Migration and Sociopolitical Mobility in Africa and the African Diasporas International Conference Honoring Edward A. Alpers (Day 1)

Conference in honor of distinguished UCLA History Professor Edward A. Alpers

Thursday, April 11, 2013
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Royce Hall 314
UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles CA, CA 90095

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DAY ONE - Royce Hall 314


Opening Remarks (8:30AM): Françoise Lionnet

Director, James S. Coleman African Studies Center; Professor, French and Francophone Studies,

Comparative Literature and Gender Studies


SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Panel One (8:45AM – 10:45AM): West Central Africa and the Atlantic World

Chair: José C. Curto, York University

T.J. Desch-Obi, CUNY Baruch College, “Le Defi: African Diasporas and the Mascarene Martial Arts”

Shobana Shankar, Georgetown University, “Religion and Reasons for Diaspora: The Ahmadiyya in Africa”

Emily Musil Church, Lafayette College, “ ‘Vive la France, vive l’Afrique Noire!’: Race and Citizenship in the French Atlantic Empire during WWII”

Robin D.G. Kelley, UCLA, “Diasporas and Revolutions”

José C. Curto, York University, “Re-thinking the Origin of Slaves in West Central Africa”

Discussant: Sidney J. Lemelle, Professor of History and Black Studies, Pomona College


Coffee Break: 10:45AM – 11:00AM


Panel Two (11:00AM – 1:00PM): Urban and Rural Spaces in Colonial and Independent Africa

Chair: Allison Shutt, Hendrix College

Willis Okech Oyugi, UCLA, “Revisiting the 'Pastoral Cattle Complex: Commercializing the Livestock Industry in Kenya’s Maasailand, 1930s-1960s”

Ruby Bell-Gam, UCLA, “The Roots of Despair in Nigeria’s Delta Region: Commerce, Politics, and Environmental Decline”

Shimelis Bonsa Gulema, SUNY-Stony Brook, “The Politics of City Making: Addis Ababa since the 1940s”

Hideaki Suzuki, McGill University, “Banian and Port City: A Case Study of the Kachchhi Bhatiya in the Nineteenth Century Zanzibar.”

Allison Shutt, Hendrix College, “Defamation and Honor in Urban Southern Rhodesia, 1930s-1950s”

Discussant: Pier M. Larson, Professor of History, The Johns Hopkins University


Lunch Break: 1:00PM – 2:30PM


Panel Three (2:30PM – 4:30PM): Women, Gender and Sexuality in Colonial and Post- Colonial Africa

Chair: Nwando Achebe, Michigan State University

Kathleen Sheldon, Independent Scholar, “Researching the History of African Market Women”

Jamie Monson, Macalester University, “Gendered (Non)Alignment: African Women’s Delegations to China in the Cold War”

Phoebe Musandu, UCLA, “Tokenism or Representation?: Priscilla Abwao’s Nomination to Kenya’s Legislative Council in 1961”

Bridget Teboh, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, “Conflicting Agendas and Colonial Woman Palavar: Madame Maternity’s Un/likely Career Path?”

Nwando Achebe, Michigan State University “Lesbian Sex, Internet Voyeurism, and Corrective Rape at a Nigerian University”

Discussant: Margaret Strobel, Emerita Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago


History Department Reception in Honor of Professor Edward Alpers

5:00PM – 7:00PM in Royce Hall 306

RSVP for reception to Zoe Rose Buonaiuto at zoe@history.ucla.edu


For more information, please contact the Organizing Committee Chair Awet T. Weldemichael at awet.tewelde@uky.edu

Pay-by-space and all-day ($11) parking available

Cost : free and open to the public

UCLA African Studies Center(310) 825-3686


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Department of History, • Mellon Post-Doctoral Program "Cultures in Transnational Perspectives," UCLA • G.E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA • Division of Undergraduate Studies, UCLA • Division of Social Sciences, UCLA • Professor Robin Kelley, UCLA • Center for the Study of Women, UCLA • Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh, UCLA • College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky