Five College African Studies Program

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


Seventh Annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture: “Class and the Disciplines"

5pm in the Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is a literary theorist and co-founder of the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where she is holds rank of University Professor. Professor Spivak is best known for her essay “Can the Subaltern Speak?” (1988) which was a founding text of both postcolonial and subaltern studies; the 20th anniversary of this essay’s publication occasioned a volume entitled Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea (2010), in which eight scholars trace the impact of Spivak’s groundbreaking essay. Professor Spivak is the translator of Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology, and she has also translated a number of literary works by Mahasweta Devi. Her most recent work includes A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Towards a History of the Vanishing Present (1999), Death of a Discipline (2003), and An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (2012). She is currently at work on a book entitled Du Bois and the General Strike. She has also been an activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986. Professor Spivak received her B.A. in English (First Class Honors) at Presidency College, Calcutta, in 1959, her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Cornell University in 1967, and she is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates. She received the Kyoto Prize in Thought and Ethics in 2012, and Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award given in the Republic of India, in 2013. 

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

WSIP Event: A Seminar with Johan Matthew

4:30-6:30pm in Bartlett 316, UMass Amherst

Come join us for a discussion on Johan's  chapter, "Disarming Commerce," from his work-in-progress manuscript, Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea.

As Johan summarizes it, his project "traces various forms of trafficking/smuggling across the Arabian Sea from about 1870 to 1960. And I’m trying to argue that the regulation and suppression of various forms of trafficking are in fact constitutive of these colonial economies and specifically that these regulations and their subversion frame key concepts from political economy like labor, property and value. I’m particularly interested in the processes of expulsion or “framing-out” of transactions that actually structure what happens within markets."

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The Uneven Atlantic: Literary Mapping, GIS, and the Slave Narrative - a seminar with Professor Elizabeth Maddoch Dillon

1:00pm-3:00pm at Hampshire College in Franklin Patterson Hall Faculty Lounge

Dr. Dillon is Professor of English at Northeastern University, and Co-Director of the NuLab  for Texts, Maps, and Networks.  

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This event has been organized by the Five Colleges Faculty Seminar on Global Cultures of the Long 19th Century, with support from the Atlantic/Global Studies seminar, the African Studies Council, Hampshire College Humanities Program, & the Mount Holyoke College English Department.

April 26th and 27th, 2014

queen_moremiQueen Moremi Folk Opera

WHEN:  Sat. April 26, 8 pm and Sun. April 27, 2pm
WHERE: Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College

TICKETS: $5 General Admission  $3 Seniors/Students
Available in Mount Holyoke Music Office, 538-2306 and at the door

Directed by Five College Ethnomusicologist, Bode Omojola, the production features student performers and master drummers and choreographer from Nigeria.

[Download a copy of the poster.]

Past Events

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Afro-Jewish Encounters From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond: A Lecture by Dr. William Miles


miles-williamDr. William Miles from Northeastern University will give a talk titled Afro-Jewish Encounters From Timbuktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond. The talk is based on his new book and he will have copies of his book with him. Flyer is attached.

Tuesday April 8, 2014 & Thursday April 10, 2014

The Tashmoo Lecture Series Presents
Filmmaker/director/producer Extraordinaire

Film Screening:
Winter's award winning film Chocolate Babies (1997)Tuesday April 8, 2014 At 4:00-6:00 in Liebling Room 120 At Hampshire college
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 7pm in Liebling Room 120 at Hampshire College

Stephen Winter's feature film debut as writer/director Chocolate Babies (1997( premiered at the 47th Annual Berlin Film Festival. He has worked with Lee Daniels on films such as The Butler (2913(, Precious (2009), The Paperboy (2012), andShadowboxer (2005).  He was lead producer of Jonathan Caouette's landmark documentary Tarnation (2004) which screened at Sundance, Cannes, and was featured on the AFI DOCS Top 50 Documentaries to Watch Before You Die list. Winter was lead story editor for How to Survive A Plague  (23012), co-writer of New York, I Love You (2009), and an actor in the horror thrilled Kiss of the Damned (2013). His most recent directorial projects include a short film with M. Lama, Speculum Orum, and a short documentary called Death is Lame (2011). He received an M.F.A. from New York University and a B.F.A. from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Featured screening for the Five College Community:

 The Education of Auma Obama (Die Geschichte der Auma Obama; 2011)

1 p.m. at Amherst Cinema Arts Center, 28 Amity Street, Amherst MA

 Although filmed mostly in Kenya, the work also returns to Heidelberg, Germany, where Auma Obama did graduate study.

Reception in honor of Branwen Okpako to follow the Saturday screening

3:30 – 5 p.m. Webster Room, Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst

Friday April 4, 2014: Africa Day

Mandiba's Gifts:
Nelson Mandela's Life & Legacies - Tribute

Friday, April 4, 2014
4 - 7 p.m.
Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall
80 Campus Center Way, Amherst, Massachusetts

Keynote Speaker: Garrey M. Dennie
Mandela’s Words: Mightier than the Sword
Former Speech Writer for Nelson Mandela
Professor of History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Featuring Performances by:
Amandla Chorus
Amherst Area Gospel Choir
Five College West African Music Ensemble
Wonberi Dancers

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor with
the support of the Five College African Studies Council.