"Politics, Africa, and Performance" Panel Discussion/Workshop"Politics, Africa, and Performance" Panel Discussion/Workshophttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/114572Chase Auditorium2009-10-20T16:30:002009-10-20T18:00:00
October 20,2009 4:30PM–6:00PM
Part of a two-day discussion focusing on the ways in which the visual and performing arts provide crucial links between lived experience and political power.
Following the intense post-election violence in Kenya in 2008 as well as the xenophobic violence in South Africa directed at poor urban dwellers from other African countries, writers, filmmakers, and artists have struggled to play a role as social commentators. This discussion will foreground the ways the visual and performing arts can bring power and inequality into the public eye.
Eric Wainaina (writer and performer, Mo Faya!), Mumbi Kaigwa (performer, Mo Faya!), Martin Kimani (Associate Fellow at the Conflict, Security, and Development Group at King’s College, London), Binyavanga Wainaina (Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages, Bard College), and Jesse Weaver Shipley (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, African & Africana Studies, Haverford College)
"Politics, Africa, and Performance" brings together writers, scholars, performers, and activists in a two-day discussion focusing on the ways in which the visual and performing arts provide crucial links between lived experience and political power. While Africa continues to be seen as underdeveloped, it is often at the forefront of new political movements. For scholars in Anthropology, History, and a range of other fields seeking to make sense of violence and change, dialogues with artists provide keys to understanding the seeming contradictions of populist struggle in today's global world.
Organized by Professor Jesse Weaver Shipley (Anthropology, African & Africana Studies).
Supported by the John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center’s Mellon Arts Residency Planning Grant Initiative, the Department of Anthropology, the African & Africana Studies Programs of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, and the Office of Distinguished Visitors.
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