African Studies Workshop

Unless otherwise noted, ASW meetings take place from 5:30 to 7 at Wilder House, located at 5811 South Kenwood Avenue.

Winter 2018

January 9th: Jatin Dua (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan). Title: Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Western Indian Ocean. Discussant: Ellen Richmond (Anthropology).

January 23rd: Zebulon Dingley (PhD Candidate, Departments of Anthropology and History). Title: ‘Rumor and History Revisited: “Vampires” in Coastal Kenya to 1945.' Discussant: Zoë Berman (Comparative Human Development).

February 6th: Cécile Vigouroux (Associate Professor, Department of French, Simon Fraser University). Title: 'The Politics of Hosting and Guesting.' Discussant: Shirley Yeung (Anthropology).

February 20th: Matthew Knisley (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology). Title: TBA. Discussant: TBA.

March 6th: Elizabeth Fretwell (PhD Candidate, Department of History). Title: TBA. Discussant: TBA.

Spring 2018

April 3: TBD

April 17: TBD

May 1: Zoë Berman (PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Human Development). Title: TBD 

May 15: Jonathan Schoots (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology). Title: TBD. 

May 29: Gregory Valdespino (PhD Candidate, Department of History). Title: TBD


Autumn 2017 (completed)

October 3: Fall Welcome Event with François Richard (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago). Title: Selections from his forthcoming book Reluctant Landscapes: Historical Anthropologies of Political Experience in T, Senegal, 1600-1930. Discussant: TBD. Location: Please email for address.

October 17: Caroline Melly (Associate Professor, Smith College). Title: Selections from her recently published book Bottleneck: Moving, Building, and Belonging in an African City. Discussant: Raffaella Taylor-Seymour (Comparative Human Development).

November 7: Red Lion Event with Damien Droney (Postdoctoral Researcher, Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago). Title: Performing Technology: Alternative Medicine Diagnostic Technologies in Ghana’s Herbal Medicine Clinics. Discussant: Jessica Pouchet, Northwestern University.

November 13: George Paul Meiu (Assistant Professor, Anthropology and African & African American Studies, Harvard University). Title: Book launch for Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, and Belonging in Kenya. Location: Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, 60637) 6-7.30pm.

November 28: John Cropper (PhD Candidate, Department of History). Title: Fueling the Pre-colonial State: Energy, Drought, and Environmental Change in the Senegal Valley. Discussant: Elizabeth Fretwell, History.

Schedules from past years available here.