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Afrisem Conference June10-11, 2021

The two-day conference will be held virtually from Evanston, IL Thursday June 10 to Friday June 11, 2021. The theme of the conference Africanist Knowledge that Agitates builds on past conferences on decolonization, africanisms, and Africa’s place in a globalizing world and calls for Africanist knowledge that agitates.Click here to register and visit the website for more information.



Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies and The Block Museum of Art are proud to partner on the series African Heritage in Dialogue. In the first series of conversations, Looking Ahead with Caravans of Gold Partners, we follow up with institutional leaders and archaeologists in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria who have been fundamental to developing and presenting The Block’s exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in TimeVisit the PAS Blog for more information about the series.

The PAS blogsite is sharing Wana Udobang’s video series “Culture Diaries.” The series features African artists across mediums - film, text, fashion, music - discussing their process, inspiration, challenges, and personal stories. To kick off this partnership, the poet, filmmaker, and journalist joined PAS director Chris Abani for an informal chat about her "Culture Diaries" as well as her own artistic process.

Curated by Bimbola Akinbola (performance studies, Northwestern University), Queering Belonging is a 4-part video series that considers how community, family, and kin are being redefined and reimagined on the African continent and in the diaspora.

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