Lezing en debat
Book launch: Roads through Mwinilunga – Writing Histories of Social Change in Southern and Central Africa
Dinsdag 22 Oktober 2019 15:30 - 17:00
Presentation by Iva Peša, followed by a panel discussion with Francesca Pugliese, Tycho van der Hoog and Klaas van Walraven.
Roads through Mwinilunga (Brill, 2019) historicises processes of social change in Northwest Zambia from 1750 until the present. Through a focus on agricultural production, mobility, consumption and settlement patterns, the book reassesses existing explanations of social change in Central Africa. For example, rather than taking a transition from ‘subsistence’ to ‘market’ production of maize in Mwinilunga District at face value, it is necessary to understand the agricultural foundations of production, which pivoted around hunting and cassava cultivation. Similarly, historical analysis can nuance Victor Turner’s predictions from the 1950s about village fission and disintegration due to capitalism and labour migration, as kinship and village life have retained their importance at present.
This seminar will start with a short presentation of the book by Iva Peša. After this, there will be a panel discussion on how to write histories of social change in Southern and Central Africa. Francesca Pugliese, Tycho van der Hoog and Klaas van Walraven will discuss how to write histories of everyday life, the challenges of using oral history and they will reflect on the limitations of ‘modernist narratives’ of African historiography.
The book Roads through Mwinilunga will be available during the seminar (€ 49,-, cash or card).
CRG seminar: Wilderness, hybridity, livelihoods: Contestations over the Cape Leopard in the Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape
Donderdag 24 Oktober 2019 15:30 - 17:00
The concept of hybrid spaces, in which human and non-human animals share space, is an attractive one in theory but may be a challenging one to put into practice particularly where large predators are involved. This paper focuses on the relationship between humans and felids (in this case, the Cape Mountain Leopard) in a specific spatial context, that of the mountainous region of the Cederberg in South Africa’s Western Cape province.
This seminar is organised by the CRG Trans-species perspectives on African Studies
PhD defence: The Influence of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms on Farmer Innovation and Rural Development in Emerging Economies: Examples from Uganda
Vrijdag 25 Oktober 2019 11:00 - 12:30
PhD candidate: mr. CL (Carlos) Barzola Iza MSc. Promotor: prof.dr. SWF (Onno) Omta. Co-promotor: dr. D (Domenico) Dentoni. Organisation: Wageningen University, Business Management & Organization
PhD: Inclusive employment: understanding the barriers to and facilitators of employment for persons with mental disability in East Africa
Maandag 28 Oktober 2019 11:45
Promovendus: I.D. Ebuenyi. Titel proefschrift: Inclusive employment: understanding the barriers to and facilitators of employment for persons with mental disability in East Africa. Promotor: prof.dr. J.G.F. Bunders-Aelen, dr. B.J. Regeer, dr. M. Guxens. Onderdeel Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen. Categorie Aard- en levenswetenschappen
PhD: Hospital Based Audit of Obstetric Care and Birth Preparedness in rural Rwanda
Maandag 04 November 2019 13:45
Promovendus: R. Kalisa. Titel proefschrift: Hospital Based Audit of Obstetric Care and Birth Preparedness in rural Rwanda. Promotor prof.dr. J.J.M. van Roosmalen, prof.dr. T.H. van den Akker, prof.dr. S. Rulisa. Onderdeel Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen; Categorie Aard- en levenswetenschappen
PhD: Reintroduction of vacuum extraction in a tertiary referral hospital in Uganda
Maandag 04 November 2019 15:45
Promovendus: B.J. Nolens- van der Horst. Titel proefschrift: Reintroduction of vacuum extraction in a tertiary referral hospital in Uganda. Promotor: prof.dr. J.J.M. van Roosmalen, prof.dr. T.H. van den Akker, dr. J. Byamugisha. Onderdeel: Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen; Categorie Aard- en levenswetenschappen
Special event with Charles Foster: Beasts in African Studies? Radical reflections on research methodologies
Donderdag 07 November 2019 15:30 - 17:00
In this special event, Dr Harry Wels and Prof. Jan-Bart Gewald will have a curated conversation with Professor Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast (2016), a New York Times Bestseller.
Charles Foster is a phenomenon; he does not fit any format. Read his books, and you will agree! In 2016 Prof. Foster received, together with ‘goat man’ Thomas Thwaites, the satiric Ig Nobel Prize, a prize for unusual or trivial scientific research that make people laugh first, but afterwards makes them think twice.
