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  • December 01, 2014

    • The Echo of Empathy in Nandipha Mntambo's "The Encounter"
    • Ross Truscott presents his paper, "The Echo of empathy in Nandipha Mntambo's The Encounter." The paper is an early draft chapter from a book project on the concept of empathy, thought through a postcolonial frame, in the context of post-1994 South Africa. Empathy is frequently deployed to mark a break with patterns of colonial violence, yet as a structure of feeling and imagining it has also ordered various forms of knowledge that rationalized colonial rule. Truscott's contention is that empathy cannot offer an exit to the script of colonialism unless the history out of which it was forged, and the attendant epistemological structure of the concept, is excavated and reworked. As one instance wherein such reworking has taken place, the images and installations of artist, Nandipha Mntambo, specifically in her collection, The Encounter offer, the paper argues, an Echo to the disavowed narcissism of empathy -- echoing the history of the concept, underscoring the violence of empathy, indeed empathy as predation, while abiding by it through a practice of reinscription.
  • December 03, 2014

    • The New Black
    • Panel discussion moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry with Mark Anthony Neal, Blair Kelley, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Yvonne Welbon. A film about how the African American community grapples with LGBTQ issues in light of the marriage equality movement and the struggle for civil rights. Light refreshments
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CAAAR cultivates the best of scholarship about Africa and its diaspora and broadcasts it beyond the ivy walls, not just for the sake of information but also in service to society. The Center is consciously interdisciplinary--encompassing all of the humanities and the social sciences-and international, embracing Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, and Asia. CAAAR supports initiatives by students, faculty, and other professionals in the Duke community, while encouraging collaborations with scholars and professionals worldwide.

J. Lorand Matory, Director.

  • Serah Shani is presently at Yale University, Council on African Studies     Her areas of academic and research interest are: Globalization, Migration, Transnationalism, Political Anthropology, Africa and The African Diaspora, Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Anthropology and Education, Race and Ethnicity studies, and Ethnographic Research

    Geographic Focus:Sub-Saharan Africa, the African Diaspora and the United states

    Languages: English, Swahili, Maasai, Kikuyu and Kisii

Carl James’ extensive background in youth work and community development informs his recent work on educational programs that are responsive to the particular needs, experiences, interests and aspirations of young people living in inner sub-urban contexts. He is particularly engaged in exploring avenues for making education more reflective of community interests, concerns and values, and on enhancing educational and occupational access and equity for marginalized youth.

Scholarly Interests

Equity in education related to ethnicity, race, social class, and gender; anti-racism and multicultural education; urban education; youth and sport; practitioner research; community development (social work); immigrant settlement; immigration and minority issues in Sweden; and social and educational issues in the Caribbean.


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