2008-2009 Events

Spring 2009 Announcements

  • Welcome to New Diaspora Cluster Hire: Dr. Keisha LindsayWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Keisha Lindsay will be joining the African Diaspora and Atlantic World Research Circle in Fall 2009. Dr. Lindsay is coming to us from the University of Chicago where she will receive her Ph.D. in Political Science this spring. Her dissertation, entitled “(Re)Reading Intersectionality and Identity in the discourse on Marginalized Black Men” argues that intersectionality is a heuristic that can be used to advance a range of normative claims antithetical to black feminism. Rather, she suggests that unmooring intersectionality from the kind of black feminism that purports to speak for and from a black woman’s “standpoint” broadens the scope of intersectional subjectivity to include gay black men, working class women, and others at the crossroads of interlocking oppressions.Dr. Lindsay has extensive research and teaching experience in African American, Afro-Caribbean political thought, feminism in the African Diaspora, and politics and popular culture in the black Atlantic. She is the author of “Is the Caribbean Male an Endangered Species?” in Gendered Realities: Essays in Feminist Thought, edited by Patricia Mohammed (2003).

Fall 2008 Schedule of Events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m., Adepeju Layiwola, Artist, Senior Lecturer, “Contemporary Benin Brasscasting: A Study in Continuity and Change”
    Chazen Museum L140
  • Wednesday, September 24, 200812 noon, Adepeju Layiwola, “Women’s Expressions in Benin Art”
    206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
  • October 18, 2008 – January 11, 2009, Mami Wata exhibit by Henry DrewalPress Release
    Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 800 University AvenueChazen Museum of Art Presents a Community Regatta, October 4, 2008, 3–5 p.m., Memorial Union Terrace. InformationComparative Modernisms Series
  • Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12 noon, Jahan Ramazani – Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English Literature at the University of Virginia, “Poetry, Transnationalism, and Globalization”
    Helen C. White 7191
  • October 23, 2008, 2:30 p.m. Grad Student Roundtable, HCW 7101
  • Thursday, November 6, 4:00 p.m.
    Public Lecture: Michele Elam, Associate Professor of English, Director of African and American Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Stanford University
    “The High Stakes of Mixed Race: Post-Race, Post-Apartheid Performances in the U.S. and South Africa”
    Helen C. White 7191Friday, November 7, 12:00 pm 
    “Obama’s Mixology” Brownbag
    Helen C White 7101
  • Thursday, November 20, 2008, 4:00 p.m., Natalie Melas – Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University
    “Forced and Enforced Rupture: Modernism and Colonialism”
    HCW 7191
  • Fri, November 21, 2008, 12 noon, Grad Student Roundtable, HCW 7101
    For this informal discussion between Prof. Melas and graduate students, we will be reading a work in progress by Melas entitled “Untimeliness, or Negritude and the Poetics of Contramodernity.” Please contact Megan Massino at massino@wisc.edu for an electronic copy of the essay and to RSVP.
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 5-6:45 p.m. Celeste Henery, Department of Anthropology, Center for African and African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
    “Where They Walk: Senior Black Brazilian Women, Community and Diasporic Healing Practices”
    5230 Social Science
    W. H. Sewell Social Science Building
    1180 Observatory Drive


  • Friday, December 12, 2008, 10-11:45 a.m., Marc D. Perry, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois
    “¿Que Bola?: Rap, Race, and a Politics of New Black Subject-Making in Cuba”
    8417 Social Science
    W. H. Sewell Social Science Building
    1180 Observatory Drive
  • Monday, December 15 10:00 am – 11:30 am., Keisha Lindsay, Department of Political Science, The University of Chicago “(Re)Reading Intersectionality in the Discourse on Marginalized Black Men: The Promise and Pitfalls for Black Feminist Thought” 422 North Hall
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:00 am – 12:30 pm., Claire Adida, Department of Political Science, Stanford University,
    “Too Close for Comfort? Immigrant Exclusion in Africa”
    422 North Hall

Summer 2008 Schedule of Events