Black Studies: Paradigms, Frontiers, & Challenges
Wed, Nov 20
3:00 PM — 4:45 PM
NAC160 Convent Avenue,
Title: African Involvement in History and Memory of Pearl Diving in the Middle EastAfrican-descended women as Pearl divers off the Arab peninsula, come hear more!
Dr. John Thabiti Willis is an Assistant Professor of African history at Carleton College. He is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the prestigious post-doctoral fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies, at the University of Virginia. He is in the process of completing his manuscript, Masquerading Politics: Performing Gender, Ethnicity, and Kinship in a Yoruba Town, Otta, Nigeria, 1774-1902. His new research project focuses on the African diaspora in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates in particular. His talk entitled, "African Involvement in History and Memory of Pearl Diving in the Middle East," is an intersection of his research interests in gender, ritual, expressive culture, and memory.