Addis 2019 African Humanities Workshop

Addis 2019 African Humanities Workshop

From January 3 to 8, the Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centers (CHCI) will present the first CHCI Africa Workshop, Addis 2019 at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia with a focus on redefining and multiplying the images of Africa and Africans past and present. The workshop is hosted in collaboration with the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Center of African Studies at Addis Ababa University.

Addis 2019 will include three intensive seminars focused on re-conceptualizing Africa as both a theoretical category and a prism to examine the contemporary world. Through art, literature, performance, and philosophy, these seminars will build on the possibility of Africa that flourished across the continent and into the diaspora during the early years of decolonization.

Through lectures, panels, artists talks, and site visits, participants will explore a range of critical positions and cultural practices. They will also critically engage the category of Africa itself, looking beyond both the post-Cold War, to focus on Africa as a metaphor for regression, decay, and urgent intervention and the limited opposition between ‘crisis’ and ‘renaissance’, as well as the new public debates on freedom and emancipation in the continent, cut across differences framed in terms of ethnic or national affiliation, language, region, religion, or historical background.

Supported by a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Africa Humanities Workshops are designed to strengthen the humanities in Africa by supporting the research and training of advanced graduate students and early-career scholars. The annual workshops are sites of collaborative investigation and include a combined focus on the development and circulation of new scholarship; collective inquiry through seminars and discussion; and training through practical workshops and professional development activities. They are also directed by the conviction that institutions in which individual scholars are able to thrive, collaborate, draw upon others, and create legacies are necessary elements of any project that seeks to have long-term effects.

The 2019 participants include Julie Mehretu, Henry Obi Ajumeze, Mihret Kebede Alwabie, Christelle Amina Djouldé, Yohannes Asfaw Beyene, Andualem Tolessa Bobe and Rosemary Chikafa-Chipiro.


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