(Photo courtesy of Meg Riggs.)

The UO’s African Studies Lecture Series presents 6-10 talks each academic year on an inter-disciplinary set of topics. Speakers are a mixture of UO faculty members, Africanists in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and scholars of national and international renown. A primary goal of the series is to contribute to a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and foster community around African Studies on the UO campus. The African Studies Lecture Series is open to UO students, staff, faculty, and the larger Eugene community. Many of the talks from the past five years are available for free viewing and download at the UO African Studies webpage here or by clicking on the titles below.

All talks are held from 12-1.15 pm in the University of Oregon's Knight Library Browsing Room. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact africa @ uoregon.edu or graboyes @ uoregon.edu

2017-2018 African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Lindsay Braun, Daphne Gallagher, Melissa Graboyes

Fall 2017

Friday, October 6. Tamara Giles-Vernick. Anthropology/History. Institut Pasteur. “A Pre-History of Zoonotic Outbreaks in Southeastern Cameroon” **Happening in the EMU Crater Lake North EMU 146**

Tuesday, October 24. Lanie Millar. Romance Languages/Comparative Literature. UO. “Manuel Rui and the Postcolonial Angola that Is Not”

Wednesday, November 8. Nora Kenworthy. Anthropology/Global Health. University of Washington. “Mistreated: the Political Aftermath of HIV Treatment Expansion in Lesotho” 

Winter 2018

Monday, January 22. Sarah Zimmerman. History. Western Washington University. "Gender, Citizenship, and Diminishing Access: Goréen Women in Post-Emancipation Senegal"

Monday, January 29.  Ama de-Graft Aikins. Psychology/Global Health. University of Ghana. "Sugar Disease, Bitter Medicine: living with Diabetes in an urban poor Ghanaian Community"

Wednesday, February 14. Andre Djiffack. Romance Languages. UO. "Teaching and Researching on Mongo Beti"

Spring 2018

Tuesday, April 17. Brett Rushforth. History. UO. “Daily Traffic with the Frenchmen: Merchant Colonialism and West African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century”

Tuesday, May 15. Lokangaka Losambe. English/Literature. University of Vermont. "The New African Diaspora Writer and the Idea of a Convivial Humanity"

Tuesday, May 30. Hannah Appel. Anthropology/Economics. UCLA. "Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea"

2016-2017, African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Lindsay Braun, Daphne Gallagher, Melissa Graboyes

Fall 2016: Challenges of Development

Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Dr. Anne M. Santiago. Political Science. University of Portland.
“Land Use Change in Eastern Africa: Developing a Model of Regime Rhetoric and Framing of the Debate over Land Use”

Thursday, October 27, 2016. Dr. Joshua Grace. History. University of South Carolina.
"Motoring Out of Time: Histories of Technology and Development in Tanzania"

Thursday, November 17, 2016. Dr. Alfredo Burlando. Economics. University of Oregon.
"Financial Savings Groups and the 'Ultra Poor:' Lessons from East Africa"

Winter 2017: Foodways

Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Dr. James McCann. History. Boston University.
“Taytu’s Feast: Nation, Food, and History in Ethiopia”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 2017. Dr. Stephen Wooten. International Studies and Anthropology. University of Oregon.
"Cooking Culture on the West African Savanna"

Monday, March 6. 2017. Dr. Sarah Walshaw. History. Simon Fraser University.

"Feasting and Fasting: Foodways in Politics, Religion, and Social Life on the Swahili Coast (Tanzania) since 700 CE"

Spring 2017: Modern Social & Cultural Formations

Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Dr. Dawne Curry. History & Ethnic Studies. University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

"Squatting, Space and Power in the 1946 Alexandra's Squatter Movement"

Thursday, May 11, 2017. Dr. Dennis Galvan. International Studies. University of Oregon.
“Everyday Nation Building: Creativity, Culture and Community in Senegal and Indonesia”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Dr. Trina Hogg. History. Oregon State University.
"A Pioneer of Civilization? The Impact of the Construction of Sierra Leone Railway on African Lives in the Early 20th Century"

