Dr Franz Kogelmann from the Bayreuth International School of African Studies, University of Bayreuth will read from his work on Islamic Welfare Institutions in today’s Northern Nigeria from 13h00 to 15h00 in the Radiatorn auditorium on Wednesday September 29. Professor David Attwell (University of York) will present “Realism, Nationality and the Poetics of Cultural Nationalism” with a focus on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart at 16h15 in the Helikon auditorium. Activities then shift to the Åbo Stadsbibliotek where Brian James from Sierra Leone, the Nordic Africa Institute’s guest writer 2010, will close the day by reading selected writings between 17h30 and 18h30.

Guest lectures on September 30 and October 1 are part of the Nordic Africa Days. It kicks off with the lecture “The Evolution of African Cinema” by Dani Kouyaté, film maker from Burkina Faso, and closes with a showing of his film Sia from 10h00 to 12h00 at the Armfelt on Thursday. Later on the same day, Dr Joyce Nyairo, Cultural Analyst; Program Officer, Media & Civil Society at the Ford Foundation, Office for Eastern Africa, Nairobi presents “Making Space: Alternative Voices and the Search for Public Virtue in Contemporary Kenyan Media” from 18h00 to 19h00 at the Armfelt auditorium.
Highlight of the week is Professor Mahmood Mamdani’s lecture “Human Rights: The African Experience and the Way Forward”. Mamdani holds the Herbert Lehman of Government post at Columbia University. He will present at 09h30. He is an expert on internal conflicts in Africa and a critical voice against genocide. He continues to write on and challenge negative perceptions about Africa.

Visit http://web.abo.fi/fak/hf/hist/nad2010/ for more information.

For further information, please contact Holger Weiss (holger.weiss@abo.fi) or Professor Holger Weiss, Åbo Akademi University, Department of History, Arken/ Fabriksgatan 2, FI- 20500 Åbo, Finland.