African History Seminar Series

The African History Seminar events take place at 6:30 pm, dinner provided, Georgetown University ICC 662, unless otherwise noted. Please contact Prof. Kathryn de Luna for more information. If you wish to be added to the seminar’s email list, please email

Please note that the African History Seminar Series is on hold as of 2020.


October 28, 2019
Bianca Murillo, California State University, Dominguez Hills
3:00 pm, ICC 662

February 22, 2020
Africa Graduate Student Conference, “Towards Africa’s Urban Landscape”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Waseem Bin-Kasim, Elon University
View Call for Papers for this Event


April 13, 2018
Pier Larson, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University; 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM, ICC 662
“Contracts, Beef, and Sex at Fort-Dauphin (Madagascar), 1642-74: France’s First Colony of the Indian Ocean in Global Context.” Co-sponsored with Early Modern History

April 12, 2018
Dylan Proctor Workshop Event w/Gérard Chouin; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, ICC 662

May 31, 2018
Jeff Fleisher, Anthropology, Rice University; Time & Location TBD


December 15, ICC 662, Internal Workshop, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

March 29, ICC 462, Jane Guyer, 4:30PM-6:30PM

May 12, ICC 662, Jon Soske, “The Ethical Nation: Albert Luthuli, the Indian Diaspora, and the Question of the Also-Colonized Other” 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


April 23, Mortara Center, 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Annual Spring Workshop on the Theme of
African Environments and their Populations

Nancy Jacobs, Brown University
Animal Studies and African Studies in Conversation
Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University

Also Featuring Guest Panelists 
Christopher R. Conz, Boston University
Urging the People to Clean up their Country: People, Sheep, and Psoroptes in Lesotho, c. 1900-1930s
Allison Hahn, CUNY—Baruch College
Conflicting Standards of Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Narok, Kenya
Ben Hurtwiz, George Mason University
Sheep and Shepherds in the Cape Region of South Africa
Keri Lambert, Yale University
Tapping Ghanaians: Kwame Nkrumah’s Rubber Scheme, 1957-68
Admire Mseba, University of the Free State
Locusts and Power: Pestilence and the Making of a Colonial Society in Northeastern Zimbabwe
Dylan Atchley Proctor, Boston University School of Medicine
Women prefer elephant, men gorilla: Tasting the Anthropocene in the Congo River Basin
Tom Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic
Boundary Making and the Origins of Namibia’s Contentious Community-Based Natural Resource Management Programs
Geoffrey Traugh, New York University
Cash Cows: The Business of Cattle Keeping in Malawi, 1960s-1980s 
Andrea E. Williams, Colorado State University
Civilizing through Cork: A Social Sustainable Enterprise in French Colonial Algeria

December 3
Myra Houser, Ouachita Baptist University
Robert Russell Edgar, Howard

“‘The Most Patient of All Animals, Next to the Ass’: Jan Smuts, Howard University and African-American Leadership, 1930”
Discussant Robert Trent Vinson,The College of William and Mary
Discussant Trishula Patel, Georgetown University

Meredith McKittrick, Georgetown University
“The Rain Maker Goes to Court: Murder and Famine on the Kavango River”
Discussant Paul Landau

October 29
Chap Kusimba, American University
“Trade and State Formation in the Ancient East African Coast and Southern Zambezia”

Cory Young, Georgetown University
“Making Demand: White Attitudes and Black Slaves in Senegambia, 1350-1700”