Schedule for HUMA Seminars and Book Lunches for the First Semester, 2012

10 February 2012

After a very engaging set of interdisciplinary seminar series and book lunches inaugurated last year, HUMA will be continuing these, both informed by our two central research themes, On Being Human and Circuits of Consumption.Our hope is to generate a cumulative and inclusive conversation around these two loosely and expansively formulated themes. All seminar presentations are based on original research and/or analysis – be it theoretical or empirical. The range of presenters will offer work in progress, as well as more polished.We have settled on Thursday lunchtime (from 13h00 to 14h30) as our regular seminar slot.

As for the Book Lunches, these will continue with much steam this year. The book lunch gives an opportunity for authors to have their books rigorously discussed with constructive commentary. The Book Lunch series will be monthly on Mondays (13h00- 14h30). All Seminars and Book Lunches are open to all staff, students and interested others. Lunch is served from 12h30 onwards.

You can download the programme here. We look forward to seeing you at the HUMA Seminar Room, 4th floor, Oppenheimer Institute Building, Upper Campus.


The HUMA Team

Lunchtime Talk - ‘Arabic Literary Traditions amongst the Yoruba, Nigeria’

17 October 2011

Lunchtime Talk with Prof. Amidu Sanni (Lagos State University)

The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project will be hosting a talk by Prof. Amidu Sanni on ‘Arabic Literary Traditions amongst the Yoruba, Nigeria’. Professor Dr Amidu Sanni, a Nigerian scholar of African and Middle Eastern Studies, completed his Masters in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Ibadan Nigeria (1984). Click to enlarge.

The Sahara Today Workshop

12 October 2011

By Sabelo Mcinziba

On the 8th-9th of September, the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project hosted the Sahara Today workshop with scholars from North Africa, Europe and South Africa who are interested in the Sahara. The areas of interest covered by various scholars expanded from political, social, cultural, identity, historical and other pertinent questions in and around the Sahara and their impact in relation to the rest of Africa as well as the world. 

A history of the Sahara and its significance to the region and the continent’s trade was one the central discussions with the Tuareg pastoralism in the Sahara and the desertification of the Sahara several millennia ago leading up to great volumes of migration as well as adaptation of the Tuareg population who are the principal inhabitants of the Sahara interior today. 

Highlight to the transnationalism nature of the culture through artists from the region to far away parts of the world.  The FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup hosted in South Africa saw the performance of an internationally recognized Tuareg band: Tinariwen transporting the culture of the Tuareg to millions of people all over the world. This spectacle is said to have brought immense emotions through the North African community as it speaks to cultural integration amongst Africans and the world at large. 

Security is a major issue in the Sahara as the migration of people continues to take place as testified by history, but today, the movement of Africans from the Sahara and Africa generally to Europe is particularly difficult as Europe has strict and discriminatory policies regarding the immigration of Africans. Constant claims to Islam radicalism as a one of the leading reasons for the insecurity in the region (e.g. Nigeria) primarily and secondarily in Europe are made, justifying these discriminatory laws against Africans in general and Islamic North Africans especially.  

The event was highlighted by  a lecture by Larbi Sadiki who spoke about the political developments in North Africa largely characterized in popular media as the ‘Arab Awakening’ providing fresh insight and perspective to the very topical events in North Africa. The event was filled to capacity with people from all ages and extremely rich interaction with the audience to end off a very successful event. 

Sahara Today Programme

8 September 2011 – 9 September 2011

This is the final programme for the Sahara Today Workshop, September 2011. You can download it HERE.


Public Lecture: Dr. Larbi Sadiki ‘North Africa between two revolutions’

5 September 2011

Here are the details of the upcoming public lecture by Dr. Larbi Sadiki entitled, 'North Africa between two revolutions'. Click to enlarge.