Upcoming Events


Spring 2024 Events Line Up

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Thursday, January 25

FLAS Info Session

Come learn about FLAS and get help with your application.

4 PM| Bailey 318

 

Tuesday, January 30

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Brian Norris, Lincoln University

Political Decentralization in the Rural Areas in the Global South: Comparing the Cases of Mozambique, Colombia, and Bolivia  

12:00 PM CT (18:00 UTC)| Virtual and Strong 307

Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/KASC001

February 2-11

African Cup of Nations Watch Party 

Bailey 109

February 15-16

2024 Symposium on African Digital Humanities 

Digital Humanities, African Stories, and Agency

Accra, Ghana (Hybrid)

 

Monday, February 19

Book Talk Series

Equals in Learning and Piety: Muslim Women Scholars in Nigeria and North America

Dr. Beverly Mack, Prof. Emeritus, Department of African & African-American Studies, KU

12:00 PM (18:00 UTC)| Virtual

Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/KASC004

 

Friday, March 1

KASC Graduate Research Workshop

Scholarly presentations on Africa & its Diaspora

9:00 AM – 4 PM (15:00-22:00 UTC) | Virtual and In-person

 

Wednesday, March 20

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Imani Sanga, University of Dar-es- salaam

Sonification of Anti-slavery Resistance in Semzaba’s Kiswahili Play Tendehogo

12:00 PM (17:00 UTC) | Virtual and Bailey 204

Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/KASC002

Tuesday, March 26

The Lives of Extraordinary Women of West Africa and Senegal: Tableau Ferraille

Screening & Discussion with Director Moussa Sene Absa

 7:00 PM | Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

 

Wednesday, March 27

Book Talk Series

Cultural Netizenship: Social Media, Popular Culture, and Performance in Nigeria

Dr. James Yeku, Assistant Prof. Department of African & African-American Studies, KU

 12:00 PM (17:00 UTC) | Virtual

 

Wednesday, March 27

The Lives of Extraordinary Women of West Africa and Senegal: Madame Broutte

Screening & Discussion with Director Moussa Sene Absa

 7:00 PM | Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

 

Thursday, March 27

The Lives of Extraordinary Women of West Africa and Senegal: Xale

Screening & Discussion with Director Moussa Sene Absa

 7:00 PM | Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

 

Wednesday, April 3

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Sophia Mo, University of Kansas

Speak Next to the Masses: Assia Djebar’s Rescripting of the Role of the Revolutionary Writer12:00 PM (17:00 UTC) | Virtual and Bailey 204

Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/KASC003

 

Wednesday, April 3

African & Diasporic Language Festival

Join us for an evening of skits, music & dance

4:00 PM | Burge Union, Forum D

 

Saturday, April 6

Afro Prom

Flag parade, Spoken word, performances, African food, African Music

6:00 PM| Ballroom, Kansas Union

 

Wednesday, April 10

African Heritage in Brazilian Music and Culture

12:00 pm CDT (17:00 UTC), in 318 Bailey Hall & via zoom

Zoom Meeting Details: ID 919 1265 3460 Passcode:2024

 

Wednesday April 17

International Jayhawk Festival

4 pm, Burge Union

 

Wednesday, April 24

Book Talk Series

Secular Narrations and Transdisciplinary Knowledge

Dr. Hannoum Majid, Prof. Department of Anthropology, KU

12:00 PM (17:00 UTC)| Virtual

 

Friday, May 3

KASC Council Meeting

Meeting open to KU affiliates (faculty, students, and staff) who have strong interest and active participation in African Studies

Virtual and In-person, Time, Venue TBA

 

Fall 2023 Events Line Up

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Thursday, August 31,

Kansas Room, Kansas Union, 12 pm

FLAS Social and Orientation

 

Friday, September 8

Bailey, 109, 1 pm

Oscar Micheaux Film Series

Atlantics (2019)

 

Saturday, September 9

Centennial Park, 5 pm

KASC Fall Gathering

 

Thursday, September 14

Bailey 318 (Hybrid), 12 pm

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium with Dr. Ebenezer Obadare (Council on Foreign Relations Fellow)

