College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Graduate Research Workshop

10th Annual KASC Graduate Research Workshop | Online

Friday, February 19, 2021

Register here:

09:00 – 09:15    Welcome and Introductions

                        Dr. Elizabeth MacGonagle and Dr. Glenn Adams

09:15 – 10:15      Session 1 | Text and Context

Chair: Dr. Byron Santangelo (KASC, English)

Ogochukwu C. Ngwudike | English

  • Writing back to the Empire: African Literature from the 1950s to Present

Ousmane Lecoq Diop | French, Francophone, & Italian Studies

  •  Decolonial versions of Cosmopolitanism and self- expression in Senegalese Literature and popular culture: Felwine Sarr's: Meditations Africaines ( 2012); Dahij (2009) and Rideau, Abouet, Beleteau and Ndiaye's "C'est la vie" (2015)

Ahmad S. Mustafa | Religious Studies

  • Constitutionalising Scriptures, Maqasidi Discourse as a Model

10:20 – 10:50       Coffee with Director Zadi Zokou (Black N Black)

11:00 – 12:15       Session 2 | Bodies of Knowledge, Bodies of Power

           Chair: Dr. Kapila Silva (KASC, Architecture)       

           Heather N. Snay | Geography and Atmospheric Science

  • Expanding the 'Medical Gaze' through Art

Doriane A. Meyer | Architecture and Design

  • Maids' Rooms: Spatial Segregation in Brazilian Residence

Mia Hafer | Art History

  • Personalized Prints, Treasured Talismans: A Reexamination of the Early Islamic Printed Talisman Tradition

L. Haley Bajorek | African and African-American Studies, Museum Studies

  • A History of Black Museums in the United States: A Model for Better Epistemological Definitons and Practices

12:15 – 12:45       Lunch        

  12:45 – 2:00       Session 3 | Spaces, Places, Connections

         Chair: Dr. Ebenezer Obadare (KASC, Sociology)    

William Hatungimana | Political Science

  • What's in the Subjective Eye that sees Immigrants: An Investigation of the Correlates of Attitudes towards Immigrants in Southern Africa

Kenneth O. Ekpetere | Geography and Atmospheric Science

  • Estimating Probable Maximum Precipitations over the African Regions using IMERG Satelite Datasets

Eric Splavec | Political Science

  • Dead Aid? US Military Aid and Kenyan Counterterrorism Operations

Maggie Wilcox | School of Public Affairs and Administration

  • Kenyans and Kansas Citians- Do planners consider newcomers?"

 2:00 – 2:15      Tea Break

2:15 – 3:30      Session 4 | Gender, Youth and Migration

           Chair: Dr. Stacey Vanderhurst (KASC, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) 

Mariah Stember | Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • We Were Also There: Women and the Namibian Liberation Struggle

Agnes P. Muyanga | Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Rhetorical Analysis of Uganda's Feminist Organizations' Caring Practices: The Case of Akina Mama wa Afrika, Freedom and Roam Uganda, & Femme Fort

Linda Chimwemwe Banda | School of Social Welfare

  • The perspective of stakeholders in ending child marriages: How social, cultural, and political environments shape the practice of child marriages in Malawi

Christabel Tsoto | Geography and Atmospheric Science

  • Parental Migration and its Effects on the Well-being of Children Left Behind in Zimbabwe

3:30        Virtual Happy Hour

Abstracts can be found here:





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