Decolonizing the Classroom Conference Registration and Program

Decolonizing the Classroom

Africa Network’s Biennial Conference
Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts- September 27-29, 2019

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Africanist teaching and scholarship has long fought to bring African voices to the center of scholarly debate. However, structural inequality and prejudice has also allowed colonial hierarchies within the academy to remain. Following the lead of growing African social movements like #RhodesMustFall, the Africanist community in the West must now grapplewith their own traditions of power, privilege and exclusion. In 2018, outgoing African Studies Association president Jean Allman called on the scholarly community to rethink this history of inequality within the Africanist academy under the banner #HerskovitsMustFall. Thus as organizations like ASA begin to grapple with the politics of knowledge production, Africa Network’s Biennial Conference will explore how these important ongoing debates inform the undergraduate classroom.

From introductory surveys to individual mentorship of student research, how do we challenge students and the broader system of higher education to prioritize African voices and African issues within the undergraduate curriculum?  We seek proposals which address the broad themes of decolonization and expanding attention to African issues and voices within undergraduate teaching. “Decolonizing the Classroom” is a part of Africa Network’s broader mission is to promote the study of Africa within the liberal arts curriculum. Our conferences are designed to bring together an interdisciplinary group of teachers/scholars to share best practices in a collaborative environment.

Our 2019 Conference will include a key note pedagogical lecture from award winning historian Trevor Getz.

Africa Network members receive a registration discount. Annual individual membership is $25. Annual institutional membership is $100. All faculty and staff of institutional members are considered members of the Africa Network and need not pay additional membership fees.

Registration fee is 200$ for members; $250 for non-members; 150$ for current students; or 75$ for African based scholars. Conference registration fees cover all conference costs and most meals throughout the weekend. Travel to St. Olaf and local accommodations are not included

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If you prefer to pay by check: mail checks, payable to Africa Network, to Africa Network Treasurer, Prof. Todd A Watkins, Lehigh University Dept. of Economics, Rauch #37, Bethlehem, PA 18015. You may send a single check covering registration and membership. We can also invoice electronically.

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Conference participants who are flying to the conference are encouraged to fly into Hartford’s Bradley Airport (BDL). Bradley is approximately a forty-five-minute drive to Northampton, MA and Smith College. Transportation from Bradley to Northampton can be arranged via rental car. Taxi and Uber drivers are also available at the airport for transit to Northampton. Other airports in the vicinity are Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Albany International Airport (ALB). Depending on traffic, Logan is approximately 2-3 hours from Northampton and Albany International Airport is just under two hours.

Amtrak also serves Northampton via the Vermonter Train running through New York and Washington, DC.

Local Hotels

Hotel Northampton (
36 King Street
Northampton, MA
Walk: 10 minutes to Smith College

Fairfield Inn and Suites  (Fairfield Inn)
115A Conz St.
Northampton, MA
Walk: 20 minutes to Smith College

Quality Inn and Suites (Quality Inn)
117 Conz Street
Northampton, MA
Walk: 20 minutes to Smith College

The Ellery (Ellery)
259 Elm Street
Northampton, MA
Walk: 10 minutes to Smith College

In addition to the above hotels, there are several options available via Airbnb