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Our Own Way in the Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation

February 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Date/Time: February 10, 2021 – 12pm CT (6pm UTC)

Speaker: Kwasi Konadu

Drawing on his new book, Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation, Konadu’s talk will use the story of healer and blacksmith Kofi Dɔnkɔ, and the interlaced evolution of his kin, community, and culture, to explore the critical themes of colonialism, nationalism and decolonization in Ghana and the wider world. Through an approach called communography, Konadu interweaves Dɔnkɔ’s life and community with the history of Gold Coast/Ghana and broader patterns in world history.

Kofi Dↄnkↄ carrying Asubɔnten Kwabena shrine at Takyiman Fofie Festival, 6 October 1970.

Kwasi Konadu is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair and Professor at Colgate University, where he teaches courses in African history and on worldwide African histories and cultures. A father and husband first and foremost, Konadu is also a healer who studied with his grandfather in Jamaica and then in Takyiman (central Ghana) as well as a publisher of scholarly books about African world histories and cultures through Diasporic Africa Press, Inc.

Website: www.kwasikonadu.info
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kbkyiadom


February 10, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm