"The Future of African Studies" Symposium

Thursday, September 27th 04:00 pm

The cooling towers of the decommissioned Orlando Power Station, a coal-fired power station that is now used for bungee jumping and BASE jumping in the township of Soweto, South Africa. For 56 years the plant supplied the city of Johannesburg with electricity.   

September 27 and 28, 2018 | Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall
Sponsored by Center for African Studies, Rutgers Global, Department of English, and Rutgers University Libraries

September 27, 2018

4:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
James Masschaele, Executive Vice Dean, SAS, Rutgers University
Stéphane Robolin, Rutgers University

4:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: African Studies and the Politics of Difference
Simon Gikandi, Princeton University

6:00 p.m.


September 28, 2018

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Panel I: Unquestioned Answers & Unanswered Questions: Present Alternatives in African Studies
Moderated by Genese Sodikoff, Rutgers University
Abosede George, Barnard College
Kwame Otu, University of Virginia
Meredeth Turshen, Rutgers University
Barbara Cooper, Rutgers University (Respondent)

11:00 a.m.

Panel II: Problems & Possibilities: Perspectives from the Future of the Field
Moderated by Jordan Steiner, Rutgers University
Gbemisola Abiola, Harvard University
Adam Aziz, Rutgers University
Derek Gideon, Penn State University
Gabriel Bamgbose, Rutgers University (Respondent)

1:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Panel III: Africa With/In/Beyond Area Studies: African Studies and the Fields of Impact
Moderated by Carolyn Brown, Rutgers University
Ousseina Alidou, Rutgers University
Gaurav Desai, University of Michigan
Shaden Tageldin, University of Minnesota
Richard Schroeder, Rutgers University (Respondent)

5:30 p.m.

Center for African Studies Party
Dashen Ethiopian Cuisine (88 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ)


For more information, contact Stéphane Robolin