 

Sunday September 24,

Lawrence Public Library, 3:30 pm

Multicultural Storytime

 

Thursday, September 28

Kansas Room, Kansas Union, 1 pm

International Career Forum

 

Thursday, October 5

Jayhawk Welcome Center, 7:00 pm

AAAS Marwa Muhammad Lecture Series

 

Saturday October 7

Baldwin Public Library 11 am

Multicultural Storytime

 

Tuesday, October 10

Bailey 318 (Hybrid), 12 pm

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium with Dr. Emily Riley (El Colegio de Mexico)

 

Tuesday, October 10

Virtual, 4 pm

FLAS Info Session 1

 

Friday, October 13

Bailey, 109, 1 pm

Oscar Micheaux Film Series

Destination Planet Negro (2013)

 

Thursday, October 19 & 20

Kansas Health Institute, Tokepa

MAAAS Conference

 

Tuesday, November 08

Virtual, 12 pm

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series with Dr. Merve Fejzula (University of Missouri)

 

Tuesday November 08

Bailey 318, 4 pm

FLAS Info Session 2

 

Tuesday, November 14

Alderson, Kansas Union, 5 pm

Film Screening & Discussion

"Garden City"

 

Wednesday, November 15

Venue, time TBA

KASC Annual Symposium

 

Sunday December 10

Lawrence Public Library 3:30 pm

Multicultural Storytime

 

Spring 2023 Events 

Wednesday, February 8

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Daria Trentini, Formal And Informal Collaborations Between Traditional Healers and Public Health in Northern Mozambique

12:00 PM via Zoom

In this presentation, Dr. Trentini will examine how these guidelines have been implemented by Mozambique’s Public Health (saude), especially through the creation of the “Institute of Traditional Medicine” in 2010.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/Ujamaa-with-Daria-Trentini

 

Wednesday, March 1

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Nathan Wood, Vagabond Tourism and a Non-Colonial European Gaze:

Kazimierz Nowak’s Bicycle Journey across Africa, 1931-1936

This talk argues that his critical gaze on colonialism and capitalism arose due to his method of travel as a poor, vagabond tourist and because of his position as a European from a country without colonies in Africa.

To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/Ujamaa-with-Nathan-Wood

12:00 PM via Zoom

 

Monday, March 9

Digital Indabas: Pandemic Mediations

Digital Indabas this semester casts a retrospective gaze on the pandemic in Nigeria and Ghana through an exploration of the works of artists and performers for whom digital media became useful in continuing their works and capturing the cultural realties of Covid-19 in their respective communities.

11:00 AM via Zoom

 

Wednesday, March 29

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Puleng Segalo, Interrogating the Everydayness of Gender-Based Violence: Promoting Ethics of Care through Embroidery

The presentation will engage the ways in which needlework in the form of embroidery can be used to visually depict how gender-based violence affects families, and communities more broadly. Segalo describes an embroidery initiative that from an ongoing project in collaboration with a community of women which focuses on the everydayness of gender-based violence.

12:00 PM via Zoom

 

Wednesday, April 5

African & Diasporic Languages Festival

Experience the wonder of African languages at KU with entertaining performances in Arabic, Kiswahili, Wolof, Amharic and Haitian Creole from our talented students.

4 PM at the Burge Union Forum D

 

Friday, April 7

Graduate Research Workshop

The annual Kansas African Studies Center Graduate Research Workshop (GRW) provides a welcoming and supportive environment for graduate students to showcase their research while gaining valuable feedback from KU faculty and peers.

9 AM at Bailey Hall Room 318

 

Wednesday, April 26

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Alhaji N’jai, Project 1808, Inc.: Decolonizing Education and Transforming Lives Through a School-Community- University Model

N’jai discusses the story of Project 1808, Inc. in Sierra Leone along the three fundamental areas of decolonizing education, global and local (GLocal) collaborations to transform community, and opportunity for social capital and empowerment. Project 1808, Inc. has now built a wide moat of programs along a school-community-university partnership model.

12:00 PM  via Zoom