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  Monday, October 22, 2012

"The African Components of the Columbian Exchange: African Plant and Animal Species in the 18th-Century Atlantic World"

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  4:30 pm
Judith Carney Professor of Geography, UCLA This talk highlights the role of the transatlantic slave trade for the circulation of African plants, animals, and natural knowledge in the Atlantic World. Emphasis is on the significance of slave ships for their circulation and the New World sites where the species were established. Slave ships carried African foodstaples and food animals along with enslaved peoples familiar with their cultivation and husbandry. The discussion illuminates the ways that African introductions and knowledge systems shaped the foodways and environmental history of tropical America.
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Myra Armstead  845-758-7235
  Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The African Ratio in Western Science

Confessions of European Travel-Writers Molested by Tsetse Fly, 1830s-80s
Olin 102  5:00 pm

by Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Assistant Professor of History and STS at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an STS scholar of Africa interested in historicizing and theorizing the role mobility plays in everyday life. He researches and teaches on African Mobilities and Mobility in Africa; Science, Technology and African Societies; Energy, Environment, and African Society; and (African) Indigenous Knowledge Production and Practice. Mavhunga is finishing his first book, The Mobile Workshop, which traces the role of mobility in human-nature-technology interactions in Zimbabwean history. He is also co-editor of the Inside Mobility: A Kaleidoscopic Overview volume for MIT Press. Mavhunga has also published over a dozen articles and book chapters, including: “A Plundering Tiger with its Deadly Cubs?: The USSR and China as Weapons in the Engineering of a ‘Zimbabwean Nation,’ 1945-2009,” in Gabrielle Hecht (ed.),Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War, editor (MIT Press, 2011) and “Vermin Beings: On Pestiferous Animals and Human Game,” Social Text 106 (Spring 2011), an article that anticipates his second book project.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Science, Technology, and Society Program
Contact: Yuka Suzuki  845-758-7219