Fall 2021 Africa Matters Seminar

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Zoom Webinars Thursday, 4:00-5:00 PM Pacific Time

(except on Nov. 18 when seminar is at 5:00 PM)

Given the COVID uncertainties we will continue to hold these webinar sessions virtually via Zoom. Please register for the Zoom webinar here:


9 September 2021 | Research Talk
Politics and Political Orders after Civil War in Africa
Scott Straus, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

23 September 2021| Book Talk
Salafism and Political Order in Africa
Sebastian Elischer, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Florida

7 October 2021 | Research Talk
For Whom the Bus Rolls? Workers, Planning and Access in African Cities
Tamara Kerzhner, PhD Candidate, City & Regional PlanningRocca Dissertation Fellow

21 October 2021 | Book Talk
Filtering Histories: The Photographic Bureaucracy in Mozambique, 1960 to Recent Times
Drew Thompson, Associate Professor, Historical and Africana Studies, and Director of Africana Studies, CCS Bard College

18 November 2021 at 5:00 PM New Date and Time| Research Talk
ReOrienting the World: with or without Africa?
Kwame Nimako, Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam

2 December 2021 | Book Talk
Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries
Maya Angela Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian Studies, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Linguistics, Affiliate Faculty, Comparative History of IdeasCenter for Communication, Difference, and Equity; Center for Canadian Studies, Core Faculty- Graduate Certificate in Second and Foreign Language Teaching, , University of Washington. Winner of the 2021 MLA French and Francophone Studies book prize.

A Home of Our Own: South African Apartheid, Soviet Nationalities Policy, and Transnational Histories of National Self-Determination
Hilary Lynd, PhD Candidate, Department of HistoryRocca Dissertation Fellow


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in these webinar sessions, please contact Martha Saavedra at asc@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7 days in advance of the event.