College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Graduate Research Workshop

11th Annual Graduate Research Worskhop

Friday, March 25, 2022

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(09:00 – 09:15) Introductory Remarks

(09:15 – 10:15) Session 1:  Public Health and Well-being

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Kathryn Rhine; African & African-American Studies and Geography and Atmospheric Science, (KU)

Adjeiwa Akosua Affram (Health Policy, Planning and Management, University of Ghana)

  • Long-Term Care for Older Adults in Ghana: An Exploration of Normative Values for Policy Decision Making

Syed Muhammad Omar (Psychology, KU)

  • Sustainability Orientation to Well-being in Ghana: Implications of Neoliberal Subjectivity and Dagomba Muslim’s Conceptions of Well-being


(10:15 – 10:30) Break

(10:30 – 12:00) Session 2: Children and Family

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Annabella Osei-Tutu; Psychology, (University of Ghana)

Christabel Tsoto (Geography and Atmospheric Science, KU)

  • Maternal versus Paternal Migration and its Effect on Child Wellbeing

Omowunmi Olaleye (Social Welfare, KU) 

  • Conceptual Analysis of the Child, Childhood, and Family trauma: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Agnes P. Muyanga (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, KU) 

  • Caring for African Bodies and Spaces – Evidence from the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah Festival


(12:00 – 12:45) Lunch Break

(12:45 – 2:15Session 3: (De)Coloniality, Liberation, and Cultural Production

Chair/Moderator: Dr. James Yeku; African & African-American Studies, (KU)

Ogochukwu Ngwudike (English, KU)

  • Un -gendering Africa: Expansive Representations of Queer Bodies and Sexualities in Nigerian Literature 

Brigid Enchill (French, Francophone, & Italian Studies, KU)

  • Neo-Colonialists in Tandem with locial elites: Kaveena by Boubacar Boris Diop

Priscilla Judson Wallace (History, University of Houston)

  • Origins of Black Radical Tradition


(2:15 – 2:30Break

(2:30 – 4:00Session 4: Social Science Perspectives

Chair/Moderator: Dr. John Gluckman; Linguistics, (KU)

Eric Splavec (Political Science, KU)

  • The Merits of Military Aid: An examination of the interactions between US military aid and terrorism in the East African Community

Aron David Finholt (Linguistics, KU)

  • Complementizer Distinctions in Mashi

 Ahmad S. Mustafa (Political Science, KU)

  • The Role of Laws and Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes: Al-Azhar Institution as a case study

5:00     Get Together at McLains @ KU

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