2019 – 2020

Oct 15th Emily Lynn Osborn
Professor of History, The University of Chicago
On the Anthropocene and History in a Small Place in West Africa”


Discussant: Matthew Knisley (PhD Student in Anthropology)

Oct 22nd Zoë Berman
PhD Student in Comparative Human Development
“Intergenerational Memory Practices in Post-Genocide Rwanda”


Discussant: Perry Wong (PhD Student in Anthropology)

Nov 5th Distinguished Lecture

Jody Benjamin
Professor of History, University of California, Riverside
“Dress Codes: Cloth, Mobility and Self-Fashioning in Western Africa During the Age of Revolutions”

Location: Franke Institute of the Humanities

Nov 12th
Hlonipha Mokoena
Professor of History, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa

Location: The Smart Museum of ArtLecture in conjunction with the Smart Museum Exhibition Meleko Mogosi: Bread, Butter, and Power (on view from October 19th – December 29th)

Dec 3rd Johanna Pacyga
PhD Student in Anthropology
“African Habits: Vocation & Daily Life at the Convent of Saint Joseph”


Discussant: Gregory Valdespino (PhD Student in History)

Jan 14th Katie Hickerson (or Sarah Garver)
Jan 28th Debbie Durham
Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame
Feb 11th Distinguished Lecture

Jean Allman
Professor of African and African-American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Location: Franke Institute of the Humanities

Feb 25th Gregory Valdespino
PhD Student in History

Mar 10th MAPSS and Early Student Presenters
Apr 7th Johanna Oh
PhD Student in Sociology
Apr 21rd Geoffrey Traugh
Harper-Schmidt Fellow
May 5th Distinguished Lecture

Maya Angela Smith
Assistant Professor of French, Division of French and Italian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle

Location: Franke Institute of the Humanities

May 19st Natacha Nsabimana
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Jun 2th Matthew Knisley
PhD Candidate in Anthropology


All events will be held at 5.30pm at Foster Hall Room 107 unless otherwise indicated.