980)
Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye 
CNRS- IMAF, Institute des mondes africains

May 2nd, 2023, 5:30pm

Location: Foster 107, 1130 E. 59th St.

African Studies Workshop (Lecture)

The Sudan Archaeological Heritage Protection Project: A Cultural Heritage program in reaction to contemporary threats
Marc Maillot 

Associate Director/Chief Curator, Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, West Asia & North Africa (ISAC)

Discussant: Emily Osborn (Professor, Department of History)