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Africa's Diasporas: a continental longing for form?

Africa Talks public lecture

Date: Tuesday 24 May 2011 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Ato Quayson
Chair: Dr Joanna Lewis

In 2005 the African Union declared the African diaspora to be the sixth region of the continent.  But was the concept of "African Diaspora" understood correctly at the time? This lecture will offer a more complex definition. It will focus on the  difference between dispersion and diaspora, the dynamics of identity formation, the contrasts between Indian Ocean and Atlantic processes of diasporization, and the growth of a mixed-race population.

Ato Quayson is Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for the Study of Disaporas and Transnationals at the University of Toronto.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #lsediaspora

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043. 


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