African Studies : Yesterday and Today
Round table – Launch of the major/minor in African Studies
Oct 11, 2023 — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Dear colleagues, dear students,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the launch of the major-minor in African Studies, which begins this Fall 2023 semester. This program has been the subject of intense debate within our university, and its aim is to pursue this debate through a series of courses and external interventions designed to arouse interest and critical thinking around the multiple representations we may have of a continent that is extremely diverse, rich and complex in its geography, ecology, history, culture, societies, economy and politics.
Major-Minor in African Studies
The Major-Minor in African Studies is a multidisciplinary, pan-faculty program bringing together the Faculties of Social Sciences, Arts, Civil Law, Telfer and Education. Launched in autumn 2023, the program is based on a solid partnership with several academic and research institutions in various French-speaking African countries. This partnership, which is set to expand to other regions of the continent, both English- and Portuguese-speaking, involves the arrival of guest research professors to teach the core courses. This mobility gives the program a dynamic, cross-disciplinary approach, helping to deepen our knowledge of the diversity and complexity of African realities.
On October 11, a round table featuring eminent Africanists from different social science disciplines will open a discussion on the meaning of African Studies today, and the particular challenges that this type of program may face as universities move towards a decolonial perspective and epistemic justice.
The event will open with a word from the Dean of the FSS, Ms. Victoria Barham, after which the round table discussion will begin. It will be moderated by : Nathalie Mondain and Marie-Eve Desrosiers [subject to change].
The panelists are :
- Mr. Mamoudou Gazibo, Political Science, UdeM
- Ms. Anne Calvès, Sociology, UdeM
- Ms. Madeleine Wayack Pambè, ISSP, Université Ki Zerbo de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
- Mr. Jean-Alain Goudiaby, IEFSG, Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor, Senegal
The round table will be followed by a bilingual question period.
Summary of the event :
09:00 - 09:10: Welcome (Steering committee of the major/minor)
09:10 - 09:30: Word from the Dean
09:30 - 09:45: Coffee
09:45 - 10:45: Round table
10:45 - 11:30: Bilingual Q&A
A buffet will be served to panelists and guests at the event.
The event is open to the faculty and student community.
The round table will be in French followed by a bilingual discussion with the audience
Meeting ID: 824 1577 2075
Secret code: 189503