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FALL 2015/ SPRING 2016

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Last Updated September 2, 2015

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FALL 2015
September 1, 2015-January 10, 2016
Reception Thursday, September 24, 5pm-7pm
The Zimmerli Art Museum
Voorhees Gallery
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick

The Zimmerli Art Museum presents the exhibition, “Melvin Edwards: Five Decades”

The Zimmerli will hold a reception on Thursday, September 24 to celebrate the exhibition, which will include an opportunity to meet the artist, who returns to Rutgers, where he was a professor for 30 years.
September 1, 2015-February 8, 2016
The Zimmerli Art Museum
Eisenberg Gallery
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick

The Zimmerli Art Museum presents the exhibition, “Vagabond Artist: ‘Pop’ Hart in Tahiti, Mexico, and the Caribbean.”
September 15
4:30pm-6pm (a reception will follow the lecture)
Pane Room, Alexander Library

The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis presents a Seminar Series “Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories”
Didier Fassin (School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study).

For pre-circulated readings, please contact: rcha@rci.rutgers.edu
September 18
time and venue to be announced soon

The Department of Plant Biology and Pathology; the Department of Women's and Gender Studies; and CAS present a talk by Simisola Odeyinka (Director, Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies; Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University) entitled, "Women's Role in Advancing African Agriculture in the 21st Century."
September 25-26
Friday 8:30am-5pm
Saturday 9am-12pm
Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 1st floor conference room
162 Ryders Lane

Parking Information: Visitors to Rutgers may park in Lots 71A & 76 without permits. Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

The Department of Anthropology, CAS, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, the SAS Office of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area Dean, the Institute for Research on Women, and the Department of History present a workshop entitled, "Global Africa."

Please visit the Global Africa Workshop website to pre-register by September 14, and for much more information.

The workshop will bring public intellectuals, journalists, artists, academics, and activists from Africa, India and elsewhere to discuss and “workshop” their draft chapters for the book Global Africa that Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology) is co-editing with Judith Byfield (History, Cornell), under contract with the University of California Press. Through short, lively, engaging articles, profiles, interviews, photo-essays and more, contributors to Global Africa will document some of the significant global connections, circulations and contributions that African people, ideas and goods have made in the world – not just in the United States, but in South Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere.

Topics include: Medieval Africa, African Diasporas in Latin America, African Fashion, Football, African Fractals, Illicit Financial Flows, Nollywood, the Legacy of Julius Nyerere, Environmental Justice, Moroccan Hip Hop, and more...

October 7
Wednesday, 1:30-4:30pm
Center for Cultural Analysis
Busch Seminar Room
640 Bartholomew Road

The Center for Cultural Analysis, CAS, and more co-sponsors present an Archipelgoes seminar by Françoise Lionnet (Director, African Studies Center; Professor, French & Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, UCLA).

October 16
Alexander Library Teleconference/Lecture Hall, SCC 403 (Part 1)
New Brunswick Theological Seminary - Hageman Hall (Part 2)

Parking Information: Visitors to Rutgers may park in Lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits. Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

The Department of Italian, CAS, and the Center for European Studies, along with support from many other units, will host an international symposium entitled, "Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean Migration Crisis" featuring international academics, journalists, and artists.

The world is experiencing an unprecedented outflow of people, perhaps 59 million, on foot, in small boats, smuggled in containers, and fleeing increasing global violence of every variety. The Mediterranean Sea has become a perilous thoroughfare for millions of African refugees seeking entry into the seeming haven of the European continent. European nation-states, facing the seemingly insuperable challenge of accommodating asylum seekers, are shutting down their borders, or trying to do so.

We invite the Rutgers community and the public to join us in examining this overwhelming reality with the hope that our symposium will raise awareness and stimulate some programmatic response to the crisis.

Part I. Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall
9:30am-11:30am Histories, Causes, and Contexts of the Current Crisis
Chair: Carolyn Brown (Former Director, Center for African Studies; Department of History)
Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Loyola University, Chicago)
Ousseina Alidou (Former Director, Center for African Studies; Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literartures)
Amadou Kane Sy (Artist and Activist, Portes et Passages-Art et Developpement, Mbodiene, Senegal)
Ayten Gündoğdu (Barnard College)
Kassahun Checole (Publisher, Africa World Press)

1pm-3pm: Contemporary Trajectories
Chair: Rhiannon Noel Welch (Department of Italian)
Cristiana Giordano (University of California, Davis)
Harouna Mounkaila (Abdou Moumouni University, Republic of Niger)
Jean-Baptiste Sourou (Gregorian University in Rome/ St. Augustine University of Tanzania)

Part II. New Brunswick Theological Seminary - Hageman Hall
Video and Film Exhibitions

3:30pm-4pm: Coffee break

4pm-6pm: Discussion and exhibits by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen (Danish visual artist based in Paris) and Amadou Kane-Sy (Senegalese visual artist and social activist)

The sponsors are GAIA Centers 2015-2017 Biennial Theme: Global Urbanism; the School of Arts and Sciences J & R Pane Endowed Fund; CAS; Center for European Studies; Department of French; Cinema Studies; Department of Italian; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; the Department of History; the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures; and the Center for Race and Ethnicity.

