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The World that "African Studies" Made and Possibilities for Transformation: A Cross-Generational Conversation

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Where: Harris Hall, Harris 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   (847) 491-7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Join professor Jean Allman (Washington University) and Northwestern University PhD candidate in history, Bright Gyamfi, for the event "The World that 'African Studies' Made and Possibilities for Transformation: A Cross-Generational Conversation." Reception to follow. Register for the event.


Jean Allman is the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she directed the Center for the Humanities from 2014 to 2022. Since July 2022, Allman has also served as Professor of History at the Africa Institute, Sharjah, UAE.  Her research and published work engages nineteenth and twentieth century African history, with a geographic focus on Ghana and thematic interests in gender, colonialism, decolonization, and the racial politics of knowledge production.  Her work has been supported by the NEH, the ACLS, Fulbright-Hays, the SSRC, and the Mellon Foundation.  She is the author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, “I Will Not Eat Stone”: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (with Victoria Tashjian), and Tongnaab: The History of a West African God (with John Parker) and has edited several collections, including Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress. Allman co-edits the New African Histories book series at Ohio University Press and for six years co-edited the Journal of Women’s History.  She was the President of the Ghana Studies Council (now Association) from 1992-98, and was on the Board of Directors of both the African Studies Association (USA) and the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.  She served as Vice President, President, and Past President of the African Studies Association (US) from 2017 to 2019.  Allman received her B.A. and Ph.D. in African History from Northwestern University.

Bright Gyamfi is a history Ph.D. candidate and Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University and an incoming Assistant Professor of History at the University of California San Diego. Gyamfi’s research sits at the intersection of West African and African Diaspora intellectual history, nationalism, Pan-Africanism, Black internationalism, and economic development. He writes on African intellectuals who worked to transform and radicalize the study of Africa in academic and intellectual centers around the Atlantic. He has received research fellowships and grants from several organizations and institutions, including the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-IIE, the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Northwestern University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Notre Dame. His work has appeared in the Journal of African American History, African Studies Review, Africa is a Country, and The Conversation. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame as well as an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. 

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