CAS News Bulletin: Week of December 5th, 2016
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St. Michael's and All Angels Church, Blantyre, Malawi. Photo provided by Anna Mwaba.
December 5th, 2016

Talks This Week

12/05- Meet & Greet and Seminar with Harounan Kazianga, Candidate for Associate Professor in International Development. 1:00 - 3:00pm in 1151 McCarty A

12/07- SASA Lunch Talk, Elise Morton, UF: "Bird Species Diversity and Population Trends in a Montane Rainforest of Rwanda." 11:45am in 471 Grinter

12/07 - Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems' Lecture Series, Jeffrey Mariner,
Tufts University, "Rinderpest Eradication: Technical and Social Innovations." 3:00pm in 102 Animal Sciences Building No. 459

12/08 - Museum Nights, Fati Abubakar, Photographer,
"Bits of Borno - Bruised But Not Broken, Surviving Boko Haram." 6:30pm @ the Harn.

12/09- Baraza, Bernard Dubbeld,
Stellenbosch University: "Post-apartheid Predicaments of Youth: A View from the Countryside." 3:30pm in 404 Grinter

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Awards and Publications

  • Emily Pukuma (Political Science) has been awarded a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the W. W. Massey, Sr. Presidential Scholarship Fund for the Spring 2017 term.
  • Mamadou Bodian (Political Science) defended his dissertation, "The Politics of Electoral Reform in Francophone West Africa: The Birth and Change of Electoral Rules in Mali, Niger, and Senegal." His supervisor committee was Leo Villalon (chair), Michael Bernhard, Larry Dodd, Bryon Moraski, Dan Smith, and Fiona McLaughlin.
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Fati Abubakar: Bits of Borno - Bruised But Not Broken, Surviving Boko Haram

A Collaborative Installation on display in the Chandler Auditorium at The Harn, November 29, 2016 - February 26, 2017.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Lina Benabdallah is an ABD PhD candidate at the department of Political Science and Center for African Studies at UF. She is an avid follower of China-Africa relations broadly defined and focused her dissertation on the aspect of capacity building and vocational training programs.

Benabdallah’s research (based on fieldwork experience in China and Ethiopia) investigates the role of human resource development programs in Chinese foreign policy in Africa. Her research explores how China builds and projects power in its relations with African states besides its increasing economic leverage. She posits: how do we make sense of China’s increasing investments in human resource development for African states?

Benabdallah’s dissertation argues that China’s power projection in Africa goes beyond material capability and financial prowess and is better accounted for by understanding the role of providing capacity building programs and vocational trainings for Africans of all walks of life (peacekeepers, military officers, medical staff, journalists, civil servants of all ranks, etc.). It finds that expert knowledge productions and skills transfers programs are central to China’s power building mechanisms in Africa. Training African professionals in China provides opportunities for Chinese skills, knowledge, norms, and development model to be marketed as an alternative for African participants.
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