October 18-21
Sunday evening-Wednesday afternoon

The Department of Political Science and the Division of Global Affairs present an international symposium entitled, "Youth and the Allure of Terrorism: Identity, Recruitment and Public Diplomacy." The symposium will bring together world religious leaders, academicians, and activists to discuss the conceptual and practical challenges of identity, gender, and ideology in the dissemination of terrorism in the contemporary world. For more information please contact Eric Davis: davis@polisci.rutgers.edu.

Additional sponsors include the Office of the Vice President for Global and International Affairs; the SAS Dean's Office; the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy; and CAS.
October 22
Livingston Student Center, Coffee House Room

CAS and the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures present a lecture by Abdalla Uba Adamu (Mass Communications, Bayero University) entitled, "Transglobal Media Flows and African Popular Culture: Revolution and Reaction in Muslim Hausa Popular Culture."

This essay explores the impact of global trends and flows of popular culture to Muslim Hausaland from 1935 to 2005 in three distinct areas: prose fiction, oral performing arts and video film. The paper specifically analyses the impact of popular culture from the Far East and Asia on the transformation of the identity of creative and performing arts among the Hausa of northern Nigeria. The main work that led the way to such literary influence was Magana Jari Ce, often considered the unalloyed Hausa literary classic. This book, published in 1937, gave birth to a phenomenon of artistic adaptation - or more directly, appropriation - of creative works by the Hausa from countries and cultures deemed to share the same cultural space as the Hausa. Magana Jari Ce, based on extensive re-telling and re-structuring of folk tales from various European, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern cultures laid the foundation of using the cultural identity of other societies in Hausa popular culture. When globalization became electronic in the form of Hindi cinema, Hausa performance artistes followed the lead of literary adapters of the Othersʹ literature, and this led to the emergence of oral poets - both in the popular culture and religious domains - who use Hindi film song motifs as a template for their art. This process culminated into the appearance of the Hausa video film from 1990 which is almost exclusively based on the Hindi film concept of storyline and uses the essential features of Hindi film - which was the love triangle, forced marriage and long song and dance routines that focus mainly on the sexuality of the female mime singers. This revolution in mass popular culture was counteracted by a reaction from the Islamic environment in which the "modernizing" Hausa popular culture finds itself.

Special thanks to Ousseina Alidou (AMESALL) for holding this lecture in her Introduction to the Literatures of Africa" course 01:013:211.
October 28
Murray Hall Room 302 (Plangere Writing Center)
Livingston Student Center, Coffee House Room

CAS, the Department of English, and the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures present a talk by Isabel Hofmeyr (African Literatures, University of Witwatersrand) entitled, "Books by Sea: Hydrocolonial Literary Histories."
November 12
6pm-6:30pm Welcome
6:30pm-7pm Keynote
Winants Hall

Ishmael Beah (UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solider and Radiance of Tomorrow) will give the keynote address for the Department of Art History's Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies conference entitled, "Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century." The conference wil continue through Saturday, November 14.

November 12
Comparative Literature
195 College Avenue

The Program in Comparative Literature presents a talk by Jeanne-Marie Jackson (English, Johns Hopkins University) entitled, "Comparison beyond the Global Frame" which will also touch on her new project about post-democracy. Jackson's work focuses on African and Slavic literature. Her book South African Literature's Russian Soul: Narrative Forms of Global Isolation will appear in December from Bloomsbury/Continuum.

November 13-17
CAS Offices

The American Council of Learned Societies' African Humanities Program; the African Studies Association; and CAS are delighted to co-host the 2015 ASA Presidential Fellows at Rutgers:

Sylvia Bruinders, ACLS-AHP Fellow, (Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa). Sylvia Bruinders teaches African, African diasporic and World musics at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include subjectivity, African Diaspora studies, the music industry, music in film, and ethnomusicology. Through her research on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa she investigated the subjectivities of members of the bands and explored how social and political processes impact upon community practices in the Western Cape. She also participated in cultural exchange programs and studied with local musicians and music teachers for a month in Bali in 2000 and in Zimbabwe in 2001.

Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh, ACLS-AHP Fellow, (Theatre Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria). Tracie Chima Utoh-Ezeajugh, PhD, is a Professor of Theatre and Film Design at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. A Rockefeller Fellow and an AHP Post-Doctoral Fellow, Utoh- Ezeajugh’s scholarly work focuses in the area of African Costumes, Make-up and Body designs, both as art and as aids to characterisation on stage and in Films. She has also written many stage plays and children’s literature.

Please contact Renee DeLancey (rdelance@rutgers.edu) with your requests for these scholars to speak in courses and to meet with faculty and students.

November 19-22
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
San Diego, CA

The African Studies Association presents the 58th Annual Meeting of the ASA, "The State and Study of Africa."


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