What does it mean when an African pop singer sings in Mandarin Chinese on China's CCTV that she wants to marry a Chinese? How the notion of "race" and "blackness" are entering China's popular culture? China-Africa relationship has recently become a hot topic in global political and economic debates. Yet, everyday live experiences and popular expressions associated with the unprecedented interactions between China and Africa have been little explored areas. In this talk, drawing upon my recent fieldwork among African musicians in China, I will discuss the Beijing-based Sierra Leone pop singer Maliya (Mariatu Kargbo) and her signature song "Marry to Chinese." By closely examining the lyrics, music, and image of the song, the historical legacy of China's official approach towards "Black Africa," and the recent African migrants' experience in Reform China, I draw attention to how Africa and China's new relationship is being characterized through eroticism and racial differences in cultural representations.
Lara Pawson¿s In the Name of the People: Angola¿s Forgotten Massacre is the first book in English to deal with the events surrounding the 27 May 1977 in Angola, when a former government minister, Nito Alves, led a protest, or a revolt, against the MPLA government. Through her accounts of conversations with witnesses, perpetrators, victims of brutality and bereaved survivors, Pawson illustrates the impact of the events of 1977 on the social and political culture of contemporary Angola. She argues that her book challenges a ¿crisis of historiography¿ that has to do with the way in which history has been defined by the stories of powerful male individuals and of organised politics. She reflects upon the obstacles faced by a left-wing writer in confronting the failings of revolutionary movements, and the shortcomings of politically committed historians and journalists who have uncritically accepted the preferred narratives of only one organisation or faction and dismissed the validity of alternative readings.
A panel of scholars and a practicing artist from the fields of Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary art of Europe and Latin America will present current projects speaking to issues of time and space in art, art history and visual culture with a range of conceptual, political and philosophical approaches.
Eduardo Douglas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Colonial and Modern Latin American Art History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Carolyn Laferriere, Ph.D. Candidate, Ancient Art History, Yale University
Amy Knight Powell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medieval and Renaissance Art History, University of California, Irvine
Ivan Puig, Artist, Mexico City
A conversation with Rennie Harris Puremovement and Thomas F. DeFrantz
Moderated by Mark Anthony Neal.
Rennie Harris Puremovement is a dance troupe which focuses on the rich and diverse African-American traditions. Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz is the Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Prof. DeFrantz's work focuses on theories of African diaspora aesthetics, intersections of dance and technology, and dance historiography.
Mark Anthony Neal is a Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Prof. Neal engages in interdisciplinary scholarly work in the fields of African-American, Cultural, and Gender Studies that draws upon modes of inquiry informed by the fields of literary theory, urban sociology, social history, postmodern philosophy, Queer theory and most notably popular culture.
With an impressive resume of social activism in response to social injustices, Patrisse Cullors was naturally inspired to action by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Starting the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, Cullors (together with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi) prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner under which this generation¿s civil rights movement marches.
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.
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.