Past Events

  • 2018 Dec 11

    History Design Studio Workshop

    4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    HISTORY DESIGN STUDIO AT THE HUTCHINS CENTER, 104 MOUNT AUBURN STREET, FLOOR 3R, CAMBRIDGE, MA

    The History Design Studio is a workshop for the most exciting new ideas in multimedia history. Joining a commitment to the professional practice of history with an experimental approach to form and presentation, the HDS is a creative space where students and scholars can design new modes of historical storytelling. We express historians’ core values through the innovative methods of artisanship and craft.

    Workshops include group discussion, rapid prototyping exercises, and formal and informal group critique sessions with History Design Studio fellows and guest critics....

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  • 2018 Dec 10

    BOSTON UNIVERSITY WALTER RODNEY SEMINAR SERIES FEATURING GEORGE PAUL MEIU

    12:15pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    William O. Brown Seminar Room (Rm 505) - 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

    "Plastic Panics: Masculinity, Materiality, and Citizenship in Kenya" by George Paul Meiu

    The Boston University Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series is held every Monday from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the African Studies Center.

    Over the past 35 years, the Walter Rodney Seminar has brought more than 500 guest speakers to BU’s African Studies Center. The lecture series is interdisciplinary, and has included presentations by established and incipient scholars in all Africa-related disciplines, including history, anthropology, political science, economics,...

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  • 2018 Dec 07

    Seminar Series: "Transformismo masculino: Black Lesbian Performance in Post-Socialist Cuba"

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    104 Mt. Auburn Street 3R, Seminar Room

    Matthew Leslie Santana: "Transformismo masculino: Black Lesbian Performance in Post-Socialist Cuba"
     
    While gay men and transgender women in Cuba have seen considerable change in the state’s attitude toward sexual diversity over the last ten years, Afrodescendants, lesbian women, and transgender men have been left out of the discourse of Cuba’s “sexual revolution.” This is particularly true in the arena of transformismo or gender performance, where drag queen performance has been embraced by the state while drag king performers—who are predominantly working-class Black lesbian...

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  • 2018 Dec 06

    HOLIDAY PARTY WITH CAS, AAAS AND HUTCHINS CENTER

    5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Concourse (1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138)

    Please join the Center for African Studies, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and the Department of African and African American Studies to celebrate this holiday season. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, good food, and the company of Africanist friends from around the university and the Greater Boston Community!
    The Holiday Party is an annual year-end event co-hosted by the Department of African and African American Studies, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the Center for African Studies at Harvard University. The goal of this...

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  • 2018 Dec 05

    Acts of Naturalization: Immigration and the Early Novel

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    At the Radcliffe Institute, Stephanie DeGooyer is completing “Acts of Naturalization: Immigration and the Early Transnational Novel,” a book that investigates naturalization as a legal and literary form and explains its significance for negotiating the settlement of foreigners and refugees in Europe and its colonies in the early 18th century. Arguing that naturalization is an aesthetic act that both facilitates and complicates political personhood, this project advances the 18th century as a progressive place from which to rethink immigration criteria today.

    Lecture by...

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  • 2018 Dec 05

    BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES

    Wed Dec 5 (All day) to Sat Jan 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    Loeb Drama Center - 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138

    Barber Shop Chronicles

    December 5, 2018 – January 5, 2019

    By Inua Ellams

    Directed by Bijan Sheibani

    Design by Rae Smith

    A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production

    Newsroom and political platform, confession box and stadium—for generations, barber shops have been places where African men gather to discuss the world. Leaping...

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  • 2018 Dec 05

    The Yoke of Bondage - Christianity and African Slavery in the United States

    Wed Dec 5 (All day) to Fri Mar 15 (All day)

    Location: 

    2nd Floor, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, 45 Francis Avenue

    Most people today assume that Christianity and slavery are incompatible. For most of Christian history, however, the opposite was true. Christians not only owned slaves, but they also argued that slavery was sanctioned by the Bible.

    This exhibit explores the relationship between Christianity and African slavery in the United States from the late eighteenth century, when the first antislavery societies were organized, until the onslaught of the Civil War.

    In sermons, poems, pamphlets, and memoirs, American Christians fought over the meaning of their faith. In...

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  • 2018 Dec 03

    AFRICAN STUDIES WORKSHOP FEATURING CLAUDIA GASTROW

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Center for African Studies Lounge - 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

    Claudia Gastrow is an anthropologist of Southern Africa specializing in issues of land, urbanism, housing, informality and governance, with a special focus on Angola. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2014, and currently lectures at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.  She will present Anarchic Citizens and Bandit States: Urbanism, Civility, and Materiality in Luanda.  Discussant: Ronald Niezen.

    A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the ...

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  • 2018 Dec 03

    BOSTON UNIVERSITY WALTER RODNEY SEMINAR SERIES FEATURING MICHAEL WOLDEMARIAM

    12:15pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    william O. Brown Seminar Room (Rm 505) - 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

    "Divide and Rule: Partition and Illiberal State-Building in the Horn of Africa" by Michael Woldemariam

    The Boston University Walter Rodney Seminar lecture series is held every Monday from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the African Studies Center.

    Over the past 35 years, the Walter Rodney Seminar has brought more than 500 guest speakers to BU’s African Studies Center. The lecture series is interdisciplinary, and has included presentations by established and incipient scholars in all Africa-related disciplines, including history, anthropology, political science...

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