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The second installation of the mini-series "Queering Belonging," curated by Bimbola Akimbola (performance studies, Northwestern University), is now available! Part 3 by Xavier Livermon (University of Texas at Austin) will be out next week.

Watch Bimbola Akimbola's video on the PAS Youtube channel.

Cosponsored by the Program of African Studies and the Department of History, Wednesday, February 24, at 1pm, the first talk in the ISITA Dialogues series will talk place: "Africanization: The Bridge to Edward Blyden's Final Intellectual Transformation," by Harry Nii Koney Odamtten (Santa Clara University). Click here to register for the event. The events are free and open to everyone, but registration for each talk is required.

Before the event, check out Dr. Oddamtten's piece "Edward Blyden and the Gaze in African Intellectual History," on the PAS blog.

The ISITA Diallogues winter/spring calendar is available here.


The Loose Ends of Empire:
Unforgetting Colonialism


"The Loose Ends of Empire: Unforgetting Colonialism" includes a program of three short films followed by a conversation between filmmaker Onyeka Igwe and Professor Bimbola Akinbola, Performance Studies.

Onyeka Igwe is a contemporary British artist and researcher whose film the names have changed... uses personal and colonial archives in Nigeria to tell the story of her grandfather while reflecting on diasporic experiences. Another film in the program, Wolukau-Wanambwa's Promised Land, considers colonialism in east Africa and the migratory histories in Uganda and Kenya at different points in time.

Visit the Block website for information about how to access the films for the event.

Graduate Students: AfriSem is meeting, on February 23 at 5 pm. Colin Bos, a 5th-year student at the Department of History, will give a presentation “How Our Heritage Is Looted” Legal Concepts, Cultural Objects, and the Nigerian State, 1938-1974. 
for an invitation to join the Zoom-hosted event.
One last conversation for Winter Quarter! Strengthen your Swahili skills this Wednesday at 5pm.

Feb 24, 2021 05:00 PM

Register here for this Zoom event.
The PAS winter 2021 newsletter is here! A PDF version is available on the Program of African Studies website. See what's going on at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, find out who presented at ASA's annual conference, see who's in the Swahili Corner, view upcoming events, and more!
Calling all Northwestern University students! Learn how apply for a Fulbright Research Award. The Northwestern Office for Fellowships is offering a series of online informational sessions to learn about deadlines, campus resources, and how to construct a competitive application . Visit their calendar and sign up for a session!
The African Studies Association (ASA) 2021 CFP Submission Portal is open for all submission types! Individuals must register by April 1 in order to submit. Looking for deeper discounts on registration? Become a Member and receive our largest discount.  How to Participate in 2021 ASA Programming:

Review recently updated 2021 Submission and Participation guidelines.
Assemble a full session you’d like to submit to the CFP by calling likeminded presenters.
Register to submit to the main ASA CFP prior to its close April 1.
Become an Individual or Institutional Member for extra event access.
Participate in Coordinate Organization Annual Meeting activities.

The West African Research Association (WARA) currently has 6 fellowships open for applications!  See below for descriptions of each fellowship and their deadlines:

Ideas Matter Fellowship for West African Scholars in a US institution

Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships for West Africa

Africa News and Events

deader than dead, with Ligia Lewis & Mlondi Zondi

SUNDAY FEB 21, 2021 1 PM PST

Movement artist and scholar Mlondi Zondi joins Made in L.A. 2020 artist Ligia Lewis in conversation, followed by a screening of Lewis’s dance performance deader than dead (2020). Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Lewis for Made in L.A., deader than dead was originally intended to be a live performance held within the Hammer’s galleries but was postponed due to the pandemic. The film not only documents a performance of the piece, it represents the potential of a live performance to come. Q&A follows the screening. Click here to register to join this free event.

Sakhile&Me's next exhibition, Gaabo Motho, features works by Wangari Mathenge, Mario Moore, Anike Joyce Sadiq and Lerato Shadi. "It emphasizes a sense of acceptance and nurturing from or by the place or the people close to us, inviting the audience to meditate on what makes a home." The show runs from February 4 - March 20, 2021. Visit the Sakhile&Me website for more information.
Image still from "Visited by a Tiger," 2019, by Anike Joyce Sadiq.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC now has a virtual presentation of The Block's Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa.  If you didn't see the exhibit when it was at The Block Museum, or would like to see it again, visit:
More Africa news and events:

World's tropical forests and people imperiled by legal rollbacks under COVID-19, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 18 February 2021

Makhtar Diop tapped to head World Bank’s private sector arm, The East African, 18 February 2021

Ebola strikes West Africa again: key questions and lessons from the past, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 18 February 2021

Ghana’s Asakaa Boys Talk Influence of Pop Smoke and Drill Music, Teen Vogue, 19 February 2021

Kenya: Concern as Al-Shabaab Militants Spread Across Mandera County, The Nation (Nairobi), 16 February 2021

After being blocked by Trump, first African and woman takes WTO helm, Politico, 14 February 2021

Nigerian women form #AnkaraArmy to celebrate new WTO boss, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CNN, 16 February 2021

Congolese President Appoints  Sama Lukon Kyenge as PM, VOA News. 16 February 2021

DRC: New prime minister, new era?, African Arguments (London), 17 February 2021

W.T.O. Officially Selects Okonjo-Iweala as Its Director-General, New York Times, 15 February 2021

Guinea Officially Declares New Ebola Outbreak, Deutsche Welle, 14 February 2021

Africa: Davido Becomes Most Followed Artist in Africa, Leadership (Abuja), 13 February 2021

Aliens in Lagos - Sci-Fi Novel Lagoon Offers a Bold New Future, The Conversation (Johannesburg). 14 February 2021

Finding Identity in Grim Revelations About 1973 Rwandan Coup, VOA, 13 February 2021

Mali fails to face up to the persistence of slavery, The Conversation (Johannesburg), 15 February 2021
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