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Joining Theory and Empiricism in the Remaking of the African Humanities

In March 2013, the African Studies Center received the excellent news that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation had agreed to fund a five-year interdisciplinary research and teaching partnership between the University of Michigan and University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The effort, titled “Joining Theory and Empiricism in the Remaking of the African Humanities”, will foster and strengthen innovative research in the humanities, and closely affiliated fields in the social sciences with the objective of building a transcontinental community of scholars who addresses ambitious theoretical questions that resonate with local, regional, and global experiences. Over the five-year period, we will hold two two-week courses per annum alternating between Johannesburg and Ann Arbor, on significant questions that inform scholarship in the Humanities broadly conceived.

Decolonizing Sites of Culture in Africa and Beyond

November 20-22, 2017— Rackham Graduate School, 4th Floor Assembly Hall, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA. Details »

Political Subjectivities and Popular Protest

November 14-16 & 29, 2016 — Ann Arbor, Michigan. More details »

Writing History After E.P Thompson

November 16-18, 2015 — Ann Arbor, Michigan. More details »

African Studies in the Digital Age

November 10-18, 2014 — Ann Arbor, Michigan. More details »
Organized by Daniel Herwitz and Derek Peterson (University of Michigan); Keith Breckenbridge (University of the Witwatersrand)

Theorizing from the South

May 7-16, 2014 — Johannesburg, South Africa. More details »
Organized by Gabrielle Hecht, Anne Pitcher, and Martin Murray (University of Michigan); Keith Breckenridge and Sarah Nuttall (University of the Witwatersrand)