Jess Auerbach on the Fever for Universities in Angola

Venue: Encina Hall West, Room 219, 417 Galvez Mall.

Host: Join the Center for African Studies for our weekly lunchtime lecture series, Africa Table.

Speaker: Jess Auerbach, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University; 2014 Susan Ford Dorsey Dissertation Research in Africa Fellow.

Description: In this talk, Jess will explore the post-war emergence of the higher education sector in Angola. Based on fieldwork conducted in Lobito, Benguela and Luanda whilst a Center for African Studies Ford Dorsey Fellow in 2013-14, Jess will be focusing on how the Cold War era has influenced not only geopolitic spaces but the 'structures of thinking' that are now essential in the education of the next generation of Angolans. She will draw on fieldwork undertaken with Angolans trained in Cuba, the former Soviet Union, Portugal, South Africa and Brazil, as well as with current students, to argue that these 'structures of thinking' are what define the logics of Angola's post-war reality, particularly the failure of the Arab spring to take hold as many anticipated it might. However, that failure is by no means permanent, and she will explore the powerful shifts in thought and imagination that are now compelling the country towards a potentially very different sociopolitical experience.