Nubisch erfgoed uit Boston. Hoe zit dat?
Zondag 17 Februari 2019 14:00 - 15:00
Hoe komt een collectie Nubische oudheden terecht in het Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? Dat vragen veel bezoekers van ons museum zich af. Dat heeft alles te maken met het werk van de Amerikaanse archeoloog George Reisner (1867-1942), die tussen de grote wereldoorlogen allerlei opgravingen deed in en rond de Nubische piramiden. Zijn ideeën bepaalden een eeuw lang ons beeld van de geschiedenis van Nubië. Conservator Bastiaan Steffens van het Drents Museum vertelt over de vondsten van Reisner en de Nubische cultuur. Gratis (voor bezoekers van het Drents Museum). Reserveren is niet mogelijk. Vol = vol (maximaal 120 personen)
Seminar: The Pioneers (Voortrekkers) monument in Pretoria. Classical ideals and Afrikaner ideologies
Maandag 18 Februari 2019 15:30 - 17:00
Commissioned by Afrikaners, this Art Deco structure measuring 40 x 40 x 64 metres is the largest monument in South Africa and has provoked strong responses from the country’s different peoples – from unconditional adulation to calls for its demolition. With a colossal frieze at eye level, the monument enshrines the ultimate version of the Afrikaner myth of the ‘Great Trek’ of 1835-52, including the journeys, conquests and rites of the Boer pioneers who became known as the Voortrekkers. Yet, despite its prominence, the monument has received remarkably little academic attention and no in-depth and question-driven art-historical study of this exceptional frieze (one of the largest of its kind in the world). In this lecture, Prof. Rolf Michael Schneider, LM Universität München, will address this remarkable lacuna.
Drawing from untapped primary (mainly Afrikaans) material, Prof. Schneider will address the question of how 17 years of Voortrekker memory and history were transformed into a frieze, 92 metres long and 2.3 metres high, chiselled from Carraran marble in the Italian city of Florence.The seminar is open to academics, students and anyone with a general interest in this subject. We particularly welcome colleagues from fields such as (Classical) archaeology, Art History, (African) History, Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. The seminar is organized by the Africa Studies Centre and Luris.
Sign of the Times: mad as hell: Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / De Balie met Antjie Krog, Gerard Spong e.a.
Maandag 18 Februari 2019 20:00 - 22:00
Kan grote, historische onrechtvaardigheid ooit worden rechtgezet? Is er een weg mogelijk voorbij de woede of moeten we dat helemaal niet willen? Samen met de wereldberoemde Zuid-Afrikaanse dichter Antjie Krog en topadvocaat Gerard Spong verkennen we de grenzen tussen woede, schuld en verzoening. Als geen ander vangt de wereldberoemde Zuid-Afrikaanse dichter Antjie Krog de woede die haar land in zijn greep houdt in haar sterk geëngageerde en veelbekroonde werk. Speciaal voor Sign of the Times schrijft Antjie Krog een verhaal over woede, wraak en vergeving in het hedendaagse Zuid-Afrika. Samen met Antjie Krog en Gerard Spong reizen we vanuit de context van Zuid-Afrika naar het Nederland van nu. Hoe zit het met de woede over de koloniale erfenis hier in Amsterdam? Een avond vol poëzie, theater en gesprek tussen twee kritische denkers. Sign of the Times: woede en vergeving is onderdeel van Lieve Stad, het stadsfestival van Internationaal Theater Amsterdam. Tijdens Lieve Stad, presenteren we ontmoetingen met andere culturen die verfrissende perspectieven bieden. Het festival – geïnspireerd door de woorden van voormalig burgermeester Eberhard van der Laan – is ónze liefdesverklaring aan de stad Amsterdam en haar inwoners.
PhD defence: Killing nature to save it? An analysis of two sport hunting policy arrangements in Uganda
Dinsdag 19 Februari 2019 13:30 - 15:00
PhD candidate: mr. A (Amos) Ochieng. Promotor: prof.dr. VR (Rene) van der Duim. Co-promotor: dr. IJ (Ingrid) Visseren-Hamakers. Organisation: Wageningen University, Cultural Geography
Promotie : The Acquisition of English Vowels by Javanese and Sundanese Native Speakers
Dinsdag 19 Februari 2019 13:45 - 14:30
PhD candidate: Arum Perwitasari. Second language (L2) learners often face difficulties while learning L2 sounds. Evidence suggests that difficulties in learning L2 sounds are affected by the first language (L1). Given the prominent status of English as a foreign language in the multilingual context of Indonesia, it is important to investigate whether Javanese and Sundanese learners of English show systematic problems in learning English. The results could not only serve as a test of L2 speech learning models, but also improve English education in Indonesia. Therefore, speech production and mouse-tracking experiments were carried out to investigate both the L1 vowel systems- and the pattern of L2 acquisition problems among Javanese and Sundanese learners of English. Promotoren: Prof.dr. N.O. Schiller & Prof.dr. M. Klamer
PhD defence: Integrated vector management (IVM) as a tool for community empowerment towards malaria elimination in Rwanda
Dinsdag 19 Februari 2019 16:00 - 17:30
PhD candidate: mr. E (Emmanuel) Hakizimana. Promotor: prof.dr.ir. W (Willem) Takken. Co-promotor: CJM (Sander) Koenraadt. Organisation: Wageningen University, Laboratory of Entomology
PhD defence: Influence of biophysical aspects on the performance of sustainable land management measures in the Usambara highlands of Tanzania
Woensdag 20 Februari 2019 13:30 - 15:00
PhD candidate: JM (Juma) Wickama. Promotor: prof.dr. CJ (Coen) Ritsema. Co-promotor: dr.ir. CA (Aad) Kessler & dr. ir. G Sterk. Organisation: Wageningen University, Soil Physics and Land Management
Promotie: Tuberculosis in Benin
Maandag 25 Februari 2019 10:30
Promovendus: de heer S.S. Ade. Promotor(es): prof. dr. P.N.R. Dekhuijzen, prof. dr. A.D. Harries (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Verenigd Koninkrijk). Copromotor(es): dr. M.J. Boeree, dr. R. Zachariah (World Health Organization, Zwitserland). (Sub)titel: Operational research to document and improve case finding and treatment outcomes in patients with tuberculosis in Benin, West Africa
PhD defence: Unravelling the diversity and distribution of the soybean rust fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi in East Africa
Maandag 25 Februari 2019 13:30 - 15:00
PhD candidate: mr. HM (Harun) Murithi MSc. Promotor: prof.dr.ir. BPHJ (Bart) Thomma. Co-promotor: dr.ir. MHAJ (Matthieu) Joosten & dr HP van Esse, dr G Mahuku. Organisation: Wageningen University, Laboratory of Phytopathology
Promotie: Tuberculosis in Zimbabwe
Maandag 25 Februari 2019 14:30
Promovendus: de heer K.C. Takarinda. Promotor(es): prof. dr. P.N.R. Dekhuijzen, prof. dr. A.D. Harries (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Verenigd Koninkrijk). Copromotor(es): dr. M.J. Boeree, dr. R. Zachariah (World Health Organization, Zwitserland). (Sub)titel: The burden of tuberculosis in Zimbabwe: operational research to document and improve tuberculosis control activities in a high HIV-prevalence setting
Promotie: Possessives in Tongugbe, a dialect of Ewe
Donderdag 28 Februari 2019 16:15 - 17:00
PhD candidate: Promise Kpoglu. Promotoren: Prof.dr. M.P.G.M. Mous & Prof.dr. A.C. Carlier (Université de Lille)
Book launch: The War Within. New Perspectives on the Civil War in Mozambique, 1976-1992
Maandag 11 Maart 2019 15:00 - 17:00
The 1976-1992 civil war which opposed the Government of Frelimo and the Renamo guerrillas (among other actors) is a central event in the history of Mozambique. Aiming to open up a new era of studies of the war, this book re-evaluates this period from a number of different local perspectives in an attempt to better understand the history, complexity and multiple dynamics of the armed conflict. Focusing at local level on either a province or a single village, the authors analyse the conflict as a "total social phenomena" involving all elements of society and impacting on every aspect of life across the country. The chapters examine Frelimo and Renamo as well as private, popular and state militias, the Catholic Church, NGOs and traders. Drawing on previously unexamined sources such as local and provincial state archives, religious archives, the guerrilla's own documentation and interviews, the authors uncover alternative dimensions of the civil war. The book thus enables a deeper understanding of the conflict and its actors as well as offering an explanatory framework for understanding peacemaking, the nature of contemporary politics, and the current conflict in the country. Please register
ASCL Seminar Series: 'Fear of the trader at Whitehall': UAC-Government relations in British West Africa, 1929-1941
Donderdag 14 Maart 2019 15:30 - 17:00
The formation in 1929 of the United Africa Company (UAC) was a watershed in business-government relations in British West Africa. Not only did its emergence upset the balance of power among commercial firms, it also transformed business-government relations in the region. This seminar, based on correspondence and confidential minutes between officials and the UAC, examines dimensions and repercussions of this fraught relationship, which rapidly deteriorated between 1929 and 1939. The relationship turned on an attempt by the UAC to absorb surviving trading, shipping and banking firms to create a mega-firm in 1929/30, and a further attempt to exploit its monopoly of trade, leading to the Produce Pool Crisis of 1938.
