AAA Conference: "Women Agency in Africa: Role, Motivation and Voice"

The African Activist Association at UCLA presents the 6th Annual Graduate Student Colloquim at the Fowler Museum, May 20-21, 2011. The keynote address on Friday, May 20 features UCLA African Studies alum Muadi Mukenge, discussing "Who Will Fund the Revolution: Women's Funds and Social Justice in Africa." The Saturday, May 21 program will consist of panel discussions and presentations on cinematic, artistic, and gender representations of women in Africa.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095



Saturday, May 21 – 10am to 4pm at the Fowler Museum Lenart Auditorium  --  Panel Discussions (subject to change)

Panel I  --  Cinematic Representations of Women in Africa (10am-11:30am)

Moderator:  Claudia Hoffmann, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Interdepartmental Program in African Studies and the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media

  • Dana Turken (Film and Television, UCLA): "Storytelling and Silence: Identity Re-Construction in Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust"
  • Nina Lavelanet (Film and Television, UCLA): “The Roses and gifts are like a machine-gun against your neck”: The Politics of Haitian Female Sexuality in Heading South (Vers le Sud)
  • Elinam Dellor (Public Health, UCLA): "Modernity and Women's Sexuality in Nigerian Film"
  • Jane'a Johnson (Film and Television, UCLA): "What If Mary Was An Illegal African Immigrant? The Children of Men as a Near-Future Nativity Story"
  • Alexander Woodman (African-American Studies, UCLA): "Struggle of Perceptibility"

Panel II  -  Artistic Representations of Women Agency in Africa (11:45am-1:00pm)

Moderator: Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Professor, Worlds Arts and Cultures, UCLA

  • Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts (Worlds Arts and Cultures, UCLA): "African Women at the Cutting Edge of Power and Resistance"
  • Casey O'Neil (Applied Linguistics, UCLA): "Powerlessness of Women: A Study of Referential Expressions in the Music Industry"
  • Charmaine Lang (African World Literature and Rhetoric, CSU Dominguez Hills): "Authentic Voice, Agency and Empowerments: Teaching the Works of Ama Ata Aiodoo"
  • Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba (Art History, University of Port Harcourt): “Implications of Texts in Analyzing Material Culture: A Case of Olokun Shrine Sculptures”

Lunch: 1:00pm to 2:30pm on the Fowler Terrace – Lunch is provided free to conference attendees

Panel III  -  Gender Representations of Women in Africa (2:30-3:45pm)

Moderator: Edith M. Omwami, Assistant Professor, School of Education, UCLA

  • Barbara Goldberg (Founder, Wells Bring Hope): "Transforming the Lives of Women in West Africa"
  • Clemence Pinaud (History, University of Sorbonne, Paris): "From Huts to the Front: Women's Roles in Southern Sudan's Civil War”
  • Sarah Watkins (History, University of California, Santa Barbara): “The Triumph of the Wife: Sex, Gender and the State in Nineteenth Century Rwanda”
  • Amanda Silver-Westrick (Geography, UCLA): “Gender Roles and Inequalities Regarding Domestic Water Acquisition in Guede”
  • Rayed Khedher (Anthropology, UCLA): “The African Court of Women: A Deconstruction of the Widely Used and Misused Neoliberal Concepts of ‘Victimization and Empowerment’”

African Activist Association:
Co-Chair: Deborah Dauda
Co-Chair: Adaeze Nnamani
Treasurer: Anne Mueller
Secretary: Farah Abdi
Public Relations: Ridwa Abdi
Planning Committee: Cynthia Ugwuibe, Brian Smithson, Lafayette Gaston

Special Instructions

Pay-by-space and all-day parking ($10) available in lot 4 (enter UCLA at Westwood Plaza and Sunset Blvd., off Sunset). For campus map, directions, transportation options to UCLA, visit

Cost : Free and open to the public

For more information please contact:

African Activist Association at UCLATel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, UCLA International Institute, Fowler Museum at UCLA, UCLA Graduate Students Association, UCLA Campus Programs Committee (CPC), USA for Africa, African Education Project (UCLA)