Workshop in African Intellectual History

Yale University • 31 March - 2 April, 2016


Beyond Biography

Kwasi Konadu (City University of New York), ‘“You say he is a good Whiteman who will not cheat me?”: Medical Anthropology and The Intellectual History of Kofi Donko’

Jonathan Earle (Centre College), ‘Reassessing Epistemological Boundaries in African Intellectual History: Historical Imagination & Reading Practices in Colonial Uganda’

Tobias Warner (University of California – Davis), ‘The Fetish of Readability: David Boilat and the Making of the Colonial Library in 19th Century Senegal’

Lauren Jarvis (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), ‘Isaiah Shembe, Intellectual Community, and Conversion in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa’

Nation and Knowledge

Alden Young (Drexel University), ‘Teaching Economics as Statecraft in Sudan, 1930-1970.’

Marissa Mika (University of Pennsylvania), ‘A Scientific Unit. Not Political at All’

Elleni Zeleke (York University), ‘Social Science is a Battlefield: the impact of the theoretical journals of the Ethiopian Student Movement on the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974.’

Aliyu Alabi (Bayero University), ‘Modernization Praxes in Islamic Education in Ilorin 1930-1965.’

Ideas and Transnational Activism

Sara Ranahma (Johns Hopkins University), ‘Young Men for Women’s Education: International Student Conferences in Interwar France and North Africa.’

Lorelle Semley (College of the Holy Cross), ‘Scottsboro on Trial in the Black Press in Paris’

Joel Cabrita (Cambridge University), ‘A Transnational History of Zionism in South Africa and the United States: Towards New Ideologies of Empire’

Daniel Hodgkinson (Oxford University), ‘Travelling through Space and Time: Gender, Socialism, and Pan-Africanism in the debates of exiled Zimbabwean student activists’ during the 1970s’

Moral Philosophies

Jessica Krug (George Washington University), ‘Fugitive Modernities and the Intellectual Life of Subject and Subjectivity Outside the State: A Five-Hundred Year, Transatlantic Biography’

Wendell Marsh (Columbia University), ‘Knowing beyond Human certainty: the Miraculous in Shaykh Musa Kamara’s Historiographical Method.’

Charlotte Walker-Said (John Jay College, CUNY), ‘“A Spiritual Decolonization”: Local and Global Christian Solidarities in the Catholic Church in Cameroon 1950-1970’

Sara Marzagora (SOAS), ‘“We proceed following Japan”: the role of the Japanese model in early 20th century Ethiopian political philosophy’

Print Communities

Leslie James (University of Birmingham), ‘What is fascism? An African approach.’

Emma Hunter (University of Edinburgh), ‘The press as a baraza: newspapers as a source for African intellectual history”

Pedro Monaville (New York University – Abu Dhabi), ‘How ideas travel: a postal history of the Congolese Sixties’

Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué (Baylor University), ‘Intellectual “Housewives”, Journalism, and Anglophone Nationalism in Cameroon, 1961-1972’