First IOWC Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Africa

28 April 2008

10:00am - 4:30pm

McGill University, 3647 Peel, Room 101

The public is welcome to attend the conference, listen to the presentations and to participate in the discussion.


Program

9:30-10:00 Registration, Coffee

10:00-10:10 Welcome Address Prof Gwyn Campbell, Director of the IOWC, Department of History, McGill University

Social Selves in Relations of Power

Moderator: Will Hanley

  • 10:10-10:45 The Saint and the Sultan: The Politics of Moroccan Mysticism. Abdelilah Bouasria, PhD Candidate, American University, Washington D.C.
  • 10:45-11:20 The Djembefola's Path: A Route Towards Rooted Cosmopolitanism. Pascal Gaudette, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, McGill University

Politics of 'Knowledge'

Moderator: Will Hanley

  • 11:20-11:55 The "discovery" of the indigenous population in Rwanda-Urundi: A Glimpse into the Early 20th Century Belgian Colonial Reports. Facil Tesfaye, PhD Candidate, Department of History, McGill University
  • 11:55-12:30 Russian Geographical Orientalism: Wilhelm Junker's Travels in Africa 1873-1886. Rashed Chowdhury, PhD Candidate, Department of History, McGill University

12:30-1:00 Lunch Break

Public Health and Public Policy

Moderator: TBA

  • 1:00-1:35 History and Policy: How Historical Context shapes the Implementation of Aids Policies in Contemporary Africa. Mark Daku, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, McGill University
  • 1:35-2:15 Latourization of Africa: Malaria Control and the Limits of Actor-network Theory. Steven Serels, PhD Candidate, Department of History, McGill University

(Re)-Acting to the Environment

Moderator: Scott Matter

  • 2:15-2:50 Towards an Environmental History of the Slave Trade in Africa: The Case of the Waday-Benghazi in the 19th Century. Michael Fergusson, PhD Candidate, Department of History, McGill University
  • 2:50-3:25 Valuing Madagascar's Mangroves: Links Between Subsistence Livelihoods, Forest Conservation and Coastal Development. Caroline Seagle, MSC Candidate, Department of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • 3:25-4:05 Land Use, Human-Wildlife Conflict and Community Conservation in Laikipia. Alec Blair, MSC Candidate, Department of Geography, McGill University

4:05 Closing Remarks Prof. John Galaty, Department of Anthropology, McGill University

Reception to follow