AFR Special Event

Friday, October 21, 2016. Dante Paradiso. US Department of State.
"The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy in Liberia"

2015-2016, African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Kemi Balogun, Doris Payne

Fall 2015: Performative Culture

Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Dr. Susan Gagliardi. Art History. Emory University.
"Unseeing Audiences: Women and Power Associations on the Senufo-Mande Cultural ‘Frontier'”"
Thursday, October 29, 2015. Patience Munjeri. Kutsinhera Cultural Arts Center in Zimbabwe.
"Traditional Zimbabwean Mbira Music and Its Uses in Spiritual and Cultural Contexts”
Thursday, November 12, 2015.  Dr. Habib Iddrissu. Ethnomusicology & Dance, University of Oregon
"Creation of the Multi-Ethnic Master Drummer”

Spring 2016: Gender & Sexuality

Monday, April 11, 2016. Dr. Angela Montague. International Studies. University of Oregon.
"Rites vs. Rights: Female Genital Cutting in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptise. History. University of California-Davis."
"The Ancient and The Modern: Customary and Civil Marriage and Family Law in Post-Colonial Gabon”
Thursday, May 12, 2016. Dr. Sanyu Mojola. Sociology. University of Colorado-Boulder.
"Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS”

2014-2015, African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Kemi Balogun, Daphne Gallagher, Melissa Graboyes

Fall 2014: Women and Gender

Dr. Beverly Stoeltje. Folklore. Indiana University. 
'Queen Mothers in Contemporary Asante in Ghana: Authority or Decorative Symbol?'
Dr. Jinny Prais. History/African Studies. Columbia University. 
'Who is Marjorie Mensah?’ The Educated Woman and the Formation of a Modern West African Nation'
Dr. Yvonne Braun. International Studies/Women and Gender Studies. UO. 
'Networking for Women’s Rights: Transnational Organizing in Southern Africa'

Winter 2015: Political Economy

Dr. Todd Pugatch. Economics. Oregon State University. 
'Upgrading Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from The Gambia.'
Dr. Kemi Balogun. Sociology/Women and Gender Studies. UO. 
“Beauty Diplomacy and Entrepreneurial Masculinity: State and Market in the Nigerian Beauty Pageant Industry.'
Dr. Rebecca Hardin. Environmental Studies. University of Michigan. 
“Beyond Biopolitics: Cultural Economies of Disease Emergence and Re-Emergence in African Landscapes.”

Spring 2015: Health and Environment

Dr. Johanna Crane. Anthropology. University of Washington. 
'The Indirect Costs of Global Health: African Universities and Invisible Labor in Transnational Science.'
Dr. Paul Jepson. Agriculture. Oregon State University. 
'Women, Children and Pesticides in West Africa—Tackling an Unacceptable Burden through Community Engagement.'
Dr. Kim Yi Dionne. Government. Smith College. 
'Political Challenges and Failures in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak.'

AFR Special Event
Dr. Laura Fair. History. Michigan State University.
'It Takes More Than Profits to Make a Man: Historical Understandings of Success Amongst Tanzanian Entrepreneurs.'

2013-2014, African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Daphne Gallagher, Melissa Graboyes

Fall 2014: Africa/Food

Dr. Judith Carney. History. UCLA.
Mr. Michael Twitty. Independent Scholar.
“Afroculinaria: Exploring the Foodways Legacy of Trans-Atlantic Slavery.”

Dr. Daphne Gallagher. Anthropology. University of Oregon.
“Shea Butter and Land Management in Precolonial Burkina Faso”

Dr. Larry Becker. Geography. Oregon State University.
“Land Sales on the Urban Fringe in Mali: Food and Equity in Jeopardy?” 

