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The Carter Conference


The 2020 Carter Conference on

Shifting Momentum in African Agriculture through Research and Technologies:

SMART Agriculture | SMART Growth | SMART Kids

Improving resiliency, livelihoods, and nutrition

Hosted by the Center for AfricaStudies & Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

at the University of Florida postponed dates to be announced.

For over 25 years the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida has organized annual lectures or a conference in honor of the late distinguished Africanist scholar, Gwendolen M. Carter. Gwendolen Carter devoted her career to scholarship and advocacy concerning the politics of inequality and injustice, especially in southern Africa. She also worked hard to foster the development of African Studies as an academic enterprise. She was perhaps best known for her pioneering study The Politics of Inequality: South Africa Since 1948 and the co-edited four-volume History of African Politics in South Africa, From Protest to Challenge (1972-1977).

In the spirit of her career, the annual Carter lectures offer the university community and the greater public the perspectives of Africanist scholars on issues of pressing importance to the peoples and societies of Africa. Since 2004, the Center has (with the generous support of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) appointed a Carter Faculty Fellow to serve as convener of the conference.

The 2020 Carter Conference program is forthcoming.

Keynote Speakers

Isaac Sesi | Co-founder and Team Lead of Sesi Technologies.

isaacIsaac has been named one of MIT’s Technology Review’s “35 Innovators under 35”

Ayoola Oduntan | CEO and Group Managing Director, natnudO Group

ayoolaThe story of Ayoola Oduntan company’s strategic path to success has been studied by the Harvard Business School.

Session Speakers

Joseph Mureithi | DDG Livestock Research, Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization

Ephraim Nkonya | International Food Policy Research Institute

Berhanu Gebremedhin | Precision Agriculture for Development

Evelyn Ohanwusi | International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Registration Information

More information regarding registration for the Carter Conference is forthcoming.



Harn Musuem of Art

Parking & Directions

Address: 3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

Parking is free after 3:30 pm on weekdays. Monday through Friday, before 3:30 pm, parking is available for $4 at the kiosk in front of the museum. Free handicap parking is available near the entrance to the museum.

For individuals with a valid University of Florida parking decal, “all decal” parking is available in the lot and parking garage in front of the Cultural Plaza.

Note: Objects including (but not limited to) purses larger than 11 × 14 inches, backpacks, umbrellas and rigid baby carriers that pose a potential hazard to the art are not permitted in the galleries. Items may be checked at the Information Desk.

Directions to Harn Museum of Art


J. Wayne Reitz Union

Reitz Union

Parking & Directions

Address: 655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603

Note: There is a campus-wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour.

We recommend parking in the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage located on Museum Road. There is a daily fee of $6.00 to park in this garage. Visitors should park on the lower level of the Reitz Union parking garage and then follow payment instructions posted on signs at each space. These signs direct customers to one of four pay stations where electronic space meters accept payment in bills, coins or Visa and MasterCard. An attendant will be available to answer questions or assist you at the pay stations. If you are staying at the Reitz Union Hotel, you will receive parking privileges in the garage for one vehicle per room.

Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. Short-term and daily fees apply during this time. The garage may be used during non-operating hours for short-term parking, free of charge.
Directions to the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage
Information about the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage

For more information, please contact

Andrea Bohn
Project Manager
+1 352-294-1064

Please check the links below for more information about previous conferences.

2019  ENERGY | AFRICA: from Technopolitics to Technofutures

2018  Text Meets Image, Image Meets Text: Sequences and Assemblages Out of Africa and Congo

2017  On the Edge: What Future for the African Sahel?

2016  Tropics of Discipline: Crime and Punishment in Africa

2015  Schools of Architecture & Africa: Connecting Disciplines in Design and Development

2014  Kongo Atlantic Dialogues

2013  The Politics of Permanent Flux: State-Society Relations in the Horn of Africa

2012  Health, Society & Development In Africa

2011  African Independence: Cultures of Memory, Celebrations & Contestations

2010  Bridging Conservation and Development in Latin America and Africa: Changing Contexts, Changing Strategies

2009  African Creative Expressions: Mother Tongue & Other Tongues

2008  Migrations In and Out of Africa: Old Patterns and New Perspectives

2007  African Visual Cultures: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Regions

2006  Law, Politics, and Society in South Africa: The Politics of Inequality Then and Now

2005  States of Violence: The Conduct of War in Africa

2004  Movement (R)evolution: Contemporary African Dance

2003  Dynamics of Islam in Contemporary Africa

2002  Zimbabwe in Transition: Resolving Land and Constitutional Crisis

2001  Governance and Higher Education in Africa

2000  Renegotiating Nation and Political Community in Africa at the Dawn of the New Millennium

1999  Aquatic Conservation and Management in Africa

1998  Africa on Film and Video

1997  Communication and Democratization in Africa

1995  African Entrepreneurship

1994  Transition in South Africa

1993  Africa’s Disappearing Past: The Erasure of Cultural Patrimony

1992  Sustainability in Africa: Integrating Concepts

1991  Involuntary Migration and Resettlement in Africa

1990  Health Issues in Africa

1989  Structural Adjustment and Transformation: Impacts on African Women Farmers

1988  Human Rights in Africa

1987  The Exploding Crisis in Southern Africa

1986  The African Food Crisis: Prospects for a Solution

1984-85  SADCC’s Bid for Independence from South Africa: Will it Succeed?