AFRISEM Virtual Conference, July 29 & 30, 2020

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Join Northwestern's Africa Seminar (AfriSem) graduate students for the upcoming AFRISEM Virtual Conference, July 29 & 30, 2020 - Africa's Place in a Globalizing World: Reimagining Governance, Science, Technology, Art, and Culture.

We are excited to hold this event in place of the AfriSem conference originally scheduled for April, that was cancelled due to COVID-19.

There will be nine presentations over the two days, in addition to our keynote presentation by Prof. Ayala Levine, Art History, Northwestern University. Each presentation will be 20 minutes total (includes Q&A). Please see attached flier and website for details.

WhenJul 29, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Africa's Place in a Globalizing World: Reimagining Governance, Science, Technology, Art, and Culture


Register in advance for this virtual event: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conference.


Webinar Keynote Speaker

Ayala Levine (Professor of Art History @Northwestern University)
Ayala Levine's talk considers the planning of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in the late 1970s as a site of global knowledge production about urbanism that cut across the Global North and South.

The planning of Abuja presented an unprecedented opportunity to international teams of planners to experiment with environmental city planning and to tackle social concerns following lessons learned in planning new capitals in the South. By shifting the focus to the role Nigerian academics, architects, and universities assumed in the process, this paper challenges north-south hierarchies of knowledge production. It asks how despite being embedded in paradigms of western thought, the contribution of Nigerian researchers can be considered as a form of southern expertise.