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A Return to the African Personality: Intergenerational Conversations

Thursday, May 23, 2024, 7:00 pm

Screening with introduction and Q&A at the Pollock Theater

Noorie (dir. Manmohan Krishna and Yash Chopra, 1979, 114’)

Professor Katie Young (Concordia University) will discuss the reception of the Super-Hit Indian Romance film Noorie in Northern Ghana (Dagomba Region) up to the present day. She will be in conversation with Francis Yeboah (PhD Student, Film and Media Studies, UCSB). Francis’s work is focused on exhibition practices in Ghana. See: https://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock-events/cwc-global-noorie/

A Return to the African Personality:
Intergenerational Conversations

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Friday, May 24, 2024, Conference: 9:00 am- 5:30 pm

The Annenberg Room: SSMS 4315

Co-convened by: Christabel Agyeiwaa, kwabena agyare yeboah, Peter Bloom, and Stephan Miescher


Welcome and Introduction

9:15- 10:45am

Panel I: Perspectives on African Personality: Ghana TV and Black Studies

Chair: Stephan Miescher (History, UCSB)

Speaker: Bright Gyamfi (History, UC-San Diego)
Presentation: Locating the Black Star in Black Studies and Latin American Studies
Respondent: Chris McAuley (Black Studies, UCSB)

Speaker: Emmanuella Amoh (History, Baylor University)
Presentation: Ties that Bind: Diasporic Africans and Pan-Africanism in Making Modern Ghana
Respondent: Jude Akudinobi (Black Studies, UCSB)

10:45-11:00am: Break

11 am -12:30pm

Panel II: Gendered Subjectivity: Consumerism and Family Law

Chair: Peter Bloom (Film and Media, UCSB)

Speaker: Bianca Murillo (History, CSU-Dominguez Hills)
Presentation: Yentua/We Shall not Pay: Debt According to the People, 1970s
Respondent: Christabel Agyeiwaa (History, UCSB)

Speaker: Kate Skinner (African History, University of Bristol, UK)
Presentation: “The Right Type of Woman…at the Policy Making Level:” Representational struggles and inter-scalar analysis
Respondent: Priscilla Owusu Amoako (History, UCSB)

12:30-1:30 pm

1:45-3:45 pm

Panel III: Indigeneity, Restitution, and Ritualization

Chair: Mhoze Chikowero (History, UCSB)

Speaker: Silvia Forni (Fowler Museum, UCLA)
Presentation: Moving Beyond Theory: An Experience in Repatriation
Respondent: kwabena agyare yeboah (History, UCSB)

Speaker: Andrew Apter (History and Anthropology, UCLA)
Presentation: Atlantic Slavery and the Spirits of Racial Capitalism
Respondent: Elizabeth Pérez (Religious Studies, UCSB)

Speaker: Boatema Boateng (Communication Studies, UC-San Diego)
Presentation: When Parallels Meet: From Indigenous to Indigeneity
Respondent: Claudia Ankrah (History, UCSB)

3:45-4:00 pm


4:00-5:30 pm

Panel IV: Performance, Cinema, and Spectatorship

Chair: Althea Wasow (Film and Media Studies, UCSB)

Speaker: Katie Young (Cultural Geography, Concordia University)
Presentation: Noorie in Context: Reflections from Northern Ghana
Respondent: William Elison (Religious Studies, UCSB)

Speaker: David Donkor (Performance Studies, Texas A&M)
Presentation: “Bringing Back the Love:” Batakari, Soccer and the Performance of (Inter) generational Dress Politics in Ghana
Respondent: Francis Yeboah (Film and Media Studies, UCSB)

Dinner will be held at the home of Stephan Miescher (starting at 6:30 pm); we ask that participants, colleagues, and those attending please RSVP to miescher@ucsb.edu by Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

This Conference has been supported by the following units at UCSB: The Carsey-Wolf Center, The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, The College of Letters & Science Conference Fund, The Orfalea Center, The Africa Center, the Department of Film and Media Studies, and the Department of History.

OrfaleaCarsey-Wolf Center


Annenberg Conference Room
4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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