AAA Conference: "The Business of Africa"

AAA Conference: "The Business of Africa"

Seventh Annual Conference hosted by the African Activist Association.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Royce Hall 306
Los Angeles , CA 90095


Saturday, May 19-10:00am-5:30pm at Royce Hall 306. Panel Discussions

Panel I: Technology and Business (10:00-11:30am)

Moderator: Michael Lofchie, UCLA

  • Lela M. Winston, UCLA: Waking the Giant: Technology & Business in Africa
  • Yareka Mhango, Anakazi Center: Rethinking African Business Development
  • Ruth Carlitz, UCLA: Sending a Message: Assessing the Role of Mobile Phone Technology to Promote Local Government Accountability.
  • Alex Laverty, UCLA: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Sub-Saharan Africa

Panel II: Entrepreneurial Avenues & Impediments 11:45am-1:00pm

Moderator: Edith Mukudi Omwami, UCLA

  • Douglas Kolozsvari, University of Michigan: Privatizing Public Railways at Any Lost Benefit: Neoliberal Railway Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Brian Smithson, Duke University: Breaking a Leg in Lagos: The Nigerian Video Film Phenomenon as a Semi-digitized Network
  • Mark Malisa, The College of Saint Rose: Education and Transnational African/Black Childhood in 20th/21st Centuries

Lunch 1:00-2:00pm at the Royce Terrace. (Lunch is provided free to conference attendees)

Panel III: Reclaiming Creative Expressions: The Business of African Filmmaking 2:15-3:30pm

Moderator: Claudia Hoffmann, UCLA

  • Inês Cordeiro Dias, UCLA: The Business of Emigration in Flora Gomes’ “Nha Fala”
  • Rush Perez, UCLA: Retaking the Lens: An Examination of a New Generation of African Documentary Filmmakers and their Western Counterparts
  • Ty-Juana Taylor, UCLA: "Aural Journeys”: The Use of Music in African Cinema
  • Claudia Hoffmann, UCLA: Nollywood Abroad:  Nigerian Video Film Production in North America

Panel IV: Film Screening 3:30-5:30pm

Moderator: Ruby Bell-Gam, UCLA

Darwin's Nightmare


The James S. Coleman African Studies Center310-825-3779

Download file: Business-of-Africa-Program-sm-rrn.pdf

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, This conference was made possible by the generous support of Campus Programs Committee, Associated Students UCLA, UCLA Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities, Student Cultural and Diversity Programming Fund and African Studies Center UCLA.