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Winter Herbert P. Lefler Talk, Early West African History through a Different Optic, by Professor Michael Gomez

From site: History

Date: Monday, January 30th, 2012

Time: 4:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Leighton 305

Contact: Nikki Lamberty, x4217

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Michael Gomez is Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His work concerns both Africa and its diaspora, and is primarily concerned with cultural and social history. He is currently in the writing stages of a book on the history of early and medieval West Africa, with a focus on imperial Songhay. Upon its completion, he plans to write a comprehensive study of the African diaspora, within which he will address all attendant arguments and debates. Throughout, he will remain connected to the Arabic manuscript project underway in Mali, arguably one of the most important endeavors to develop in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Having founded the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) in 2000, and having served as president of the International Scientific Committee (CSI) of the Slave Routes Project under UNESCO, Gomez continues to work with these as well as other organizations invested in the struggles of people of African descent worldwide. He especially looks forward to exciting opportunities developing in Latin America. He is the author of Black Crescent: African Muslims in the America, Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora, Exchanging Our Country Marks:  The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South, Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad:  The Precolonial State of Bundu, editor of Diasporic Africa: A Reader, and the author of many articles.  http://history.as.nyu.edu/object/michaelgomez.

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