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Programme

Provisional Programme

Sunday 4th 

1500-1830 

Orientation and dinner

Registration / Accommodation Check-in
Rootes Social Building, reception ground floor

1830-2030

 Orientation and welcome BBQ (location Red Square, behind Rootes Social Building)

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Monday 5th

Theories of Origin
The first day of the summer school addresses the history of Afrocentrism and the debates around ‘Africa-as-origins’ as well as looking at pre-colonial African history in global context. It focuses on questions such as: what are the ruptures and continuities between pre-colonial and colonial Africa? How have pre-colonial histories had an effect on colonial / post-colonial Africa? How should we study pre-colonial Africa in its own right? How are the particular issues that concern pre-colonial African historical studies also issues for historians beyond Africa?

 0930-1100

Lecture: The World and Africa—Africa and the World: Musings on a Paradigm Shift
Maghan Keita, Professor of History, Villanova University

 1100-1130

Tea / Coffee

 1130-1330

Seminar / Workshop: The Role of Africa in European Integration
Peo Hansen, Associate Professor at REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden

 1330-1500

Lunch

 1500-1700

Seminar / Workshop: The Place of Africa in the International System: The 'Third World' and Beyond
Gerard McCann, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational History, University of Oxford

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Tuesday 6th

Theories of Culture
This day is organised around understandings of culture, community and belonging. It addresses popular culture in East Africa, looking at the media, music and literature. Understandings of culture are expanded to include notions of friendship and solidarity and this day also looks at the resources necessary for survival in the context of young people's lives in West Africa.

0930-1100

Lecture: Kenya's 43rd Tribe: Exclusions and Appropriation in the Construction of Kenyan Identity
Joyce Nyairo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies at Moi University and the Ford Foundation's Program Officer for Media, Arts and Culture in its East Africa office in Nairobi.

1100-1130

Tea / Coffee

1130-1330

Seminar / Workshop: Asking, Giving, Receiving: Cultures of Friendship and Cooperation Amongst Children of Accra’s Urban Poor
Phil Mizen, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Comparative Labour Studies, University of Warwick

1330-1500

Lunch

1500-1700

Participant Presentations:

Africa and the Civilising of International Society
Julia Gallagher
Who Built Kilwa's Swahili Civilization - Arabs, Africans or Arab-Africans/African-Arabs?
Chambi Chachage
The Age of Re-embodiments as a Rural Afrocentric Theory of Global History
Ruth Thomas-Pellicer
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Politics of Eating, Ethnic Calculus and Kenya’s 2007 Post Election Violence
Shilaho Westen Kwatemba
African Sport, Sport in Africa and the Politics of Development
Simon C. Darnell

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Wednesday 7th

Theories of Literature
This day is organised around an examination of the relationship between Anglophonic, Francophonic, Lusophonic, Arabic and 'indigenous' literary traditions. It also addresses the effect globalisation is having on African literature and vice versa and looks at the literary relationship between Africa and Europe.

 0930-1100

Lecture: Implications of an African Approach to 'Truth' and 'Reconciliation' for a Post-Conflict Situation: Use of Narrative in the State and Fictional Contexts
Yvette Hutchison, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick

 1100-1130

Tea / Coffee

 1130-1330

Seminar / Workshop: Rediscovering the African Presence in Europe through Literature
Victoria Margree, Senior Lecturer, School of Historical and Critical Studies, University of Brighton

 1330-1500

Lunch

 1500-1700

Seminar / Workshop: Contemporary Francophone Writing from Sub-Saharan Africa
Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, Associate Professor of French Studies, University of Warwick 

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Thursday 8th

Theories of Heritage
This day addresses issues around the history and politics of the display of African heritage both within and beyond the continent. How have display strategies for African heritage changed in the UK in the postcolonial period? How have Africans displayed their own histories and conceptualized the significance of the museum in their own countries since independence?

 0930-1100

Lecture: The ‘Global’ in African Nomadic Heritage
Hassan Arero, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The British Museum

 1100-1130

Tea / Coffee

 1130-1315

Seminar / Workshop: Sitting on the Fence: Embedding Ancient Egypt in Africa
Sally Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 1315-1415

Lunch

 1415-1600

Seminar / Workshop: Presenting Egypt as an African Culture in the Manchester Museum: Privilege and Prejudice
Karen Exell, Manchester Museum

 1630-1830

Public Lecture and Reception: What Africa Gives the World
Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society

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Friday 9th

Theories of History
The final day of the summer school is organised around the place of Africa within global history. It seeks to understand how we historicise the relationships between pre- and post-colonial societies and examines the ways in which we can account for alternative 'indigenous' historiographies.

 0930-1100

Lecture: Nationalist Historiography and its Aftermath
Toyin Falola, Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and Distinguished Teaching Professsor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters

 1100-1130

Tea / Coffee

 1130-1330

Seminar / Workshop: Globalisation and Nativism in African History
Dan Branch, Assistant Professor of History, University of Warwick

 1330-1500

Lunch

 1500-1700

Participant Presentations: 

Mainstreaming/Alternativity: Internationalism and the Pan-African Biennale Model
Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi
From Marginality to Liminality: The African Image in Modernist Conceptions of Cuban Identity, 1970-1975
Christabelle Peters
Geographies of Contemporary African art
Evelyn Owen
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The African Author in the Literary Marketplace: Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Katie Reid
From Periphery to Centre and Back: North African Littérateurs in Late Antiquity
Lieve van Hoof
The Independent Music Practices as New Horizons for Social Participation in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guillermo Quiña

 1800 -

Close of Summer School Meal