African Studies Workshop

Alternate Tuesdays, 5:30 pm // Wilder House

This workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students and faculty whose work concerns the material and socio-cultural lives of people of the African continent and its discursively constituted diasporas, present and historical. Student participants tend mostly to come from the anthropology department, but the workshop also has active members in the fields of history, human development, literatures, political science, religious studies, and history of culture, and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and exchange. In addition to regular presentations by students, faculty, and invited guests, the workshop hosts biannual Red Lion Seminars jointly with Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies.

Social Theory Workshop

Alternate Thursdays, 6:00 pm // Wilder House

This workshop explores issues in social theory across a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.  The emphasis is less on developing social theory than on exploring in a sustained fashion the social theoretical implications of the participants’ work.  Themes to be addressed are likely to include the relationship between social and cultural transformations; questions of the public sphere, civil society, and democracy; the relations between modernist and postmodernist forms of social theory; and conceptual issues posed by globalization.