“‘Who is Marjorie Mensah?’ The Educated Woman and the Formation of a Modern West African Nation”

November 4, 2014
12:00 pmto1:15 pm

Browsing Room, Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

African Studies Lecture Series, Fall 2014: Women and Gender in Africa

AFR_Lecture_Series_Poster_Fall_14_WEB“’Who is Marjorie Mensah?’ The Educated Woman and the Formation of a Modern West African Nation”

Dr. Prais is the assistant director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.  She received her PhD in history and women’s studies from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include citizenship and social movements and colonial and gender identity formation in twentieth-century West Africa. She has received research funding from Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the University of Michigan. Recent publications include “‘Casting the Badge of Inferiority Beneath Black Peoples’ Feet’: Archiving and Reading the African Past, Present and Future in World History” with M. Diouf, Global Intellectual History, eds. Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori (Columbia University Press, 2013). She is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled, Between Empire and the World: West Africans and the Politics of Race and Culture in Interwar London and Accra. For more information on Dr. Prais visit http://www.ias.columbia.edu/about-institute-africa-studies/staff

Sponsored by the University of Oregon African Studies Program, Oregon Humanities Center, Office of International Affairs, Folklore Program, Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Center for Media and Educational Technologies.

All talks in this series are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. If faculty or graduate students are interested in meeting the speaker over a meal or a private meeting, please contact Melissa Graboyes at graboyes(at)uoregon.edu.