Boko Café

Join us between the months of May and June 2021 for a series of talks and discussions about religion, morality, and Boko in West Africa. During each Boko Café session, different scholars will present their work.

Our sixth session took place on June 29th, 2021 between 4-6pm (Berlin time) with our guest Dr. Lassane Oudéraogo, an AIAC Inaugural Fellow at the New School, New York. He gave a presentation on “Ancestral Spirituality and Religious Competition Among Students in Burkina Faso.”
Our fifth session took place on June 22th, 2021 between 3-5pm (Berlin time) with our guest Dr. Pedro Monaville, a historian of modern Africa and a professor of History at NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE. He gave a presentation on “Students, the Church, and Decolonization in the Congo.”
Our fourth session took place on June 15th, 2021 between 4-6pm (Berlin time) with our guest Dr. Guy Bucumi, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Faculté de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. He gave a presentation on “Religions et pouvoirs étatique en Afrique francophone: les paradoxes d’une laïcité importée.”

Our third session took place on June 10th, 2021 between 12-2pm (Berlin time) with our third guest Dr. Anne Heffernan. She is a professor of history at Durham University, England. She presented her research on “Black Consciousness on a Black Campus: Christianity and Politics at the University of the North, South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.
Our second session took place on June 1st, 2021 between 4-6pm (Berlin time) with our guest, Dr. Issouf Binate. He is a professor of history at Université Alassane Ouattara of Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. He will present his research on “Les étudiants ouest africains en Turquie. Mobilité estudiantine et circulation de compétences.”
Our first session took place on May 13th, 2021 between 4-6pm (Berlin time) with our guest, Dr. Tatiana Smirnova. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre FrancoPaix (UQAM) and an associate researcher at the Sahel Research Group (University of Florida). She presented her research on “Politics of violence and higher education in Niger: 1960-beginning of 1990s.

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