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The Great Upheaval with Judith A. Byfield

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Olin Library, 107
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

In the years following World War II, women’s organizations in Nigeria became central to a new political vision of the obligations and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as a way for women to define their wants and needs, according to Judith A. Byfield, professor of history. In a live, hybrid Chats in the Stacks book talk Byfield will discuss The Great Upheaval: Women and Nation in Postwar Nigeria (Ohio University Press, 2021) and the period’s dynamic political engagement to illuminate the centrality of gender to the study of nationalism, and offer new lines of inquiry into the late colonial era and its consequences for the future of the Nigerian state.  

The Great Upheaval was the 2022 recipient of the Martin A. Klein Prize given by the American Historical Association in recognition of the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during the previous calendar year.

This book talk is hosted by Olin Library. Light refreshments will be served. 

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Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, History, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University Library, Olin Library

University Themes

Diversity, Research


history, CUL, Gender, book talk, olin library, gender studies, africal, fgsscal

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Jenny Leijonhufvud


Judith Byfield

Speaker Affiliation

History, Africana Studies and Research Center, and the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

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No registration needed for in-person, but register via the link above to join the webinar.

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Free and open to all.

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