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May
23
Wed 12:00 PM

Solomon Fikre Lemma: Formal and Non-formal Land Rights in Africa: The Ethiopian Case Study

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When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, 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

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Formal and Non-formal Land Rights in Africa: The Ethiopian Case Study

Solomon Fikre Lemma, law, Addis Ababa University; PAS visiting scholar

Bio:

Solomon Fikre Lemma, PAS visiting scholar, has served as Dean of the College of Law and Governance Studies and Secretary of the Senate of Addis Ababa University, as well as an assistant professor at the Schools of Law of Addis Ababa and Hawassa Universities. He received his PhD, LL.M., and LL.B. degrees from the Schools of Law of the University of Warwick, Erasmus University, and Addis Ababa University, respectively. Lemma's research interests include law and development, particularly the role and potential of land, business, and property laws in tackling poverty and fostering economic development in developing countries. He has served as a UNHCR volunteer at Bonga and Fugnido Camps for Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia, contributing to his research interest in the protection and treatment accorded to vulnerable groups such as women, children, and refugees under international and Ethiopian laws.

May
30
Wed 12:00 PM

John McCall: Wither Nollywood? The Future of Popular Media in Africa

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When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, 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

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Cosponsored by the Nollywood Working Group.

Wither Nollywood? The Future of Popular Media in Africa

John McCall, anthropology, Southern Illinois University

Talk abstract:

The independent video movie industry in Nigeria popularly dubbed “Nollywood” developed an innovative form of media production, distribution and screening that transformed the mediascape in Africa and attracted the attention of researchers. Recently however, the appeal of the high-quality, formally financed “New Nollywood” films has drawn scholars’ attention away from the continuing spread of more informal regional video movie production across Africa. The evident quality and significance of New Nollywood movies, and their cosmopolitan character fits them easily into the frame of academic film criticism. The local informal productions however, remain the foremost form of popular media in Africa. This paper attempts draw scholarly attention back to the less metropolitan more regional expressions of video movie production in Africa.

Bio:

My research is focused on African arts, music, and dance. I am particularly interested in the performance arts as mechanisms of collective memory, historiography, and the production of meaning in community life.

Since 2000, I have devoted my attention to Africa's enthusiastic and innovative embrace of digital media, which have made it possible for people of modest means to produce and distribute movies without foreign funding or dependence on the infrastructures of transnational media corporations. Most of this research focuses on the Nigerian video movie industry that has become popularly known as: "Nollywood."

Jun
6
Wed 12:00 PM

Louisa Lombard - State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic

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When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, 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

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Category: Lectures & Meetings

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State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic

Louisa Lombard, anthropology, Yale University

Bio:

I am a cultural anthropologist who studies African borderland areas where the state is largely absent, and a range of actors govern. My research locales, primarily the remote and little-populated eastern reaches of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), are further marked by violent histories that continue into the present. How, in such contexts, do people navigate fragile relationships of trust and claim access to resources and authority? My main fieldwork interlocutors are among the region’s men-in-arms, such as anti-poaching guards and rebels.