The ASCL seminar on 7 November will not try to mold Professor Foster into any regular expectation of an academic seminar either. The seminar will be a ‘curated conservation’ in the sense of ‘carefully chosen’ as the dictionary defines the word ‘curated’. The heart and carefulness of the conversation will be a series of radical reflections on qualitative research methodologies that rely on taking participant observation and empathy in the field to its limits. These reflections will be related to what they might mean for a perspective on African Studies that increasingly includes non-human animals. The conversation will take place in the framework of the Collaborative Research Group Trans-species perspectives on African Studies, of which Dr Wels is the convenor and Prof. Gewald a member.
Book launch: Brewing Identity - The Role of South Africa in the History of Namibian Beer
Donderdag 14 November 2019 16:00 - 17:00
Namibian beer is immensely popular in Namibia and beyond. The beer that is brewed by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) has grown into the national beverage of the country and is thus deeply ingrained into the idea of an autonomous and inclusive Namibia, which has been an independent state since 1990. But for decades on end, the same brew from the same company was not available to the black population as a consequence of colonial politics.
Breweries, Politics and Identity aims to explain how a European style beer has been transformed from an icon of white settlers into the symbol of an independent Namibian nation. The role of the South African state and South African Breweries is a vital aspect of this story. Drawing on fieldwork in Namibia and South Africa, and based on a wide array of sources, including old beer bottles, letters, photographs and interviews with (former) brewers, this book highlights the special relationship between the beer industry and national politics.
Stephen Ellis Annual Lecture by Emmanuel Akyeampong: Spirituality, Culture & Political Power in Early Independent West Africa
Dinsdag 03 December 2019 18:00 - 20:00
In his work Stephen Ellis probed the continuing influence of indigenous religions and cultural idioms and understandings of power on contemporary politics in West Africa. In this memorial lecture named after Stephen Ellis, Prof. Emmanuel Akyeampong draws on his insights to explore the nexus of spirituality, culture, and political power in the connected lives of three first generation African nationalist leaders: Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Sekou Touré of Guinea, and Leopold Senghor of Senegal. Mission-educated (Catholic) in the cases of Nkrumah and Senghor, with the former even considering a priestly vocation and the latter deeply influenced by his Catholic faith, the exigencies of political power and nation-building necessitated reaching out to different religious constituencies. Imagining the African nation-state opened doors to various ethnic cultural influences. These processes were not unambiguous, unsurprisingly, and this first generation of nationalist political leaders – in their experiments with secular, modern African nation-states – would bequeath multiple registers that continue to shape modern politics in contemporary Africa. Emmanuel Akyeampong is the Ellen Gurney Professor of History and of African and African American Studies and Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Center for African Studies at Harvard University. Please register
Marlene Dumas houdt 48ste Huizingalezing
Vrijdag 06 December 2019 20:00 - 21:30
Op vrijdag 6 december houdt beeldend kunstenaar Marlene Dumas de 48ste Huizingalezing. In de Pieterskerk in Leiden zal Dumas een rede houden met als titel ‘Het Onverantwoordelijke Gebaar - of ga terug naar waar jij vandaan komt’. Dumas’ lezing gaat over gedachten en verschijnselen die zich opdringen wanneer gesproken wordt over beeldende kunst: begrippen zoals oorsprong, cultuur, vrijheid en censuur. En over de onontkoombare relatie tussen beeld en woord. Marlene Dumas (1953) wordt beschouwd als een van meest toonaangevende beeldend kunstenaars van deze tijd. Na haar opleiding aan de Universiteit van Kaapstad (B.A. Schone Kunsten, 1972 -1975) studeerde zij aan de Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. Sindsdien woont en werkt zij in Amsterdam. Internationale bekendheid verwierf Dumas met haar vernieuwing van het geschilderde portret in ‘close up’ en de uitbeelding van de menselijke figuur. Zij speelt met de meerduidigheid van het beeld en de rol van de beschouwer. Op verschillende continenten zijn solotentoonstellingen te zien geweest: in 2008 in New York (MoMA) en in 2014 in Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum). In 2014 verscheen ook een hernieuwde uitgave van haar publicatie Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts: een tekstbundel over haar rol als kunstenaar en die van de kunst in het algemeen.