DUCAS African Week

Last two weeks we celebrated the DUCAS Ninth Annual Africa Day in Dalarna University, Falun. The program kicked off with a lecture on “Images of Revolution: a short political history of South Africa in photographs” by Dr Nick Shepherd, Associate Prof., University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Nick Shepherd is from South Africa.

After the two hours lecture, we went for the traditional Africa Days Dinner for invited guests and students at the VIP-Lodge very close to the Ski jump in Falun Lugnet.

We had some bottle of wine, soup, cakes, bread, cheese and fruits. The dinner lasted till the night and we all got to talk and chat with the guests and other students. The dinner was hosted by Dalarna University Centre for African Studies.

The next day we had a lecture on “Ethnicity, Language, gender and education: The case of Kenya” by Dr Joyce Kemuma, Ass. Prof., Dalarna University. The lecture was on education in Kenya and on the issue of ethnicity, language and gender. After the lecture by Dr Kemuma who is from Kenya but lives in Sweden, we had another lecture by Dr Amr. Sabet, Associate Prof. Dalarna University, and the lecture were on “Egypt after the Arab Spring: Muslim Brothers, Military Rule and the Middle East Today” It was an interesting topic, he talked about the Arab spring, the crisis in the middle east and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

After lunch, we had two more lectures by some guest lecturers from the University of Bologna  Italy, Dr Karin Pallaver, Ass. Prof., on “The History of Africa through its money” and Dr Elisa Magnani, Ass. Prof., Dr.on “Cultural tourism in the places of the slave trade in Africa” From the lecture slides Dr Karin Pallaver, we got to see the different kinds of historical currencies used during the colonial period in some parts of Africa for trade and exchange. Also Dr Elisa Magnani gave us a short introduction on the Importance of memory for the Black diaspora community worldwide is followed by a comparative analysis of two case studies: Gorée and Ilha de Mozambique, we learnt about heritage sites in various parts of Africa where slaves were taken out from to some parts of Europe and America during the slave trade era.

The next day which was the last day of the African days, we had received some lecture from Dr Karin Pallaver and Dr Elisa Magnani from the University of Bologna, Italy on “What East Africans got for their Ivory and Slaves” and “The Slave Trade Heritage” respectively. The lectures was an eye opener for me and I am glad to be part of the event. I am thankful to DUCAS; Dalarna University Centre for African Studies for their support and organisation of this great and inspiring event.

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