African Studies Program to welcome prominent China-Africa watchers

This week, the African Studies Program is bringing conversations on international relations to Madison, Wisconsin.

Long-time China and Africa watchers know that the China-Africa conversation is not new. But this Thursday’s discussion will challenge students and scholars to think about relations from a new perspective: the perspective of Africans living in China.

Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn, co-hosts of the popular Beijing-based Sinica Podcast, will come to UW for a live show on the topic of African Lives in China. Special guest Lina Benabdallah, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University, will talk about her work on the African community in Guangzhou, on the challenges that African students have faced in China, and how China’s growing involvement with Africa has impacted Africans living in China.

The live recording will take place on Thursday, September 28 at 4:00PM at the Pyle Center.

This conversation will follow Dr. Benabdallah’s lecture on Wednesday as part of the African Studies Program’s Africa at Noon lecture series. On Wednesday, Dr. Benabdallah will suggest that more so than natural resource investment, China’s investment in human resources in Africa serves to project power and build a positive image of China in Africa.

Dr. Benabdallah’s Africa at Noon lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 12:00PM in 205 Ingraham Hall.

Both events will feature light refreshments. See our events calendar for more details.