Graduate Research Workshop

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Annual KASC Graduate Research Workshop | In-person &Virtual

The annual KASC Graduate Research Workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2024 from 9:00 am-4:30 pm in Bailey Hall (Rooms 109 and 204) and Virtual.


TimeSession Title
09:00am – 09:15am CT (15:00-15:15 UTC)

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Bailey Hall 109


Passcode: 2024

09:15am – 10:45am CT (15:15- 16:45 UTC)

Session 1: 

Location: Bailey Hall 109


Passcode: 2024

Chair: Ismahan Diop, Associate Professor & Clinical Psychologist, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar Sénégal 

Omowunmi Olaleye (School of Social Work, University of Kansas)

  • A Cross-national Multicultural Analysis of the Definition and Measurement of Childhood Adversity

Umar Olansile Ajetunmobi (Department of Communications Studies, University of Kansas)

  • "Am I Crazy?" Communicating Stigma About Jinn-Related Mental Health Conditions in Nigeria: Muslim's Lived Experiences and Management Strategies

Anele Siswana (Department of Psychology, University of South Africa)

  • Complexities of Mental Health and African Healing Practice among AmaGqirha Kwa Xhosa in the Eastern Cape: towards an integrative model in clinical practice
10:45am – 11:00am (16:45- 17:00 UTC)


Location: Bailey Hall 109

11:00am – 12:30pm CT (17:00- 18:30 UTC)

Session 2: 

Location: Bailey Hall 109


Passcode: 2024

Chair: Stacey Vanderhurst, Associate Professor, KU Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Bongani Mavundla (Institute for Social Health Sciences, University of South Africa)

  • Constructions and Practices of Transnational Fatherhood Amongst Somali Men in Johannesburg, South Africa

Christabel Tsoto (KU Department of Geography)

  • A Comparative Study of Well-being Outcomes for Children of Regionally and Internationally Migrated Parents

Ridwan Muhammed (KU Department of History)

  • Blessings of Marriage: Neoliberal Modernity and Family Planning in Yorubaland 1952-1990
12:30pm – 1:15pm CT (18:30- 19:15 UTC)

Lunch Break

Location: Bailey Hall 109

1:15pm – 2:45pm CT (19:15- 20:15 UTC)

Session 3A: 

Location: Bailey Hall 109


Passcode: 2024

Chair: Aimee Wilson, Associate Professor, KU Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Bernice Franklina Abolga (KU Department of African and African-American Studies)

  • Traumatic Echoes: Afropolitan Experience in Darko’s Beyond the Horizon and Adichie’s Americanah 

Luana Caetano Thibes (KU Department of African and African-American Studies)

  • Female self-agency in Chimamanda Adichie's narratives: Emancipatory perspectives

Abisola Akinsiku (KU Department of English)

  • The Politics of Death: Necropolitics in NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names  

Session 3B: 

Location: Bailey Hall 204


Passcode: 845383

Chair: Asmaa Benbaba , Lecturer, KU Department of African & African American Studies

Siakpebru Priscillia Obiageli (KU Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies)

  • The Biafra War and the Null Curriculum: Addressing Historical Omissions to Address Current Issues and Find Solutions

  Ernestina Wiafe (College of Education, Kansas State University)

  • Incorporating Teachers in Curriculum Development for Effective Implementation: A Sustainable Approach to K-12 Education in Ghana

Elizabeth Chunda (KU Department of African & African-American Studies)

  • Rebranding Pan-African Movements: A deliberate initiative? 
2:45pm – 3:00pm CT (20:45-21:00 UTC)


Location: Bailey Hall 109

3:00pm – 4:30pm CT (21:00- 22:30 UTC)

Session 4A: 

Location: Bailey Hall 109


Passcode: 2024

Chair: Marwa Ghazali, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston

Alicia Houser (KU Department of History)

  • The Women Who Made Moshi: An Urban History of Independent Tanzania

Eric Splavec (KU Department of Political Science)

  • The Birth of a Superpower 

Charity Adela (KU Department of Geography)

  • Changing Dynamics in the Area of Coastal Lagoons in Ghana: A case of the Fosu lagoon

Session 4B: 

Location: Bailey Hall 204


Passcode: 845383

Chair: Luciano Tosta, Associate Professor, KU Department of Spanish & Portuguese 

Adesoji Adedipe (KU Department of History)

  • Infrastructure of mobility and segregation in Nigeria: Urban motor public transport in Lagos in perspective

 Ofon-ikot Emmanuel Ayodeji (KU Department of African & African-American Studies)

  • Exploring Afro-diasporic spirituality: A comparative of African traditional religion in Brazil and in Nigeria

 Sunday Adegbenro (KU Department of English) 

  • Cultural Paradigms in Academia: An African Scholar's Perspective on American 'Goblin Mode'