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  • Lunch seminar ASC/IIAS: Chinese labour on the French Congo-Océan railway in 1929

    The Congo-Océan railway from Brazzaville was built from 1921 to 1934. Thousands of Africans lost their lives during its construction. Less known is that 800 Chinese men from Guangzhouwan were imported to work on the railway. Chinese authorities disapproved, arguing that the days of the "coolie" trade were over. Antonetti, Governor-General of AEF, had to guarantee safe working conditions for the Chinese.

    This seminar examines the Chinese experience in the Congo and the controversy over French colonial labour conditions.

    You are all very welcome! Please bring your own lunch.

    Event date: 
    2015-06-03 00:00:00
    Start and end time: 
    13.00 - 14.00
    Seminar location: 
    Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
    Speaker and institute: 
    More about the speaker: 

    Julia Martinez is an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. As an historian of labour and migration, she undertakes a four-year project on the history of Asian and indigenous women's mobility in Australia and Southeast Asia.
    Her research project for this IIAS and ASC fellowship is an historical study of Chinese indentured labour in French Congo during the late colonial period. By the 1920s the employment of Asian indentured labour was already under coming under considerable international criticism from the ILO, and yet the French colonial government was still actively transporting workers to their various colonies. This project explores how the Chinese workers and government responded to the French proposal to send Chinese to Africa.

    Seminar room: 
    Room 3A06 (third floor)
    ASC email adress: 


  • PhD defence Abreham Alemu Fanta: Ethnicity and Local Identity in the Folklore of the South-western Oromo of Ethiopia

    Abreham Alemu Fanta will defend his PhD thesis, entitled Ethnicity and Local Identity in the Folklore of the South-western Oromo of Ethiopia: a Comparative Study at the VU University Amsterdam. ASC senior researcher Jan Abbink is his PhD supervisor.

    You are all very welcome.

    Abstract
    This thesis is a comparative study of folkloric constructions and expressions of ethnic and local identity among the southwestern Oromo (Macha) of Ethiopia, a complex multiethnic state. The focus is on identification, documentation, description and sub-group-oriented comparative analysis of folklore genres, specifically oral narratives – seen as local discourses of, and on, local groups and collective action. This perspective allowed new insights into the issue of local identity and relations between Oromo (sub-) groups. The core assumption was that, from an internal perspective, there are perceived local boundaries, differentiating one’s own group from those of "Others", both within and outside the larger regional ethno-grouping. Both unity and difference are expressed in folkloric products, showing constructed local boundaries, self-definitions and sub-group identifications. The thesis attests to the rich and varied oral heritage of the western Oromo as well as to their internal discourses and dialogues about ‘who they are’.

    Event date: 
    2015-06-16 00:00:00
    Start and end time: 
    13.45
    Seminar location: 
    VU University, De Boelelaan 1081, Amsterdam
    Seminar room: 
    Aula, main building


  • Inaugural address Rijk van Dijk at the UvA

    Prof. Rijk van DijkOn the occasion of his appointment as a Professor of Religion and Sexuality in Africa, ASC researcher Rijk van Dijk will give his inaugural address 'Faith in Romance. Toward an Anthropology of Romantic Relationships, Sexuality and Responsibility in African Christianities' at the University of Amsterdam on Wednesday 24 June.

    You are all very welcome!

    Event date: 
    2015-06-24 00:00:00
    Start and end time: 
    16.00
    Seminar location: 
    University of Amsterdam, Singel 411, corner Spui
    Seminar room: 
    Aula


  • PhD defence André van Dokkum: Politics, History and Conceptions of Democracy in Barue District, Mozambique

    Cover PhD thesis André van DokkumAndré van Dokkum will defend his PhD thesis at the VU University in Amsterdam on the subject 'Politics, History and Conceptions of Democracy in Barue District, Mozambique'. His promotors are:

    Promotor: prof.dr. G.J. Abbink (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
    Co-promotor: dr. M.P. Meneses (Universidade de Coimbra)

    Everyone welcome!

    Read the summary (in Dutch).
    Read the summary (in English).

     

    Event date: 
    2015-06-09 00:00:00
    Start and end time: 
    15.45
    Seminar location: 
    VU University, De Boelelaan 1081
    Seminar room: 
    Aula
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  • Seminar: Religious business and the violation of human rights in Africa today

    Vote for JesusThe growing pauperization of the lower classes in Sub-Saharan Africa is giving birth to new religiosities; notably, a Christianity of misery, characterized by countless unemployed and street-smart individuals striving for survival. Such people have learned to exploit the socio-political liberalization of the ’90s and they try their luck by proclaiming themselves to be prophets or chosen by God. They combine the Pentecostal rhetoric of ‘prosperity gospel’ with shamanic practices to sell ‘miracles’ to desperate and gullible people. The current and unprecedented ‘religious’ fervor has produced over 3000 prophets and prophetic assemblies in countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria or Congo-Kinshasa, where religious entrepreneurs are rapidly growing in influence among the poorer classes. At times this religious entrepreneurship goes along with criminal drifting, murder cases and offences to human dignity. How are these new figures of power becoming violators of human - civil, political, social and economic - rights? And how much of their existence is the result of corrupt governance?

    Event date: 
    2015-05-28 00:00:00
    Start and end time: 
    15.30 - 17.00
    Seminar location: 
    Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
    More about the speaker: 

    Dieudonné ZognonHe was born in 1969 in Galim, Cameroon, and received his PhD from the University of Yaoundé I. Currently he is an Adjunct Lecturer in Ethics and Moral Philosophy at this University. From 1 September 2014 to 30 June 2015 he is a Scholars at Risk Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar. Recently he published Le christianisme outragé : la misère religieuse en procès, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2014.

     

    Seminar room: 
    Room 5A37 (5th floor)
    ASC email adress: 



 
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