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May
10
2017

Wednesdays@PAS: On Juridical Colonialism: International Law and the Ottoman Scramble for Africa

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When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, 1st Floor Conference Room (106), 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

Co-Sponsor: Keyman Modern Turkish Studies (Northwestern Buffett)
Department of Political Science

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

Come join PAS and the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program for a lunch and lecture. Lunch provided.

 

Speaker: Mostafa Minawi (History, Cornell; Director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI))

Title: On Juridical Colonialism: International Law and the Ottoman Scramble for Africa

Abstract: Using the Ottoman Empire’s participation in the Berlin Conference (1884-85) and the so-called “Scramble for Africa” as a case study, I argue that Istanbul was deeply invested in being a participant in the emerging system of juridical colonialism with positivist notions of so-called international law.

Bio: Mostafa Minawi is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI) at Cornell University. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and Management from McMaster University, an MA in History from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in a joint program of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from NYU. His book, The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz came out with Stanford University Press in 2016. He splits his time between Ithaca, NY and Istanbul.

 

Co-sponsored by the Program of African Studies and the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.

May
17
2017

Wednesdays@PAS: “God Has Exposed You”: Discourses of Judgement in Nigerian Hausa Film

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When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, 1st Floor Conference Room (106), 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

Description:

Come join PAS for our weekly lunch and lecture. Lunch provided.

Speaker: Carmen McCain (English, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA)

Title: “God Has Exposed You”: Discourses of Judgement in Nigerian Hausa Film

Sponsored by the Nollywood Working Group.

Abstract: I will explore what I call “the politics of exposure in Hausa cultural expression” by connecting over ten years of research on the subaltern discourses within Hausa-language film and literature of northern Nigeria to my current project on Hausa-language video responses to the terrorist group Boko Haram. I argue that there are connections in the way Hausa Muslim artists responded to a censorship crisis that occurred from 2007 to 2011, following the implementation of shari’a law in twelve of Nigeria’s 36 states, and in the way Hausa-speaking Christian musicians respond to the Boko Haram crisis. I will focus here on discourses of judgment--that is the way people talk about punishment for sins-- in the music videos embedded within the Muslim filmmaker Hamisu Lamido Iyan-Tama’s docudrama Kurkuku (Prison) and in Christian musician Saviour Y. Inuwa’s music videos from his album ‘Yan Chibok (The Children of Chibok). I argue that these artists pose a vision of cosmopolitan unity as the alternative to the repressive forces of both state censorship and the anarchic violence of Boko Haram.

Bio: Carmen McCain is an Assistant Professor of English at Westmont College and conducts research on Hausa-language literature, film and popular culture. She is currently working on a book about Boko Haram with Brandon Kendhammer for Ohio University Press, and a monograph tentatively titled The Politics of Exposure in Hausa Cultural Production, which examines social anxieties surrounding popular culture in northern Nigeria and focuses on several censorship crises following the implementation of shari’a law in twelve Nigerian states. She is interested more broadly in contemporary African literature and films, the politics of language, and translation. Her academic publications include articles in Black Camera, the Global South, the Journal of African Cinemas, the Journal of African Media Studies, and several edited volumes. She maintained a column from 2010 to 2014 for the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust and has published several translated excerpts from Hausa novels in Sentinel Nigeria and Glenna Gordon’s photobook Diagram of a Heart. In addition to her current position, she has also taught at Bayero University Kano, the University of Jos, and Kwara State University in Nigeria.