Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

News and Announcements

February 7, 2022

The Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies department at Columbia University is pleased to announce its annual Gradual Student Conference. Our theme this year interrogates borders and boundaries and through our conference we hope to complicate the naturalization of these formations as well as the concepts and methodologies that engage them.

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January 7, 2019

IAS Director, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, in a discussion with Toyin Ojih Odutola and Cécile Fromont on the fate of artworks stolen from the African continent.

A pivotal report calls for thousands of artworks to leave French museums and return to West Africa. An artist, a historian and a philosopher debate what should happen — and what these objects could mean to young Africans who have never seen them.

October 4, 2018

In South Africa ten members of a militant shack dwellers organisation have been assassinated in the past six years. Yet many progressive organisations have distanced themselves from these militants. Jared Sacks exposes the complicity of a mainstream NGO that could have played an important role defending the movement against these political assassinations. Sacks argues that when movements refuse co-optation, repression, including assassination, become necessary to maintain power.

September 25, 2018

Institute of African Studies core faculty member Mahmood Mamdani, on how South Sudan's new peace agreement will divide the country into a collection of tribes and disenfranchise minorities in each tribal homeland.



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