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Spring 2019

Lecture: Dr. Jessica Steinberg

February 8, 2019 | Noon | Center for Constitutional Democracy
Dr. Jessica Steinberg, Assistant Professor, IU Department of International Studies, will discuss her forthcoming book, Mines, Communities, and States: The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa.


Lecture: Urban displacement and the limits of post-war politics: Imagining the future in Monrovia

February 14, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | GISB GA 3067
Danniel J. Hoffman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington. "A decade after the official end of Liberia’s long war, a large population of ex-combatants and internally displaced persons remained adrift in the urban fabric of Monrovia. Though they had lived for years in the city’s ruins, these urbanites were largely unable, even unwilling, to make a place-based claim to rights to the city." Download full abstract here


Congo Stories with John Prendergast

February 19, 2019 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | GISB Shreve Auditorium (GA 0001) New York Times bestselling and award-winning author John Prendergast presents his compelling book Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed". Mr. Prendergast is also the founding director of The Enough Project. Sponsored by the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.


African Music and Dance Showcase

February 25, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Monroe Country Public Library
Experience performances in languages from West Africa (Akan, Bamanankan, Wolof, and Yoruba), East Africa (Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda), and South Africa (IsiZulu)! Participate in drumming, songs and dances, and learn about clothes, riddles, and proverbs.


Film Series: Cinéma Sans Frontières

Through February 25, 2019 | Various Locations
The French and Italian department presents Cinéma Sans Frontières: Beyond Francophone ‘Realities,' including three films set in Africa: Download the full series schedule here. Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, the FACE Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institute for European Studies, the Black Film Center/Archive, the Cultural Studies Program, and IU Cinema.


IU FRIT GSO Conference: Understanding and Misunderstanding

March 1 - 2, 2019 | Various times | Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and Woodburn Hall

The theme of the French and Italian 2019 GSO Conference is “Understanding and Misunderstanding: Interpretations in Language and Literature”. It aims to incite discussion on the concept of understanding and misunderstanding in both literature and linguistics. Keynote speakers include Tobias Warner, UC Davis, "Counterpoetics and Translation in Senegal"; Simone Marchesi, Princeton University, "Interpretive Optimism: Tropes of Translation in Medieval French and Italian Fiction"; and Dalila Ayoun, University of Arizona, "Gender in French: Understanding and Misunderstanding Galore... So Let's Agree to Disagree?". Find full details, talks, times, and locations by downloading the flyer here.


Lecture: “Popular Music Textuality and the Politics of Interpreting Hate Speech in Kenya”

March 26, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | GISB GA 3067 Dr. Wilson Shitandi, Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer at Kabarak University in the School of Music and Performing Arts: "Kenya is a member state of the East African Community with a population of approximately 50 million people. Drawn from slightly over 42 different ethnic communities, the people of Kenya leave in relative harmony. The peaceful social fabric has, however, witnessed frequent uneasiness and instability during the electioneering period. The causality and the catalyst of the violence that has become synonymous with Kenya politics and the electioneering period has in recent times become a subject of both national and international discourse. From a national perspective, various schools of thoughts have emerged to advance arguments for the causality and catalysts of election violence." See full abstract and biography here.



April 10, 1:30 pm, Institute for Advanced Study
Victor Gama, Composer, Musical Instrument Designer Internationally known composer, Victor Gama, will present a performance of Aisa Tanif: The Book of Winds. This is a multimedia project and ensemble Composition based on Ibn Sina's "Floating Man" though experiment. Ibn Sina (d. 1037) was one of the leading philosophers of the medieval Hellenistic Islamic tradition. For more information, download the PDF here.


Film Screening: The Burial of Kojo

April 10 | 7:00pm | BFC/A in Wells Library
The Black Film Center/Archive presents a film screening of The Burial of Kojo by Blitz Bazawule, a Ghanian-American filmmaker and musician, including a discussion with the director to follow. Co-sponsored by the African Studies Program. See the trailer here.


Discussion: Recent research on Poro and Sande societies in Liberia and Sierra Leone from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries

April 18 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | GISB GA 1100
Jaycien G. Carr, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Fall 2018

Celebration of the Life of Bernard Woma

October 21 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Near-Marshall BCC Grand Hall Join friends, students, teachers, colleagues, and family for a celebration of the life of this extraordinary musician, teacher, and human being through music, song, dance, and spoken word. Download the flyer here.


Film Screening: Vaya

November 1 | 4:30pm | Wells 048 (Screening Room)
In filmmaker Akin Omotoso's VAYA, the title is a phrase spoken in South African townships meaning “to go.” VAYA takes viewers along on a journey of three young South Africans who travel away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. Stirring and suspenseful, the intertwining stories of these naive strangers as they struggle to survive culminates in an explosive moment not soon forgotten. Based on real accounts, VAYA made its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered Mr. Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director. Sponsored by Black Film Center Archive, ARRAY, and the IU African Studies Program. Discover more at


Lecture: Janet Roitman

November 2 | 3:00pm | Student Building, Room 159
Janet Roitman, Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research, New York, and author of Anti-Crisis, an examination of the status of the concept “crisis” in contemporary theoretical discourse, presents Inside the Ethnographer’s Studio. Sponsored by the IU Department of Anthropology and the African Studies Program. Roitman will also take part in a panel discussion on Saturday, November 3, 12:00pm - 5:00pm, in the IMU Distinguished Alumni Room, sponsored by the IU Department of Germanic Studies.


Lecture: "It's Hard Work to be a Gamebwoy, and Other Lessons on Money, Magic, and Masculinity in Ghana"

November 7 | 6:00pm | Morrison Hall, Hoagy Carmichael Room
Emily Stratton, Ph. D. student in the IU Department of Religious Studies, makes a brief return to Bloomington from Ghana and will present this intriguing talk. Full abstract here.


Conference: A Double Colonialism

December 3 | 10:00am - 6:30pm | IMU Oak Room

A Double Colonialism: New Directions in the History and Culture of Namibia and South West Africa. A one day workshop bringing together established scholars and graduate students working on the history and culture of Namibia and South West Africa from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Featuring:

  • Adam Blackler
  • Robert Gordon
  • Patricia Hayes
  • Asher Lubotzky
  • William Lyon
  • Molly McCullers
  • Bernard Moore
  • Jason Owens
  • Stephanie Quinn
  • Christian Williams
  • A screening of “Skulls of my People”
Sponsored by:
College Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI)
IU Department of Germanic Studies
IU Department of International Studies
African Studies Program