African Studies Conference – Postponed

Africa on the Rise

Penn State’s African Studies Program 7th Annual Conference 
“Africa on the Rise! 60 years after 1960”

Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18, 2020
Hyatt Place Hotel, 219 West Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: The Conference is Postponed

Dear Conference Participants:

After my wonderfully upbeat message earlier this week, I must inform you that we have to postpone the African Studies 7th Annual Conference until the Fall 2020, due to changes in Penn State policy in response to the coronavirus crisis.   

We will be restricting travel to the University over the next month, which requires either limiting or canceling planned events. We will keep you informed as we restructure the conference and look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

Please continue to check our website and twitter for all updates. Email us at psuafr@gmail.com with any questions. 

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Cheryl Sterling

Head of the Planning Committee

Director of African Studies


Registration for the conference is now open. Participants must register by March 13, 2020 to be included in the program schedule. Please fill out the registration form below to confirm that you will be in attendance. We look forward to your conference presentations. Register for free here.

For further inquiries, email psuafr@gmail.com.  

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place State College 

Conference attendees can reserve a room by: calling 1-888 HYATT HP (1-888-492-8847) (Hyatt Place) or by going online. Group block code: G-AFAM. 

Reservations must be made before March 20, 2020 to lock in the conference rate. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the Hotel’s prevailing rates.

Keynote Speakers

Clapperton Chakanetsa MavhungaClapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s latest book is entitled The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (MIT Press, 2018). His professional interests lie in the history, theory, and practice of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the international context, with a focus on Africa. Mavhunga joined MIT as an assistant professor in 2008 after completing his PhD at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), which received Honorable Mentions in the Turku Prize (European Society for Environmental History) and Herskovits Prize (African Studies Association) in 2015. His second is an edited volume entitled What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? which explores STI in Africa from an archaeological, historical, philosophical, anthropological, STS, engineering, development, and policymaking perspective. His current book project focuses on African modes of chemistry, focusing on the making and strategic deployment of plant, animal, and mineral materials as poisons and medicines. Some of Mavhunga’s essays appear in Social Text, History and Technology, Transfers, and Journal of Southern African Studies.

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga: “What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa?”

Dr. Dele Jegede, Professor Emeritus of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio,  has over four decades of experience as artist, art historian, painter, cartoonist, art critic, curator, and art administrator. After a  first-class honors degree in studio art from the Ahmadu Bello  University, Zaria, Nigeria, he obtained his Masters and doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied under  Professor Roy Sieber. His professional experience includes several solo  and group exhibitions in Nigeria and the U.S and a long list of  scholarly publications. He has authored several monographs, essays, and reviews on diverse aspects of African, and African-American art. He  began his career at the Daily Times of Nigeria as Art Editor and  cartoonist before moving to the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba,  Nigeria, where he rose to become the Director of the Center for Cultural  Studies before moving to the U.S. in 1993 with his family. He was  Fulbright Scholar, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia (1987-1988);  President, Society of Nigerian Artists (1989-1992); President, Arts  Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) (1996-1998). In 1995,  he was Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African  Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His academic administrative positions include Professor and Chair of Department at  Indiana State University, Terre Haute (IN), and Miami University, Oxford, (OH). He is recipient of the Distinguished Africanist Award of  the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Jegede is actively engaged  in full-time art-making. His recent exhibition—Transitions—at Terra Kulture in Lagos (July 14th-23rd, 2016) was a tremendous success. His current academic project pertains to a forthcoming book on the pioneer Nigerian cartoonist—Akinola Lasekan: Cartooning, Art, and Nationalism at the dawn of a New Nigeria.—which he is co-editing with Dr. Aderonke Adesanya.

Cartoonist & Art Curator Prof Dele Jegede Hosts Exhibition Tagged Transition