This seminar contributes to the understanding of business-government relations through the pressure group politics of a hegemonic firm driven by business empire builders, Sir Robert Cohen and Viscount Trenchard, and the countervailing pressure of a disparate coalition. It also provides striking parallels between the pressure group activities of Elder Dempster in shipping and UAC in the merchandise trade sector. Please register
promotie: Missing-ness, History and Apartheid-era disappearances
Woensdag 20 Maart 2019 11:45
Titel thesis: Missing-ness, History and Apartheid-era disappearances. Promovendus: R.Moosage. Promotoren: prof.dr. S. Legene, prof.dr. L. Witz, prof.dr. C. Rassool. Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen; Categorie Kunst, cultuur en geschiedenis
Young LeidenASA lecture: Protecting across Borders. Sudanese Families across the Netherlands, the UK and Sudan
Donderdag 21 Maart 2019 13:00 - 14:30
Ester Serra Mingot defended her dissertation at Maastricht University in December 2018. Her Young LeidenASA lecture is based on her disseration, in which she investigates how Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the UK, and their families back home navigate their social protection, locally and across borders. In our current globalised world, more and more people choose or are pushed to live across national borders, developing attachments and responsibilities in more than one nation-state. Yet, the traditional formal social protection systems have been envisaged to cater for sedentary populations, tied to one single country. Against this backdrop, this dissertation investigates the strategies that migrants develop to cover for their own and/or their families’ social protection needs, encompassing a series of formal and informal elements from different institutions (e.g. states, markets, third-sector organisations or informal social networks). It shows that the boundaries between formal and informal categories are blurred when we look at the multiple combinations of institutional arrangements that migrants and their families use.
International Conference 'Africa Works! - Future African Cities
The flagship event of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), Africa Works! is a biennial conference organized to position, promote and market the African continent as a valuable trade and investment destination. The fourth edition takes place on April 8 and 9, 2019 at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam. Africa Works! aims to inform, inspire, and connect the Dutch and European private sector with a multitude of companies and government representatives from Africa. Previous editions of Africa Works! welcomed 400-500 participants per day from the African and European private sector as well as government and knowledge institutions. Africa Works! has featured high-level keynote speakers like Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, then-minister of Foreign Trade Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Mr. Amine Bouabid, CEO of the Bank of Africa and Mr. Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). You can see an impression of Africa Works! 2016 here. For the first time Africa Works! will be co-organized along with NLinBusiness and the German-African Business Association, Afrika-Verein. Africa Works! 2019 will be officially opened on April 8, 2019 by Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb
ASCL Seminar Series: Islamist militancy in the Sahel: Critical reflections
Donderdag 11 April 2019 15:30 - 17:00
Far from constituting the latest front in the machinations of Global Jihad, Inc. the intensification of Islamist militancy in the Sahel must be viewed as the result of local conditions where radical Islam has become a vehicle of mobilization for aggrieved populations. Utilizing insights from Critical Terrorism Studies, this seminar examines Islamist militancy through the lens of state failure, competing ethnic identities, climate change, economic variables exacerbated by globalization, and failed counter-terrorism policies. Draconian repression on the part of state elites, for instance in Mauritania, where democracy activists are labelled as extremists, has incensed public opinion. The fact that Nouakchott received military and financial support from Paris and Washington has only served to swell the ranks of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Strongly discriminatory policies directed at Tuaregs in Niger and the use of Songhai militias in northern Mali have also resulted in their alienation and recruitment into the ranks of the jihadists. Climate change coupled within desertification and rising food insecurity has facilitated youth recruitment into extremist organizations. Please register
ASCL Seminar Series: Presence and social obligation: An essay on the share
Donderdag 16 Mei 2019 15:30 - 17:00
In a 2015 book, James Ferguson analysed the notion of sharing as a principle of distribution of social protection payments or “cash transfers” in the Global South in general, and in southern Africa in particular. Noting that current schemes of distribution are (like all “social” schemes before them) limited by principles of nation-state membership, he concluded that it may be possible to detect new logics of social obligation emerging that work not according to a logic of citizenship and national membership, but according to a principle of “presence”. This seminar will elaborate this conception and develop a more complete account of how such an understanding of presence might provide a basis both for an expanded sense of social obligation and for more inclusionary forms of politics. Chair: Prof. Rijk van Dijk, ASCL. Speaker: James Ferguson, Stanford University