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Africana Studies

The Africana Studies Program brings a global outlook to the study of Africa and its Diasporas. Drawing on analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, education, history, literary studies, political science and sociology, the program focuses on peoples of African descent within the context of increasing globalization and dramatic social, economic and political changes.

To discuss your plan of study, ideas for special projects and summer work, and other aspirations, please contact Professor Alice Lesnick.

To particpate, share ideas, resources, announcements with the broader community, please use our online community space on Serendip Studio at :africanastudies or join us on Facebook

<<Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College
                                      African Art Collection

                                       February--May, 2015

                         Canaday Library, Coombe Suite (second floor)
                                       Bryn Mawr College


In honor of Black History Month and looking ahead to the completion
of the new Black Cultural Center on campus, Bryn Mawr College’s
Special Collections and Africana Studies programs have collaborated
on Backtalk, an exhibition of selected objects and selective information
from the College’s African Art Collection. Showcasing 35 artworks
keyed to various aspects of family, political and spiritual life, Backtalk
invites viewers to engage questions of what the collection includes,
leaves out, clarifies, and obscures, as well as how this collection
came to be and how it functions within and beyond the College. As an
exhibition, Backtalk strives to facilitate meaningful discussions about
the complexity of exhibition and ownership of African cultural items.
Opening reception. On February 5, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00pm, the
community is warmly invited to an opening reception in the Canaday
Library Coombe Suite immediately before the Naomi Tutu Black History
Month Keynote lecture.

Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, February 18, 6:00-8:00 pm, a group
of scholars will discuss methods for talking back, with attention to the
tensions and synergies between scholarly and political discourse.
Creative Workshop.
On Saturday, February 21, 11:30am to 1:30pm,
participants will respond via writing, visual media, and/or performance
to pieces/aspects of the exhibition in a workshop led by Alice Lesnick,
Term Professor of Education, Director, Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education
Program, and Coordinator, Africana Studies. Location: Coombe Suite.
Social Media. Viewers are invited to engage virtually via a Backtalk
webspace at Serendip Studio.
https://serendip.brynmawr.edu/oneworld/backtalk

Africana Studies Classes Spring 2015
at Bryn Mawr:
ANTH200
The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Gallup-Diaz,Ignacio
ARCH230
Arch & Hist of Ancient Egypt
Ataç,Mehmet-Ali
CITY266
Schools in American Cities
Cohen,Jody
COML388
Contemporary African Fiction
Beard,Linda-Susan
EDUC200
Critical Issues in Education
Lesnick,Alice
EDUC260
Multicultural Education
Cohen,Jody
EDUC266
Schools in American Cities
Cohen,Jody
ENGL234
Postcolonial Lit in English
Tratner,Michael
ENGL264
Black Bards (Poetry)
Beard,Linda-Susan
ENGL362
African American Literature
Beard,Linda-Susan
ENGL388
Contemporary African Fiction
Beard,Linda-Susan
GNST105
Intro to Swahili Lang/Cult II
Mshomba,Elaine O'Halloran
HIST200
The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Gallup-Diaz,Ignacio
HIST236
African History since 1800-Africa since 1800
Ngalamulume,Kalala J.
HIST337
Topics in African History-Witchcraft Ideology
Ngalamulume,Kalala J.
POLS243
African/Carib Persp World Pol
Allen,Michael H.
SOCL266
Schools in American Cities
Cohen,Jody

at Haverford:

ANTHH155
Themes in the Anthropology of Religion
Noonan-Ngwane,Zolani
 
ENGLH265
African American Literature:Satire in the Black Tradition
Solomon,Asali
 
HISTH221
Slavery, Agency and Ideologies
Laurent-Perrault,Evelyne
 
HISTH307
Gender, Race, and Class in the Americas
Laurent-Perrault,Evelyne
 
RELGH132
Varieties of the African American Religious Experience
Settles,Shani Salama
 
RELGH229B001
Black Religion and Womanist Thought
Settles,Shani Salama
 
RELGH305B001
Seminar in Religion, Ethics, and Society: Religion and Ethnography
Settles,Shani Salama

 

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Publications

Recently published is Bryn Mawr's Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume's new book,  Colonial Pathologies, Environment and Western Medicine in Sant-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920

Focusing on yellow fever, cholera, and plague epidemics as well as on sanitation in the context of urban growth in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal between 1867 and 1920, this book explores how the French colonial and medical authorities responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination. Official reactions ranged from blaming the Africans and the tropical climate to the imposition of urban residential segregation and strictly enforced furloughs of civil servants and European troops. Drastic and disruptive sanitary measures led to a conflict between the interests of competing conceptions of public health and those of commerce, civil liberties, and popular culture. This book also examines the effort undertaken by the colonizer to make Senegal a healthy colony and Saint-Louis the healthiest port-city/capital through better hygiene, building codes, vector control, and the construction of waterworks and a sewerage system. The author offers insight into the urban processes and daily life in a colonial city during the formative years of the French empire in West Africa.