These lectures are given in memory of Obi Igwara, who tragically passed away far too early. Obi Igwara was a founding member of the Association and these lectures focus on her research area: ethnicity and nationalism in Africa.
Obi Igwara Memorial Lecture: Crossing Boundaries
Speaker: Judith Okely (Hull University, International Gender Studies Centre )
Date: Wednesday 27 January 2009
Location: Hong Kong Theatre, LSE
Speaker Biography: Judith Okely is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Hull University and Deputy Director of the International Gender Studies Centre.
The theme of the lecture this year is anthropological research in Africa. Anthropologists may cross boundaries of nation, ethnicity, class, and culture, both far from, and within, presumed familiar territory. Professor Okely's lecture draws on individual cross-cultural encounters and the anthropologists' transformative experiences of fieldwork in Africa.
The Obi Igwara Memorial Lecture: The Politics of Believing - Morality, Rationality and Agency in Contemporary Africa
Speaker: Prof. Patrick Chabal (King's College London)
Date: Wednesday 16 January 2008
Location: U8 Lecture Theatre, Tower 1, LSE
Speaker Biography (a): Patrick Chabal who studied political science at Harvard, Columbia and Cambridge universities, is Professor of Lusophone African Studies at King's College London, University of London. He has taught and done research in a number of African countries as well as in the USA and Europe. He is the author of a large number of articles and books on political change, leadership, identity, culture and literature. He will present a chapter from his forthcoming book on African Politics.
Speaker Biography (b): Athena S. Leoussi is a Lecturer in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, UK. She is a founder editor of the journal Nations and Nationalism and author and editor of many articles and books on nationalism and national art.