Mid-America Alliance for African Studies

Program for the 16th Annual Meeting

October 8-9, 2010

Kansas Memorial Union, University of Kansas

Friday, October 8, 2010

11 am-12 pm: Registration, Kansas Room (and then available all day outside this room)

12-12:20 pm: Welcome, Kansas Room

12:30-2:10 pm Concurrent Paper Sessions or Panels

PANEL A: Kansas Room

  • Z. Hall, Independent Scholar, Visual Art as a Species of Rhetoric in Peace Efforts
  • Margaret Buckner, Missouri State University, Maintaining Community through Dance
  • Siacka Drame, Kansas State University, Female Literary Characters Representing the Woes of African Society
  • Jamaine Abidogun, Missouri State University, Reconstructing Gender, Education, and Culture in Anglophone West Africa

PANEL B: International Room

  • Brian Moss, University of Kansas, Seeking Long-Term Development Through Education and Technology: The One Laptop Per Child Program in Rwanda
  • Lurleen Brinkman, University of Tulsa, From the Heart of Africa: Indigenous Knowledge for an African Renaissance
  • Tarnjeet Kang, University of Illinois, Post-Independence/Post-Conflict Development in South Sudan
  • Sterling Recker, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Vision 2020 in 2010: Development and Modernization in 21st Century Rwanda

2:10-2:30 Break (with refreshments)

2:30-4:10 pm Concurrent Paper Sessions or Panels

PANEL C: Kansas Room

  • Melville Herskovits and the Racial Politics of African Studies, Film Clip and Discussion led by Jacob Dorman, University of Kansas

PANEL D: International Room

  • Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, University of Kansas, Contesting Kinships: The African Diaspora in North America
  • Leonard Gadzekpo, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, The Africana Paradigm: An Approach to African, African American, and Africana Studies
  • Juanita Simmons, University of Missouri-Columbia, Recruitment, Promotion, and Retention of African American Faculty in Traditionally White Universities: A Forty Year Assessment
  • Elizabeth Brickson, University of Kansas, "Even Dead I Was A Threat To Them"––The Assassination Of Patrice Lumumba And The Fragmentation Of The Black Freedom Struggle

4:15-5:45 pm Keynote Address, Kansas Room

  • Prof. Fatou Diop, Université Gaston Berger, St. Louis, Senegal, Gender and Access to Land in Senegal

6-8 pm Reception, Malott Room, Buffet Dinner for all paid registrants

  • Performance by ADEKU, the African Drumming Ensemble at Kansas University

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

8-8:30 am Coffee and Registration, Kansas Room

8:30-10:10 am Concurrent Paper Sessions or Panels

PANEL E: Kansas Room

  • Kundai Chirindo, University of Kansas, Reflections on Zimbabwe’s Patriotic History
  • Stephen Harmon, Pittsburg State University, Moderate Islam and Conflict Resolution in West Africa
  • Alassane Fall, University of Kansas Analysis of Senegal’s Trade Policies toward the West and the Muslim World: Case study of France, the United States, and Dubai
  • Timothy Nicholson, Stony Brook University, State Holidays in the Invention of Tanzania

PANEL F: Malott Room

  • Brett Craig, University of Kansas, A Case for an African Focus in Intercultural Communication Studies
  • Julie Maybee, Lehman College, CUNY, African American Studies, Normalcy, and Disability Studies: A Fruitful Conversation
  • Theo Randall, Indiana University at South Bend, Teaching an Anthropology of the Western Sudan and Ethiopian Highlands
  • Phia Salter, Texas A & M University, Show Your Love: Constructions of "True" Relationship in Ghana

10:10-10:30: Break (with refreshments), Kansas Room

10:30 am -12:10 pm Paper Session

PANEL G: Malott Room

  • John Oakes, University of Kansas, Migrancy, Markets and Survival: Transnational Lives in South African Space
  • Garth Myers, University of Kansas, African Urban Dynamics: Alternative Visions of Theory and Practice
  • Hilary Hungerford, University of Kansas, Feminism and Understanding Water in Niamey, Niger
  • Abdulhafiz Ahmed, Hewassa University (Ethiopia), Integrating Livestock Production into Water Resources Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Assessment on Livelihood Resilience and Livestock Water Productivity at Blue Nile and Awash Basin

12:15-1:30 pm Lunch Break (box lunches for all paid participants), Kansas Room

1:30-2:40 MAAAS Annual Business Meeting, Kansas Room, All Are Welcome

2:45-4:15 pm Joint Panel Session, Kansas Room

  • Graduate Students in both African and African-American Studies Reflect on the Meaning of the Connections of African Studies with African-American Studies