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Wakanda Forever: Reflecting on the Real and Imagined Africa

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

The Grand Salon | USU
8th Annual African Studies Symposium Event Flyer

Please join us for the 8th Annual African Studies Symposium. The theme this year, Wakanda Forever: Reflecting on the Real and Imagined Africa, with keynote speaker, Mary Adekoya from the University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies Department, explores the various ways we access Africa, not only through film and media, but also through commodities, labor, the arts, tourism, and personal relationships and family histories.


  • 9:00AM Welcome

  • 9:30-10:45 Reconnecting to Africa: Pan African Aesthetics
    • Mutombo Nkulu-N'Sengha (Religious Studies, CSUN) "Religion, Science and African Aesthetics"
    • Aimee Glocke (Africana Studies, CSUN) "All Black Everything:" The Connection and Influence of the Black Aesthetic on the African World"
    • Sheba Lo (Africana Studies, CSUN) "The Ties that Bind: Pan African Aesthetics in Black Panther"

  • 11:00-12:00 African Histories and Landscapes through the Wakanda Imaginary
    • Sylvia Macauley (History, CSUN): "Real and Imagined Histories of Africa"
    • Suzanne Scheld (Anthropology, CSUN): "Landscapes and Cityscapes of Africa"
    • Samuel Ntewusu (History, University of Ghana) "Imagined and Real Royalty of Africa: Insights on the Making of Kings in Ghana"
  • 12:30-1:30 Keynote Address
    • Mary Adekoya (University of Chicago) "Narrating African Time: Nollywood as Popular Melodrama in the Post-Development Era"

  • 1:30-2:00 African Dance Performance

  • 2:00-3:15 Accessing Africa Marketplace
    • Exhibits on various ways we access Africa, and Tea Circle conversations with students who have lived, worked, and traveled in Africa

  • 3:15-3:30 Closing Remark

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This event is free of charge. Guests may park in Parking Lot G3 or G4. A valid parking permit must be displayed at all times. Parking is $8 per vehicle. Permits may be purchased at one of the CSUN Information Booths located at either Prairie Street & Darby Avenue or on Nordhoff Street & Lindley Avenue or at one of the kiosks located in the parking areas. Download a PDF of the CSUN USU Map