Recap: Baraza with Dr. Bencherif

Dr. Bencherif is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sahel Research Group at UF. His Baraza lecture on December 4, titled, “Tuareg Women in the Northern Malian Conflict: Ambivalence and Layers of Symbolic Violence” focused on the role women play in the Tuareg political landscape. Dr. Bencherif explained that in Tuareg societies there are two main […]

Recap: Baraza with Dr. Adrienne Strong

Dr. Strong’s presentation was based on her recently published book “Documenting Death Maternal Mortality and the Ethics of Care in Tanzania.” She began her presentation by discussing the problem of maternal mortality at large. Sub-Saharan African and South Asian countries bear the burden of these deaths globally at approximately 350,000 deaths a year.  Dr. Strong […]

Recap: Baraza with Paul Landau

Dr. Landau is professor of history. His publications include: “The M-Plan: Mandela’s Struggle to Reorient the African National Congress.” Journal of Southern African Studies (2019); Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948 (2010); and Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (co-edited, 2002). Dr. Landau’s presentation “Operation Mayibuye and the Limits […]

Baraza Recap: Dr. Matiangai Sirleaf

On Friday September 11, Dr. Matiangai Sirleaf (University of Maryland) presented, “Africa, COVID-19, and Responsibility.” Sirleaf is the Nathan Patz Professor of Law. She writes and teaches in the areas of global public health law, public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, post-conflict and transitional justice, and criminal law. Her most recent publications in this area […]

Recap: Baraza with Kathleen Klaus

On Friday February 10th, Kathleen Klaus gave a Baraza presentation titled “Claiming Land: Institutions, Narratives, and Political Violence in Kenya.” Dr. Klaus received her PhD in Political Science from Wisconsin University in 2015 and is currently the Buffett Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. The talk introduced Klaus’ book project which is focused on the […]

Recap: Baraza with Rebecca Hardin

Dr. Rebecca Hardin from the University of Michigan presented “Elemental Design, Environmental Health and Sustainable Technology at Gabon’s Schweitzer Hospital,” at the most recent Baraza on Friday October 27.  Her research concerns human/wildlife interactions, social and environmental change, wildlife management, tourism, logging, and mining especially in Central African Republic and the western Congo basin. She is a frequent contributor […]

Recap: Workshop on Media and Public Islam in Africa and Elsewhere

Keynote Lecture with Dr. Asonzeh Ukah On Thursday, the “Media and ‘Public’ Islam in Africa” Workshop began with a presentation by Asonzeh Ukah (University of Cape Town). His presentation, “From the Excess to the Apocalyptic: Media and the Production of Religious Surplus in Africa,” pointed to the last three decades following the liberalization and deregulation […]

Recap: Baraza with Dr. Marloes Janson

On Friday February 14, the Center for African Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies hosted a Baraza with Marloes Janson (University of London). Dr. Janson is a reader in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Her publications include: “Studying Religious Pluralism in Yorubaland: A Tribute to J.D.Y. Peel.” Religion and Society: Advances in Research […]

Recap: Baraza with Dr. Tasiyana Javangwe

On Friday January 31, Dr. Tasiyana Javangwe gave a Baraza lecture titled, “‘Dis/eased Others’ – Identity and Agency in Literary Representations of Migrants of African Origin.” Dr. Javangwe is associate professor in the Department of English and Communication at Midlands State University. His publications include: “Colonial heterotopia as metanarrative in White Rhodesian writing: A post […]