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FALL 2015/ SPRING 2016

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Last Updated October 5, 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-6:30pm (a reception will follow the lecture)
Alexander Library, Pane Room

The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis presents a Seminar Series “Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories” keynote lecture by
Didier Fassin (School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study). The keynote lecture is entitled, "The Moral Economy of Asylum."

For pre-circulated readings, please contact: rcha@rci.rutgers.edu
September 18
Foran Hall Room 191B

The Department of Plant Biology and Pathology; the Department of Women's and Gender Studies; CAS; the Centers for Global Advanccement and International Affairs; and the Institute for Women's Leadership 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...
September 30
CSB, Bloustein Forum, First Floor
New Brunswick

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy invites you to attend a panel discussion entitled, "Inequalities in Perspective" featuring Akbar Noman and Stephanie Seguino.

Akbar Noman (Columbia University, Center for Policy Dialogue)
Presentation Title: Strategies for African Development
Akbar Norman is an economist and Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Policy Dialogue. He is coeditor with Kwesi Botchwey, Howard Stein and Joseph E. Stiglitz of Good Growth and Governance in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has a wide-ranging experience of policy analysis and formulation in a variety of developing and transition economies, and has worked extensively for the World Bank. Akbar has held previous academic appointments at Oxford University and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. His current position at CPD includes teaching as well as policy work with governments.

Stephanie Seguino (University of Vermont)
Presentation Title: Can Economic Analysis Afford to Ignore Gender and Race Stratification?
Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA; Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; and Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She is coeditor with Günseli Berik and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers of Inequality, Development, and Growth (London, Routledge, 2011). Prior to obtaining a Ph.D. from American University, she served as economist in Haiti for several years in the pre- and post-Baby Doc era. Her current research explores the relationship between inequality, growth, and development. A major focus of that work explores the effect of gender equality on macroeconomic outcomes. She has also examined the gender and race effects of contractionary monetary policy. She is an instructor in the African Program for Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE), Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and a member of the editorial board of Review of Keynesian Economics, as well as past president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. More recently, she was guest editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics on the global economic crisis. She has worked with a wide variety of international organizations and trade unions including the UNDP, UNRISD, World Bank, AFL-CIO, and ITUC.

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

The Center for Cultural Analysis and more co-sponsors present an Archipelagoes seminar by Jessica Baker (Post-doc, Critical Caribbean Studies).

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.

Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean Migration Crisis
The world is experiencing an unprecedented refugee crisis. As many as 59 million people, responding to the savage increase of global violence and economic oppression are fleeing on foot, in small boats, and in suffocating transport containers in order to make a better life for themselves. The African continent has been an epicenter of the socio-economic impact of neoliberal policies that have blocked hundreds of thousands of young Africans from having a future and have thrown others into turbulent and violent conflicts. The Mediterranean Sea has become a turbulent site of this catastrophe, a perilous thoroughfare for African refugees seeking entry into the seeming haven of opportunity and safety on the European continent. European nation-states, facing the insuperable challenge of accommodating asylum seekers, are shutting down their borders, or trying to do so. For some, the presence of these refugees calls European identity into question, bringing to the fore numerous unresolved legacies of European colonialism on the African continent.

The Center for African Studies, the Center for European Studies, and the Department of Italian invite the Rutgers community and the public to join us in examining this overwhelming reality in a multidisciplinary symposium with the hope that our intellectual and artistic exploration will raise awareness of this global catastrophe, and stimulate some programmatic response to this ongoing crisis.

This unprecedented collaboration between Rutgers departments and units from across the New Brunswick campus and representing several of the world’s regions is a strong testament to the global nature of these contemporary crises. Rutgers is proud to be among the first universities to host a symposium that brings together scholars, artists, and activists who are working in Africa and Europe to explore the catastrophic contemporary migration from Africa to Europe.

Part I. Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, SCC 403
9:30am-11:30am: Histories, Causes, and Contexts of the Current Crisis
Chair: Carolyn Brown (Former Director, Center for African Studies; Department of History, RU-NB)

Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Loyola University)

Ousseina Alidou (Former Director, Center for African Studies; Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, RU-NB)

Amadou Kane Sy (Artist and Activist, Portes et Passages-Art et Développement, Mbodiene, Senegal)

Kassahun Checole (Publisher, Africa World Press, Inc. & The Red Sea Press, Inc.)

[Break for lunch on your own]

Part II: Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, SCC 403
1:00pm-3:00pm: Contemporary Trajectories
Chair: Rhiannon Noel Welch (Department of Italian, RU-NB)

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)

R. Daniel Kelemen (Professor of Political Science, RU-NB), “The EU and the Refugee Crisis”

Ayten Gündoğdu (Barnard College)

Part III. New Brunswick Theological Seminary-Hageman Hall
4:00-6:00pm: Video and Film Exhibitions

Discussion and exhibits by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen (Danish visual artist) 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; Center for African Studies; Center for European Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the Center for Race and Ethnicity; the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures; Department of French; Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures; the Department of History; Department of Italian; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Program in Cinema Studies; and the Program in Comparative Literature.


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, the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Livingston Campus Dean 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, the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Program in Comparative Literature present a talk by Isabel Hofmeyr (African Literatures, University of Witwatersrand) entitled, "Books by Sea: Hydrocolonial Literary Histories."
November 2
7pm reading (to be confirmed)
Venue to be confirmed

Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions presents a U.S. Tour with "some of the best contemporary Black British writers," two of whom Rutgers will proudly host for a reading: Jay Bernard and Bernardine Evaristo.

The sponsors include CAS, Office of the Senior VP for Academic Affairs, the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Women's and Gender Studies, English, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Africana Studies, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.
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."


Black History Month
February 24
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 Archipelagoes seminar by Françoise Lionnet (Director, African Studies Center; Professor, French & Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, UCLA).
Women's History Month







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