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You Can’t Decolonise African Studies without Decolonising Africa

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Street in Jenne-Youboucaïca. Photograph by Hamdia Traoré, 2015.
3:30 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri April 5, 2019
3:30 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Conference Keynote: Robtel Neajai Pailey

Where is the “African” in African Studies? What is the state of African Studies today? These questions posed by acclaimed Liberian scholar and Oxford University Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey are intended to provoke and energize the field of African Studies. Scholarship about Africa often relies on specific cultural viewpoints and political interests, and can fail to take into consideration ideas and movements occurring outside the confines of academia. Pailey’s talk, the keynote of the Program of African Studies annual conference titled African Studies Now: Decolonizing the Field, will consider the origins of African Studies, its current debates, and new ways of conceiving of the study of Africa. Learn more information on this free, open conference, taking place April 4–6.

This program is presented by Northwestern Program of African Studies graduate student seminar (AfriSem).

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at