Professor Heywood and Professor Thornton to guest speak at Howard University African Studies Summer Institute for teachers

August 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized

Professor Linda Heywood and Professor John Thornton will speak to school teachers tomorrow, August 4, 2017, at Howard University’s Center for African Studies. They will share their knowledge of history of Angola and Kongo so that educators can design lesson plans with their newfound knowledge.

Congrats to Prof. Heywood on London Book Talk

July 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to AFAM Studies Professor Linda Heywood for presenting a well-received talk from her book, Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen, with Carlos da Silva Jr. and Toby Green of King’s College at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London, on July 3, 2017.

Black Cultural Archives Book Launch 2017

Professor Heywood with fellow panelists at Black Cultural Archives Book Launch in Brixton, London, England.

Register now!-Fall 2017 course spotlight CAS AA 395

June 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized

Fall 2017 Course

 Power, Leadership and Governance in  Africa and The Caribbean

AA395/HI352/IR394

Monday- Wednesday-Friday 

11:15pm–12:05pm

Professor Linda Heywood

 

Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen-Heywood gives talk at BCA in London on July 3rd

June 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized


Njinga Launch flyer

Professor Heywood Featured in the Times Literary Supplement

June 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Professor Linda Heywood’s biography Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen has been featured in a Times Literary Supplement review.

Heywood TLS 9th June 2017

“Written Documents and Kongo Administration”

June 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Professor John Thornton, Professor of African American Studies and History; Director of African American Studies Program and Graduate Studies – Boston University, USA

Arts Complex Link 1, 3-5 Woodland Road, , Bristol BS8, UK

4 July 2017, 3.00 PM – 5.00 PM

“Written Documents and Kongo Administration”  

The Kingdom of Kongo developed a literate elite very soon after the contact with Portugal in 1483. Thanks to conversion to Christianity and the efforts of King Afonso I (1509-42), the kingdom had a comprehensive school system that had delivered Christian instruction as well as elite literacy by 1550 at the latest. As a result, historians have had access to a limited but important series of written documents from Kongo.  This paper examines the degree to which Kongo used written documentation as part of its administrative process.  Although actual documentation is limited, thanks to the destruction of archives through the centuries there is sufficient evidence that it did indeed issue instructions, certifications, and judicial processes in written form.

For further information, please contact Dr Jose Lingna Nafafe

“The Strategic Diplomacy of Queen Njinga: Written, Spoken and Performed”

June 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Professor Linda Heywood, Professor of African History and the History of the African Diaspora and African American Studies – Boston University, USA

 Arts Complex Link 1, 3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8, UK

4 July 2017, 3.00 PM – 5.00 PM

“The Strategic Diplomacy of Queen Njinga: Written, Spoken and Performed”   

In the view of some western scholars, Africans only became aware of history when Europeans established “centralized, document-generating colonial governments.” Others are inclined to see the adoption of literacy in Africa as crucial in undermining the oral traditions which held back African societies. This powerpoint presentation on Njinga, Orality, Literacy and performance, critiques both these positions. Using written texts and images from the period, I argue that although Queen Njinga adopted writing in her dealings with the Portuguese, the success she achieved during her fifty years of military and diplomatic relations with them, as well as her unique spiritual diplomacy with the Vatican, had more to do with her strategic use of oral communication, written texts and performance than with her ability to read and write Portuguese.

For further information, please contact Dr Jose Lingna Nafafe

Professor Heywood interviewed about her book “Njinga of Angola”

May 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized

In her recent interview with New Books Network, Professor Linda Heywood spoke about her new book, “Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen,” a biography that highlights the political and military power that Njinga possessed during her rein as Queen of Angola in the early 1600s.

Morgan Barry wins “Award for Writing Excellence in the Humanities in Honor of Robert E. Charm”

May 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to Ms. Morgan Barry (right) for winning the University “Award for Writing Excellence in the Humanities in Honor of Robert E. Charm” for her essay titled “The Attitudes of the Men will be Tested: Angolan Women’s Emancipation in Revolution and Civil War.” The essay was written for Professor Linda Heywood’s (center) class CAS AA/HI 588: “Women, Culture and Power in Africa.” Fellow student Ms. Annalise Routenberg is pictured on the left.

Morgan Barry award 2017

AfAm Essay Contest Winner!

May 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to Salimata Isobel Diakité (COM ’18) for writing the winning essay, “Hatshepsut;
A Conscious Forgetting.” for the 2017 African American Studies Alumni and Friends Undergraduate Essay Prize! Ms. Diakité will be recognized by Dr. Mary Anne Boelcskevy at the AFAM Convocation on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM at 138 Mountfort Street Brookline, MA. All are welcome to attend the event!

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