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Fall 2015

Edward E. Baptist, “Abolitionism, Modern ‘Anti-Slavery,’ and #BlackLivesMatter”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 4:45pm

Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
ICM Lecture Series

EDWARD E. BAPTIST
Associate Professor, History, Cornell University

In recent years, concerns about forms of human trafficking in the neoliberal global economy have led to the emergence of a movement that defines itself as “anti-slavery.” While consciously identifying itself with historic abolitionist movements against the nineteenth-century enslavement of Africans in the Atlantic world, modern ‘anti-slavery’ has not drawn the lessons of abolitionists’ failure to reconstruct the racial economy of the Western world.

MANTHIA DIAWARA - "Négritude: A Dialogue between Senghor and Wole Soyinka"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 4:45pm

Africana Studies and Research Center, Multipurpose Room

MANTHIA DIAWARA (via Skype)
Filmmaker, Africana Studies and Comparative Literature, New York University

4:45 p.m. Film Screening
5:45 p.m. Panel Discussion  

Salah M. Hassan (Moderator)
Africana Studies and Research Center and History of Art, Cornell University

Natalie Melas
Comparative Literature, Cornell University

Olúfémi Táíwò
Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

Saida Hodžić, "Against Sovereign Violence: Feminist Activism and Law in Ghana"

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:45pm

Toboggan Lodge, Cornell University
ICM New Conversations Series

SAIDA HODŽIĆ
Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University

This talk draws on Saida Hodžić’s forthcoming book, How Cutting Ended: An Ethnography of African Activism. By shedding light on how Ghanaian activists and civil servants both fetishize the law and reckon with its violence, this work invites attention to the ordinary and to practice as sites where feminist critiques of liberalism are both challenged and reinvigorated.