On December 17th, 2009, NYU Africa House hosted its annual fellowship awards ceremony and presentations. Previous recipients presented the culmination of their research and participated in an audience Q & A. This year’s fellows were then awarded. A presentation on past and current art projects in collaboration with Africa House was given by Professor Nancy Barton, Department of Art and Art Professions Chair and co-director of the Dei Center for Arts in Ghana. Current Holmes award recipient Jenna Appelbaum presented on her research, “Lost (and found) in Translation: Interviewing with Interpreters” focusing on gender and social reconstruction after the genocide in Rwanda. The lecture was followed by a Q & A with a wine and cheese reception.
Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship
Co-presented and awarded with the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, this award is given to outstanding graduate students to support study and conduct research in Africa. The awards support the research and study abroad of scholars in the humanities and social sciences and may be used for visits to research sites, such as archival resource facilities, libraries, and fieldwork.
NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on economic, political, and social issues on the continent and programs in the Arts. Part of Africa House’s core mission is to advance the understanding of the links between Africa and the rest of the world, through the social, historical, economic and other lenses. Related to this, we also have relationships with African immigrant communities in New York City. NYU has a large number of professors and students doing research in the areas of economic development, economic growth and macroeconomics, microfinance, analysis of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, and law and legal institutions. Africa House regularly convenes high-level talks and seminars and has in the past featured African heads of state. We also host policy luncheons and research discussion presentations on focused topics. Our programs take place in New York City and in various capitals in Africa.