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2013 Africa House Student Fellowship Presentations

Recipients of the Holmes/Thoyer/Gallatin Fellowship presented their research and answered questions in front of an audience. This year’s presenters included: Laine Strutton on “Women’s Role in the Oil Reform Movement in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria“, Declan Galvin onUnderstanding the Political Viewpoints/Epistemologies of Informal Workers in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe“, Martha O’Donovan onExperience with the Magamba Cultural Activist Network, an organization that uses hip hop and spoken word poetry as a medium for the promotion of social and political change in Harare, Zimbabwe“, and Nienke Boer on Indian Ocean Passages: The Chronotope of Indentured Labor in Literature, Law, and Autobiography.” The presentations were followed by a networking reception at NYU Africa House.

Schedule:

5:30 – 5:35 pm  Introductory Remarks: Prof. Yaw Nyarko, Director, NYU Africa House

5:35 – 5:40 pm  Welcome Remarks: GSAS Dean Benton

5:40 – 5:45 pm  Welcome Remarks: Mr. Robert Holmes; Mr. & Mrs. Judith Thoyer Inaugural Thoyer Fellowship Award Presented  by the Thoyers to 2013 recipient – Mr. Akiva Fishman

5:45 – 6:00 pm  Presentation Holmes Fellow, Ms. Laine Strutton: Women’s Role in the Oil Reform Movement in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

(10min Presentation and 5min Q&A)

6:00 – 6:15 pm  Presentation Africa House Gallatin Fellow, Mr. Declan Galvin

Understanding the Political Viewpoints/Epistemologies of Informal Workers in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

(10min Presentation and 5min Q&A)

6:15 – 6:30 pm  Presentation Africa House Gallatin Fellow Ms. Martha O’Donovan

Experience with the Magamba Cultural Activist Network, an organization that uses hip hop and spoken word poetry as a medium for the promotion of social and political change in Harare, Zimbabwe

(10min Presentation and 5min Q&A)

6:30 – 6:45 pm  Presentation Africa House Holmes Fellow: Nienke Boer

Indian Ocean Passages: The Chronotope of Indentured Labor in Literature, Law, and Autobiography

(10min Presentation and 5min Q&A)

6:45 pm  Closing remarks by Prof. Yaw Nyarko followed by a networking reception at NYU Africa House 44 Washington Mews  (Food & Refreshments were provided)

This was a public event.

Thoyer Fellowship: The Africa House Thoyer Fellowship is founded on the premise that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained, sound management of the economy, and that such management is more likely where there is an active, well-informed group of professional economists and development experts to conduct policy-relevant research. The Africa House Thoyer Fellow is expected to make a presentation of his/her research as part of the Africa House programming, and will actively participate in the deep intellectual life of Africa House and its affiliated Development Research Institute.

Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship: The Robert Holmes Award is available for outstanding graduate students to support study and research in Africa. The award supports 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 locations that will be necessary for later sustained dissertation research. Award recipients are expected to make a presentation of the research as part of the Africa House programming.

Africa House Gallatin Fellowship: NYU Gallatin and NYU Africa House will award up to $5,000 to a Gallatin student whose concentration would benefit from travel to and research on Africa during the summer months. All areas of research are welcome, though the research being proposed should be closely linked to the student’s existing or developing concentration; prior related coursework is expected.

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.