Winter 2014: Africa/Democracy

Dr. James Long. Political Science. University of Washington.
“The Impact of Elections on Kenya’s Path to Democratization”

Ambassador Eric Benjaminson. Gabon Oregon Center. University of Oregon.
“A 21st Century African Transition: Gabon as a Case Study of the Unanticipated Frictions of Democratization.”

Dr. Lisa Gilman. Folklore. University of Oregon.
“Ethnic Pride or Tribalism: The Formation of Ethnic Associations in Multiparty Malawi.”

Spring 2014: Africa/Economies

Dr. Isaac Mbiti. Economics. Southern Methodist University.
“M-Pesa: Mobile Money and its Effects in Kenya.”

Dr. Stelios Michalopoulos. Economics. Brown University.
“On the Institutional Origins of African Development: National versus Ethnic-Specific Legacies.”

Dr. Melissa Graboyes. African Studies. University of Oregon.
“Economies of Blood in East Africa: From Witchcraft to Transfusions.”

AFR Special Event
Dr. David Leonard. Political Science. UC Berkeley. 
“Civil Unrest and Land Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

2012-2013, African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Daphne Gallagher, Melissa Graboyes

Fall 2012: Africa and the World

Dr. China Scherz. Anthropology. Reed College.
“Having People, Having Heart: Charity, Sustainability, and Problems of Dependence in Central Uganda”

Dr. A.B. Assensoh. African American & Africa Diaspora Studies. Indiana University.
“A Comparative Study of African Decolonization Process and the US Civil Rights Movement”

Dr. Jamie Monson. History. Macalester College.
“China-Africa Development and the Other Cold War: Stories from the TAZARA Railway Project”

Winter 2013: Africa and Culture


Dr. Mokaya Bosire. Linguistics. University of Oregon.
“Swahili Nation: Language and Development in East Africa”

Dr. Candice Goucher. History. Washington State University.
“Iron Sails the Seas: Technology and Gender in the African Diaspora”

Dr. Amadou Fofana. French. Willamette University.
“The Representations of Women in the Films of Ousmane Sembene”

Spring 2013: Africa and the Environment

Dr. Joshua Linder. Anthropology. James Madison University.
“Bush Meat and Palm Oil: Eating Away African Biodiversity, Food Security, and Livelihoods”

Dr. Badege Bishaw. Forestry. Oregon State University.
“Integrated Watershed Management and Agroforestry in Gondar, Ethiopia”

Dr. Lindsay Braun. History. University of Oregon.
“Colonialism and Atomization: Individual Land Tenure in the Western Transkei, South Africa, 1865-1922”  

AFR Special Event

Stephanie Diakite
“The Evacuation of the Timbuktu Manuscripts and Their Life in Exile: The Work of T160K”

2011-2012, African Studies Lecture Series

organized by Daphne Gallagher, Melissa Graboyes

Dr. Juli McGruder. Anthropology/ Occupational Therapy. University of Puget Sound.
“Interrogating the WHO’s Finding of a More Benign Schizophrenia in Poor Countries: Lessons from Zanzibar”

Dr. Lioba Moshi. Linguistics. University of Georgia.
“The Manifestations of Cultural and Gender Roles in some African Languages”

Dr. Joyce Millen. Anthropology. Willamette University.
“Philoblidarity: New Paradigms for a more Authentic African Independence”

Dr. Steven Rubert. History. Oregon State University.
“An Environmental History of Zimbabwe’s Highveld”

Dr. Jocelyn Mueller. Biology. Tufts University.
“Including Local Ecological Knowledge in Global Conservation Initiatives in Niger”

Dr. Stephen Dueppen. Anthropology. University of Oregon.
“Spiritual Leadership and Dispersed Power in Prehistoric Burkina Faso”

Dr. Jennifer Tappan. History. Portland State University.
“A Healthy Child Comes from a Healthy Mother: Malnutrition and Motherhood in Buganda, 1950-1974”

Dr. Isidore Lobnibe. Anthropology. Western Oregon University.
“The Immigrant Factor in Ghanaian Electoral Politics and the Politics of Belonging in Brong Ahafo”