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China and Africa at a Crossroads: Revisiting the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms

  • Heyman Center Common Room (map)
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Rebecca Karl, Associate Professor, History, NYU
Jamie Monson, Director, African Studies, Michigan State University
Stephanie Rupp, Asssitant Professor, Anthropology, CUNY-Lehman
Barry Sautman, Professor, Division of Social Sciences, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Hairong Yan, Anthropologist, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Duncan Yoon, Assistant Professor, English, University of Alabama
In conversation with Columbia faculty:
Howard French, Associate Professor of Journalism
Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Comparative Literature, ICLS
Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, MESAAS
This workshop will examine the unfolding historical relationship between China and Africa, as part of an ongoing working group devoted to the study of the Legacy of Bandung Humanisms and sponsored by the CSSD.
The Bandung Humanisms working group is interested in the vast, disaggregated landscape of creative elaboration and political, social, and cultural thinking, including current constellations that would be unthinkable without the Bandung legacy. From the beginning, the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization and the Non-Aligned Movement have cited the humanism and self-determination of Bandung. At their first conferences in Cairo and Conakry, the Afro-Asian solidarity movement resolved to support inclusion of the People’s Republic of China in the U.N. and to encourage cultural exchange among the nations of Africa and Asia. A solitary, 1963 poem by Chinese poet Han Pei-ping, set one night in Conakry, gestures towards the impetus to uncover the many associations, writings, and artworks that have identified with Bandung Humanisms.

The event is free and open to the public, no registration.
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