Mid-America Alliance for African Studies

Program for the 17th Annual Meeting
(updated October 26)

October 28-29, 2011

Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center, University of Missouri-Columbia

Friday, October 28, 2011

11 am - 12 pm:  Registration [Lobby]

12:00 - 1:15 pm:  Diaspora and Contact [Rm. 116]

  • Adrianne Walker Hoard (University of Missouri-Columbia). The Abstract Fragment: African American Abstraction as a Vehicle for Aesthetic Dialogue Within the African Diaspora
  • John Cinnamon (Miami University-Hamilton).  Protestant Missionaries, Colonialism, and Anti-Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Gabon
  • Olanipekun Oladotun Laosebikan (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champagne). “From Student to Immigrant:” The Pursuit of Higher Education in the United States and the Diasporization of African Students

1:30 - 2:45 pm:  Constructions of Environment [Rm. 116]

  • Erika Kraus (University of Kansas). Positions of power and sacred forests
  • Katelyn Carlson (Columbia College, Chicago).  Developing a "Green" Africa: The Seed as a Source of Western Capital Cultivating Neo-colonial Traditions
  • Hadi Shateh (University of Kansas). The Urban Transformations of the Spatial Structure of Zanzibar City between Social and Cultural Influences

3:00 - 4:15 pm:   Town Hall Meeting [Rm. 116]

  • Stephanie Shonekan (University of Missouri-Columbia).  Bridging the Black Atlantic: Exploring the Connections and Confusions amongst Black Folk

4:30 - 5:45 pm:  Black Adolescent Girls, Sexual Coercion and the Influence of the Media in Shaping Identities 'Back in the Day ' and Today. [Rm. 116]
     Chair: Treva Lindsey (University of Missouri-Columbia)
     Discussant: April Langley (University of Missouri-Columbia)

  • Wilma King (University of Missouri-Columbia). Sexual Exploitation of Black Girls in Slavery and Freedom:  What’s New?
  • Bryana French (University of Missouri-Columbia).  Sexual Coercion and Desire among Black Adolescent Girls: Exploring Media Influences and Health Outcomes
  • Joi Moore (University of Missouri-Columbia).  Shaping our Identity: The Influence of Media and Technology on African American Girls

6-7:30 pm:  Reception [Rm. 102].



Saturday, October 29, 2011

8 - 8:45 am:  Registration [Lobby]

9:00 - 10:15 am:  Youth and Family  [Rm. 116]

  • Margaret Buckner (Missouri State University). Far Away Yet Close in Spirit:  the Manjako Diaspora
  • Bridget Itunu Awosik (University of Missouri-Columbia). Feminist and Cultural Oppression of Widowhood In Post Independence Nigeria: Perspective from ‘Yoruba’ Land
  • Lansana Dabo (Independent Scholar). Incomplete Abolition of Slavery in Brazil: Over Two Centuries of the Presence of Street Children, Black Children in the cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro

10:30 - 11:45 am:  Keynote Adress  [Multipurpose Room]. Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza (University of Kansas), Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru

12:00 - 1:15 pm:  MAAAS Annual Business Meeting (lunch provided for paid participants)  [Rm. 102]

1:30 - 2:45 pm:  Constructions of Identity  [Rm. 116]

  • Phia Salter (Texas A&M University). Remember Martin, But Don't forget Malcolm: Memory and Identity in Representations of Black History
  • Devon Lee (University of Kansas). Metaphysical Black Subjective Identity in Belize
  • Nadia Brown (St. Louis University). Black Women State Legislators – The Use of Identity in Representing Minority Women

3:00 - 4:15 pm:  West African Politics  [Rm. 116]

  • Ezekiel Walker (University of Central Florida). The Politics of Cocoa Marketing in Southwestern Nigeria, 1950s-1960s
  • Stephen Harmon (Pittsburg State University). Terror Links Across the Sahara:  AQIM May Be Finally Linking Up With West African Radical Islamist Organizations
  • Jean-Germain Gros (University of Missouri-St. Louis). Democracy and Economic Performance in Ghana: Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

4:30 - 5:45 pm:  Diaspora and Education

  • Jamaine Abidogun (Missouri State University). Pan African Theory’s Contribution to Afrocentric Education in Jamaica
  • Angellar Manguvo (University of Missouri-Columbia).  The role of volunteerism on social integration: A case study of Black African international students at a mid-Western university in the U.S
  • Velicia Hawkins-Moore (Independent Scholar). The Condition (and Consequences) of Education in the Diaspora