Agenda 2019

September 2019

van za21.09
t/m zo22.09
Nederland, Leiden - Universiteit Leiden - Lezing en debat
Nacht van Ontdekkingen: lecture by Dr Harry Wels
Van Zaterdag 21 September 2019 -  17:00
t/m Zondag 22 September 2019 - 01:00

On Saturday 21 September, between 5 pm and 1 am, the seventh edition of the Nacht van Ontdekkingen ('Night of Discoveries') will be organised by Leiden University. Dozens of scientists, theatre makers, musicians and artists take you into their world. This year's theme is LIGHT & DARK. Dr Harry Wels, convenor of the CRG Trans-species perspectives on African Studies, will give a lecture entitled 'Shedding New Light on African Studies: Transspecies Perspectives'. One of the outcomes for African Studies and other (sub)disciplines in the Social Sciences, of the overwhelming scientific evidence that concludes that humans and animals only differ in degree and not in kind, should be to reconsider the anthropocentrism in theory, methodology, and research. To date, this argument has not been considered accepted wisdom in academia. The responses to the start of the Collaborative Research Group ‘Transspecies Perspectives on African Studies’ at the African Studies Centre Leiden have been mixed: Some hail it as progressive and timely, others accuse it of neo-colonialism. Developing a transspecies perspective in these contexts requires sensitivity to the political nature of knowledge, on the one hand, and a keen eye for emerging understandings in academia on the other. By way of example, this presentation will show how a transspecies perspective affects the particular topic of nature conservation in southern Africa, based on a recent publication from the African Studies Centre Leiden. Location: Hortus Botanicus, Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden


Oktober 2019

Nederland, Leiden - Universiteit Leiden - Lezing en debat
Seminar: The Reopened AfricaMuseum Tervuren
Donderdag 10 Oktober 2019 15:30 - 17:00

The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren is known as one of the most beautiful and impressive Africa museums in the world. In December 2018, the completely renovated museum reopened its doors. Bambi Ceuppens played a crucial role in the intense renovation and the development of the new displays between 2008 and 2018. She will tell how the old museum has transformed itself into a modern museum about contemporary Africa, while looking back critically at the colonial past. Speaker: Bambi Ceuppens, Royal Museum for Central Africa Tervuren. Bambi Ceuppens received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. She has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester and St Andrews and was a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University and the Catholic University of Leuven. Currently a senior researcher and curator at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Bambi Ceuppens’s research focuses on the colonial history that the Congo and Belgium share, Congolese arts and cultures, Congolese in Belgium, museum representations of Africa(ns) and autochthony. Please register