Friday Top Five: April 5th.

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This week Project Africa’s Friday Top Five is a little different, instead of individuals and videos to check out we have a list of some events, some organizations and a blog you should check out.

1. African Film Festival 



“In 1990 AFF’s founders established goals that continue to enrich our mission and organizational development: To use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understand of African arts, literate and culture; To develop a non-African audience for African films; To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.”

“For almost twenty years, African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) has bridged the divide between post-colonial Africa and the American public through the medium of film. AFF’s unique place in the international arts community is distinguished not only by leadership in festival management but a comprehensive approach to the advocacy of African film and culture.”


2. NYU Africa House 

“NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute at New York University devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on Political, Social, and Economic issues. NYU has a large number of professors and students doing research in many areas of Economic Development, including in economic growth and macroeconomics, micro-finance, analyses of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, law and legal institutions. Africa House hosts a number of high level talks and seminars, and has in the past featured African heads of State. We also hold policy luncheons and smaller discussion groups and research presentations on focused topics.”


3. SPAN 

“SIPA Pan-African Network (SPAN) is a student group based out of Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA). SPAN is committed to fostering discussion and awareness on Pan-African issues. We seek to create an informal community of support and to provide a platform for students interested in the economic, political and social development of Africa and its Diaspora. We are an open membership group, and we represent SIPA and other Columbia University students from a variety of interests and disciplines, as well as from a variety of ethnicities and countries from around the globe.”


4. Rethinking Africa 

Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs Presents Rethinking Politics in Africa:
Media, Knowledge Production, Techno-Politics.

“This conference examines how media, knowledge production, and sovereignty are being recast in a post-Cold War Africa marked by new forms of interventions and techno-politics, cultures of legality, and modalities and technologies of representation and circulation. The continent is frequently depicted as the global exemplar of crisis – ravaged by civil wars, epidemics, and dysfunctional corrupt regimes. In contrast, this conference will explore how Africa, seemingly at the margins of world affairs, is in fact central to understanding new grammars of global governance, novel forms of knowledge production and experimentation, and shifting logic of sovereignty and democratic politics. Via a series of focused conversations on representation, knowledge production, and the techno-politics of sovereignty, this conference provides a forum to theorize global transformations from historically situated, interdisciplinary inquiries and thus to rethink politics not just on the continent, but more broadly in a postcolonial, post-Cold War world.”


5. Africa is a Country 

“The ironic title of the blog, Africa is a Country, acknowledges the re-hashed images of ‘Africa’, undermines those notions, and re-inscribes the image and narrative bank that ‘Africa’ evokes. Beyond the project of ‘re-imaging’ Africa, the blog is a project of re-imagining a nation-ness that exists outside the borders of the classic nation state and continental boundaries. While counter productions like ours are hardly ever ‘networked’ within existing power structures, we use the image field of the blogosphere to construct a new vision of self vis a vis networks outside the mainstream. Africa is indeed a ‘country’: the ‘citizens’ of AIAC critique the story and images, contributing to the intellectual dynamics of image consumption and narrative engagement.”


Thanks and if you would like to curate a list just email with the subject line: “Friday Top Five Guest Contributor” the Wednesday before Top Five. 


– Header done by Samantha Clements. 


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