Workshop in African Intellectual History

Yale University • 31 March - 2 April, 2016



Thursday, 31 March

5:30 – 7 pm
Common Room


7 – 8:30 pm

Opening Lecture

Welcome: Daniel Magaziner (Yale University)
Introduction: Robert Harms (Yale University)

Achille Mbembe (WISER, University of the Witwatersrand)
“Decolonizing the University”

8:45 pm taxis back to the hotel

Friday, 1 April

8 – 8:30 am
Common Room

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 am

Framing Remarks 1:

Abdoulaye Gueye (University of Ottawa)
In the Shadow of Negritude’s Craftsmen

9:15 - 11:15 am

Panel 1: Beyond Biography

Chair: Jim Sweet (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

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

11:15 - 11:30 am
Common Room

Coffee Break

11:30 - 1:30 pm

Panel 2: Nation and Knowledge

Chair: Daniel Magaziner (Yale University)

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

1:30 – 3 pm

Lunch and Roundtable

Ideas and Ideology in Words, Media, and Bodies

Stephanie Newell (Yale University)

Chika Okeke-Agulu (Princeton University)

Lynn Thomas (University of Washington)

3:30  – 5:30 pm

Panel 3: Ideas and Transnational Activism

Chair: Penda Mbow (Université Chiekh Anta Diop)

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

Saturday, 2 April

8 - 8:30 am
Common Room

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 am

Framing Remarks 2

Derek Peterson (University of Michigan)
on Dissent

9:15 - 11:15 am

Panel 4: Moral Philosophies

Chair: Sean Hanretta (Northwestern University)

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

11:15 - 11:30 am
Common Room

Coffee Break

11:15 - 1:15 pm

Panel 5: Print Communities

Chair: Isabel Hofmeyr (University of the Witwatersrand)

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

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Lunch, Final Discussion, and Close

Framing Remarks 3

Paul Landau (University of Maryland)
on Historiographical Communities

Concluding remarks Shobana Shankar (Stony Brook University)