Northwestern University


Conference: State, Society and Development in Africa: Bridging Disciplines and Methodologies

When: Friday, May 17, 2013
All day  

Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Program of African Studies   847.491.7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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Conference on States, Society and Development
Sponsored by the Program of African Studies and The Graduate
School, Northwestern University

Organizing Committee:
• Kofi Asante - Sociology (
• Raevin Jimenez - History (
• Moses Khisa – Political Science (
• Marlous van Waijenburg - History (

Program of African Studies (PAS)
620 Library Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Conference room (all the way in the back on the first floor)

Day One: Friday May 17, 2013

12.00-1.00pm: Welcome and lunch

1.00-2.30 pm: Session 1 – Local and International Politics in Africa: Challenges and
Chair: Sally Nuamah, Ph.D. Student, Political Science, Northwestern University

1. Moses Khisa and Dong Zhang, “Mutual Partnership or Strategic Paternalism? An
Empirical Study of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment to Africa,” Northwestern
University (Political Science)
2. Kafui Tsekpo, “The quest for Social and Economic Development in Ghana’s
Fourth Republic; the role of Political Parties and their manifestoes,” University
of Ghana (Institute for African Studies) ***
3. Valerie Freeland, “If you're so evil, eat this kitten! Unconventional Leverage at the Global Periphery,” Northwestern University (Political Science)
4. Olusor Oyeranmi, “Globalization and Environmental Challenges in sub-Saharan
Africa; the Transnational Oil Corporations’ operations in the 2ist Century
Nigeria,” University of South Africa (History) ***
Commentator: Rachel Riedl, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Northwestern

2.30-3.00pm: break

3.00-4.30pm: Session 2 – African States and Society in Historical Perspective
Chair: Christopher Muhoozi, Ph.D. Student, History, Northwestern University

1. Waseem Bin Kaseem, “Urban Space, Public Health and Identity in Colonial
Nairobi, 1900 to 1920,” Washington University in St. Louis (History)
2. Nicholas Smith, “The Modern History of Colonial Pirates. Piracy in the Red Sea
in the 19th Century,” Northwestern University (History)
3. Kofi Asante, “Collusion, Collaboration and Conflict. Gold Coast Merchants and
State Formation, 1850-1950,” Northwestern University (Sociology)
Commentator: Raevin Jimenez, History, Northwestern University

4.30-5.00pm: break

5.00-6.30pm: Session 3 – Keynote Address

Chair: Kofi Asante, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Northwestern University
Speaker: Clement Adibe, Associate Professor, Political Science, DePaul University

Day Two: Saturday May 18, 2013

9.00-9.30am: Breakfast

9.30-11.00am: Session 4 – Contested Identities and Citizenship
Chair: Raevin Jimenez, Ph.D. Student, History, Northwestern University

1. Nicholas Smith, “The Paradox of Vigilance: Contesting Citizenship in Post-
Apartheid South Africa,” University of Chicago (Political Science)
2. Rebecca Sable, “Educating through racism: an analysis of identity issues among
Maltese and irregular migrants,” George Mason University
3. Atinuke Okunade, “Philosophy of Communicative and Dialogue Rationality for
the Nigerian Religious Experience,” Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education
(Christian Religious Studies Department) ***
4. Dustin Gourdin, “Political culture and Aid Organizations: A case study of aid
organizations in Namibia,” University of Chicago (Sociology)
Commentators: LaRay Denzer, Visiting Scholar, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University.

11.00-11.30am: break

11.30am-1.00pm: Session 5 – The African Quest for Economic Growth and
Chair: Moses Khisa, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Northwestern University

1. Marlous van Waijenburg, “Real wages in the (former) British Empire, 1870-2000.
Why poverty in Africa and India differed,” Northwestern University (History)
2. Osei Boakye, “Yen Tua Kwasia Ka: The Economic Policy of Ghana’s National
Redemption Council,” Columbia University (International and World History)
3. Shelby Grossman, “Reexamining “private” order in the market: Evidence from
Nigeria on the role of the shadow of the weak state,” Harvard University (School
of Government)
4. Maame Brobbey, “Contested Development: Women’s Economic Knowledge and
Microcredit Programmes,” University of Ghana (Institute for African Studies)

Commentator: Moses Khisa, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Northwestern

1.00-2.00pm: lunch

2.00-3.30pm: Session 6 – The Politics of Personhood
Chair: Priscilla Adipa, Ph.D. Student, Sociology, Northwestern University

1. Kwame Otu, “Que(e)rying the Postcolony: ‘Same-sex visibility’ politics and the
Question of the nation-state in Postcolonial Africa,” Syracuse University
(Anthropology/Women and Gender Studies)
2. Sakhile Matlhare, ““Part of the Flora and Fauna?” – Applying Education,”
Northwestern University (Sociology)
3. Eric Otchere, “Music and Emotion: A Study of the Relationship Between Musical
Preference And Emotional Intelligence,” University of Cape Coast (Music
Education) ***
4. Daniel Fiaveh, “"I feel it more when I am In-charge!" Politics Surrounding
Sexual Positions Decision-Making among Hetero-sexuals in a suburb of Accra,
Ghana,” University of Ghana (Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy)***

Commentator: Melissa Minor, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Northwestern

3.30-4.00pm: break

4.00-5.30pm: Session 7 – Self-determination and electoral tensions
Chair: Sean Lee, Ph.D. Student, Political Science, Northwestern University

1. Tarnjeet Kang, “A Community Self-Determination Framework for South Sudan,”
UIC – Urbana-Champaign (Global Studies in Education)
2. Elise Dufief, “What is left when observers go? The European Union and
Ethiopia,” Northwestern University (Political Science)
3. Erik Cleven, “This Land is Your Land: Politicians and Violence Specialists in
Kenyan Elections,” Purdue University (Political Science)
4. Justin Scott, “Nothing is right. Fuel subsidies, broken promises and the legacy
#OccupyNigeria," Yale University (African Studies)

Commentator: Richard Asante, Post-Doctoral Visiting Scholar,

Program of African
Studies, Northwestern University

*** Participants will join the conference via skype linkup.

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