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Annual SERSAS/SEAN Conference: ‘Sustainable Development and US-Africa Relations’

February 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - February 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) and the SouthEast Africanist Network (SEAN) are pleased to announce a joint conference to be hosted by the College of Charleston on Friday evening and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Sustainable development has garnered increased attention and support in recent years in the West, but has long been applicable to Africa, where many countries are witnessing declines in poverty and hunger, and improvements in national economies. This is therefore a propitious time to reflect on Africa’s social and economic trajectories, in the past, present and future.  In what ways do African examples reflect possibilities for a more resilient world?  At the same time, the U.S. is just emerging from a presidential election in which Africa did not play a notable role in public debates.  How are new policies likely to affect given countries or regions in Africa?

The conference keynote lecture will be delivered by Peter Lewis, director of the African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Lewis is a world-renowned expert on governance and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information and to register, visit the African Studies Center website.


February 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am
February 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm