The Western Indian Ocean as a Regional Food Network in the Nineteenth Century

Professor Ned Alpers presents the first Monday Africa Seminar Series (MASS) lecture.

Monday, January 12, 2009
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
10th floor
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Ned Alpers is a Professor and the Chair of the UCLA Department of History.


Ned Alpers received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1966.  After teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, he joined the faculty at UCLA, returning to Africa for research, including a year up country in Tanzania and a Fulbright year at the Somali National University in Mogadishu.  His research and writing focus on the political economy of international trade in eastern Africa through the nineteenth century, including the cultural dimensions of this exchange system and its impact on gender relations, with special attention to the wider world of the western Indian Ocean.  He has served as President of the African Studies Association (1994) and Chair of its National Program Committee (2001).  His books include Ivory and Slaves in East Africa (University of California Press, 1975) and East Africa and the Indian Ocean (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2008), as well as many articles and edited volumes.

Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($9) parking is available in lot 3.

James S. Coleman African Studies Center310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center