In Pictures: ‘Africanizing Technology’ Conference

Earlier this month, I was invited to a tightly-packed, two-day conference on “Africanizing Technology” at Wesleyan University in Connecticut (a 40 odd minute car ride from New Haven). It was organized by a historian of West Africa on the Wesleyan faculty, Laura Ann Twagira The full program is here. The paper I gave eventually morphed into this talk I gave two weeks later at the London School of Economics. Hopefully the rest of the papers make it to larger audiences outside the academy. Meanwhile, you’ll have to do with these images of the conference by Solen Feyissa, a PhD student in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota.

Further Reading

On Safari

We are not just marking the end of 2019, but also the end of a momentous, if frustrating decade for building a more humane, caring future for Africans.

Time travelin’

The Chimurenga arts collective explores the relevance of FESTAC, a near forgotten, epic black arts festival held in Nigeria in the mid-1970s, for our age.

Detritus of revolution

Nthikeng Mohlele’s novel Small Things (2013) provides a rejoinder to J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), depicting a black man’s perspective on the failures of South Africa’s transition.