CAS News Bulletin: Week of April 10th, 2017
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Beach Party, Ghana. Photo provided by Jennifer C. Boylan.
April 10th, 2017

Talks This Week

Monday 04/10- Social Change & Development Working Group, Nancy Rose Hunt, UF: "Pleasure and Dreams in a Congolese 'Shrunken Milieu.'" 12:45pm in 471 Grinter

Tuesday 04/11- SASA Lunch Presentation, Senegal RTA Group, UF. 11:30pm in 471 Grinter. More info below.

Thursday 04/13- POSTPONED- NRM in Africa, Andrew Mude, International Livestock Institute: "Using Remote Sensing to Improve Rural Livelihoods." 12:45pm in 471 Grinter

Friday 04/14- CANCELED- Distinguished Lecture in African Archeology, Audux Mabullala, National Museum of Tanzania.

Next Week:

Wednesday 04/19- Islam in Africa Working Group, Stig Jarle Hansen,
The University of Life Sciences in Oslo: "The Sahel, The Rift Valley, and The Horn: A Comparative Study of African Jihadists.'" 11:45am in 471 Grinter

In this issue:






·  STUDENT SPOTLIGHT- Chizoba Ezenwa

Awards and Publications


Lina Benabdallah (Political Science) has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in political science at Wake Forest University! Congrats Lina!
Please send citations for your recently published articles, book chapters, book reviews, or op-ed pieces to for their inclusion within the news bulletin.

SASA Lunch- Tuesday April 11th

Title: "New Technologies of Communication and the Building of Transnational Social Networks by Haalpulaar Migrants"
Speakers: Riley Bailey, Shade Dorsainvil, and Mitchina Dorson

The Presentation will focus on the Thilogne Association Development's use of the new technologies of communication to coordinate their activities across national borders. This Migrant hometown association present in France, Italy, USA, Gabon and Congo uses skype, whatsapp, and social media to fundraise for local community projects, to mobilize transnational villagers around development initiatives, and to coordinate their transnational activities. This particular research focus is on the organization by TAD of a forum in Dakar and a cultural festival in Thilogne. It examines particularly how participants use new technologies of communication to make these local events go global or multi-local to the different villages' diasporas through the live feeds transmitted to whatsapp, telegram, and Facebook groups.

African Graduate Research Poster Competition

Graduate students conducting (or planning to conduct) research in Africa!
We invite you to join the Natural Resource Management in Africa Working Group’s Poster Competition on April 13th from 2-4 pm in Reitz Union  3320.

This competition is open to ANY UF graduate student conducting research about Africa or based in Africa in ANY field of study. The goal of the competition is to share graduate research taking place in Africa with a broad audience. 

Posters will be judged by faculty working in Africa and we will award several $300 Grants that can be used for research or travel.

Register by visiting: by Monday, April 10th to ensure you get a spot.
Questions? Contact

Dr. Noah Salomon

Last Week's Recap

On Friday April 7th, Noah Salomon gave a Baraza presentation titled, “For Love of the Prophet: The Art of Islamic State-Making in Sudan.” Dr. Salomon is Associate Professor of Religion, and Director of Middle East Studies, at Carleton College. The talk supplemented material that can be found in Dr. Salomon’s new book, For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State (2016, Princeton University Press).
Dr. Salomon began his talk using the painting depicted on the front cover of his book to visually and narratively situate the project of the Islamic State in Sudan within a broader timeline than is typically understood. In 2015, Dr. Salomon was finishing his book and traveled to Sudan with the hope of acquiring a painting by Dr. Ahmed Abdel Aal, a painter, scholar and Sufi Sheikh who had served as the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Khartoum. Dr. Salomon traveled to Dr. Ahmed’s daughter’s house as she housed her father’s paintings after his death. Many of the paintings were in bad condition, partially because there was no protecting them from the ubiquitous dust storms. After selecting a painting with no title, Dr. Salomon hoped, but did not know, if the work of art would relate to his book project on Islamic State-Making in Sudan.
Dr. Salomon returned to the US and in the process of having the painting restored, a faded title appeared on the back of the work- “From the Diary of Shaykh Taj al-Din al-Bahari”. In painting the work,Dr. Ahmed had imagined a diary for Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Bahari, “the Sufi leader and follower of the Qadiriyya order who met Dawud b. ‘Abd al-Jalil, a Sudanese merchant from Arbaji, during the pilgrimage in Mecca about 1577 and was invited to visit the Funj kingdom. There he stayed for seven years, during which he initiated a number of prominent Sudanese into the Qadiriyya order” (Mamdani 2009, Saviors and Survivors, pg. 325). Essentially, Dr. Salomon argues, the Sudanese state is realizing that al-Bahari’s Sufi Islam had been more effective in this prior time than their current law-based approach to the Islamic State-Making Process. After the partition of Sudan into two countries in 2011, Sudan has begun to explicitly use art and poetry to instill love of the prophet within the heart of the Sudanese. Similarly, the particular moment in Sudanese history in which al-Bahari occupies is being mobilized, rewritten, and repurposed for the nation-making initiative. Dr. Salomon believes this is what Dr. Ahmed was referring to in his painting depicting the diary of a man who lived several hundred years ago.

Student Spotlight

Chizoba Ezenwa is a fourth-year International Studies- Africa major at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She will receive her B.A. with a minor in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance in May 2017. She currently works as a program assistant for the Sahel Research Group (SRG) within the Center for African Studies where her main responsibilities include publishing the weekly Sahel newsletter, maintaining the Sahel Research Group website, and formatting Group publications. Chizoba also took part in the organization of the 2017 Carter Conference titled “On the Edge: What Future for the African Sahel?” alongside SRG faculty and graduate students.

Born in England and raised in a Nigerian family, Chizoba had an early exposure to the global community that encouraged her to travel and pursue International Studies. During middle and high school, she traveled each summer to Nigeria to visit family and later began volunteering at the Anawim Home Rehabilitation Center in the city of Gwagwalada. Her work with the center included collecting data for the HIV/AIDS clinic; assisting the patients with mental disabilities; organizing a school supply drive for the local primary school’s orphaned children; and typing exams for the school’s administration. Following her first year at UF, she spent the summer in the Dominican Republic on a service learning program where she studied Intermediate Spanish while teaching reading skills to the children of child social service organization, Acción Callejera. Post-graduation, Chizoba looks forwards to continuing her desires to serve and to learn about international development and African affairs through the Peace Corps as a Food Security Extension Agent in Benin.
Curated by Jennifer C. Boylan, Programs and Communications Officer,
Center for African Studies, UF.
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