African Diversities Colloquium

African Diversities Colloquium

All meetings take place from 16:30 to 18:00, at Hermann-Föge-Weg 12.


The African Diversities Colloquium provides an interdisciplinary forum for the critical engagement of research which intersects with the theme of African diversities, broadly conceived. The Colloquium seeks to forge a community of scholars of Africa from across a number of institutions, including the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Göttingen, other departments of the University of Göttingen, and beyond. We welcome participants and presenters from a range of academic backgrounds, including anthropology, geography, history, migration studies, and political science. Bi-monthly meetings discuss pre-circulated works-in-progress, research papers, presented by doctoral students, post-docs, faculty members, and invited guest speakers. All papers and discussions are in English.


Monday 27 April
Prof. Dr. Mechthild Nagel (Visiting Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Director of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, SUNY Cortland)
"Troubling justice: a case for a ludic Ubuntu ethic"

Monday 4 May
Prof. Dr. Roman Loimeier (Associate Professor, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg August University Göttingen)
"Is there an African middle class?"

Monday 18 May
Dr. Astrid Bochow (Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg August University Göttingen)
"Global charity and local health need. Elite's celebration of life in Gaborone, Botswana"

Monday 1 June
Peter Kankonde (Doctoral Fellow, The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
"Afterwards: reflections on the necessity for ‘ontological turn’ in African studies with reference to religion and migration ecologies of knowledge production"

Monday 8 June
Dr. Manuel Schwab (Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala, Uganda)
"Supernatural defense: causality, possession, belief in condominium jurisprudence"

canceled - Monday 15 June
Dr. Tom Boylston (Lecturer, Social Anthropology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)
"The allochthony of Christianity: strangers and kings in Orthodox Ethiopia" 

canceled - Monday 29 June
Prof. Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone (Research Professor, The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
TBA

Monday 13 July
Dr. Jason Hickel (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE)
" ‘Xenophobia’ in South Africa: order, chaos, and the moral economy of witchcraft"


Winter Colloquium 2014/15