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Institute for African Development Seminar Series: Social Media Aesthetics and the Digital Afterlives of Old Nollywood

Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 2:40pm to 4:35pm

Uris Hall, G-08 190 Tower Rd.

The Issues in African Development Seminar Series examines critical concerns in contemporary Africa using a different theme each semester. The seminars provide a forum for participants to explore alternative perspectives and exchange ideas. They are also a focal activity for students and faculty interested in African development. In addition, this seminar series prepares students for higher level courses on African economic, social, and political development. The presentations are designed for students who are interested in development as well as Africa’s place in global studies, want to know about the peoples, cultures, and societies that call Africa home, and wish to explore development theories and alternate viewpoints on development practice.

James Yékú is an Assistant Professor of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, where he leads the African digital humanities program. He is the author of Cultural Netizenship: Social Media, Popular Culture, and Performance in Nigeria (Indiana University Press), and a book of poetry, Where the Baedeker Leads (Mawenzi House, Toronto). His current digital projects include Digital Nollywood, an Omeka-based collection of vintage film posters from Nigeria. Yékú is a 2022 fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Africana Studies and Research Center, Institute for African Development, Global Development, Sustainability



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Jackie Sayegh

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James Tunde Yeku

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Assistant Professor, African Digital Humanities, University of Kansas

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