2015 – 2016 Faculty Small Grant Recipients

Paul Berliner (Music)

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 1.51.33 PMMbira Master Cosmas Magaya Residency and Collaboration with Ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner

Arguably Zimbabwe’s leading mbira player, Cosmas Magaya came to Duke to conduct workshops with both undergraduate and graduate students in the music department. Magaya demonstrated the mbira and discussed some of the traditions and practices surrounding this unique musical instrument. Magaya also assisted Berliner with an on-going ethnomusicological research project, which will culminate in a publication. These workshops brought Zimbabwe’s musical heritage to the attention of Duke students, promoting further interest in the arts and culture of Zimbabwe and the larger African continent. Mgaya’s visit culminated with him and Berliner playing the closing musical interlude at the memorial service for Srinivas Aravamudan.  This event took place at the Nasher on May 7, 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.59.13 PMThomas DeFrantz (Dance, African & African American Studies)

Africa in Circum-Atlantic Perspective: Feminist Performance Routes. A Dialogue in Movement

This four-day workshop series featured the work of four female dance artists of the African diaspora representing the United States, Zimbabwe, Jamaica/Barbados and Guadeloupe. Events included dance workshops, a roundtable discussion on ‘Feminist Performance Routes,’ and an artist talk with choreographer Jessi Knight. Postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty and community members, were able to take part in a unique opportunity to learn from artists well versed in the African dance tradition. They were also given the chance to learn about the challenges facing female performers of the African diaspora. Participants came all the way from Greensboro to attend, and the workshop series featured an impressive turn out of over 90 people in total.

Bruce Hall (History)

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.01.54 PMSymposium on Muslim Africa

This symposium brought a fresh perspective to the study of Muslim sub-Saharan Africa. Forging a connection
between Islamic and African studies, this event had a stellar line up of guest speakers, including Omid Safi (Duke Islamic Studies Center), Charles Stewart (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign) and Sa’diyya Shaykh (University of Cape Town).  Nearly 50 people attended, including students from UNC-Chapel Hill. The discussions after each panel were particularly lively, with a wide variety of viewpoints and much needed debate centering on scholarship and methodological practices in the region.

Charlie Piot (Cultural Anthropology)

African Refugees and Migrants at Europe’s Doorstep

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.05.22 PMThis two-day conference covered the theme of African migration and the on-going refugee crisis in Europe. Featuring keynote speaker Achille Mbembe (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand), the conference brought in over sixty participants, as well as scholars from across Europe, Africa and the United States engaged in research on African migration.  The conference also held a film screening of the critically acclaimed Mediterranea (2015). The conference had a stellar turn out, with well over fifty people attending the keynote address.

Eve Puffer (Global Health Institute)

Technology for Health in Africa: Closing treatment gaps through the use of technology

To be held in Autumn, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.06.45 PMThis mini-conference will feature discussion around cutting edge technology and its applications in African settings. A variety of topics will be covered, including mobile phone applications for family therapy intervention in Kenya; a workshop on integrating technology across disciplines conducting work in low-resource settings; and lastly, presentations by Duke faculty who have successfully implemented technology into health research.

Nimmi Ramanujam (Global Women’s Health Technologies Center, Biomedical Engineering)

A multidisciplinary approach to implement wide scale cervical cancer prevention among vulnerable populations in East Africa

To be held in Autumn, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.08.08 PMThis one-day symposium will focus on three issues relating to cervical cancer prevention in East Africa. The goal of this symposium is to bring together bioengineers, social scientists, economists and policy makers in order to work together and bring about innovative technological solutions to the problem of cervical cancer in East Africa.

Deb S. Reisinger (Global Health Institute, Romance Studies)

Central African Resettlement in Durham

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.09.54 PMApproximately 50,000 Congolese will be resettled in Durham in the next 5 years.  Reisinger’s timely series of three events, spread across the autumn and spring semesters, worked to create a dialogue with researchers, local universities and the larger Durham community about refugee resettlement in North Carolina from a central African perspective. The first event was a campus-community celebration of central African cultures, music and food. This was followed by a student-curated exhibit at the Durham History Hub, which traced resettlement patterns in North Carolina, and was the result of a collaborative project with community partners. Over 70 people attended. The final event was held at Forum for Scholars and Publics, and included a round table with scholars and refugees.

Kearsley “Karrie” Stewart (Global Health Institute)

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A jam-packed week of film and discussion on infectious disease and visual representation in Africa, this event featured documentaries on health issues in Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Liberia. Film makers were invited to come and speak about their work and experiences in Africa. Local African community associations were also invited to attend, bringing in community members from a variety of African countries.

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