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Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS)

Spring 2005 SERSAS Conference
15 - 16 April 2005

Norfolk State University
NSU Main campus
JMH Lecture (Madison Hall) Room 156 (auditorium)
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Maps and Directions:

Welcome and Reception

Friday, April 15, 2005
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Madison Hall, Room 156 (auditorium)
Norfolk State University

Conference Program: Panels and Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, April 16, 2005
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Madison Hall, Room 156 (auditorium)
Norfolk State University

(Presenters: Please send an electronic copy of your paper to your chair/discussant and
Kenneth Wilburn (email: as soon as possible before the conference.)

8:30 - 8:55: Coffee and donuts

8:55 - 9:00: Welcome:

Nonso Okereafoezeke, NSU Faculty & SERSAS Coordinator
Bernadette Holmes, Director, CJ Graduate Program, NSU
Judi Caron-Sheppard, Chair, Sociology Department, NSU

9:10 - 10:50: PANEL I: "Managing the Foundational Dislocations in a Postcolonial State," Nonso Okereafoezeke, Panel Chair and Discussant, Norfolk State University (email:

  1. Geoffrey I. Nwaka, Abia State University: "Ethnic Relations and Conflict Management in Nigeria" [Did not present]
  2. Moses Ebe Ochonu, Vanderbilt University: "Articulation, Dissemination, and Implications of the Hausa Imaginary in Colonial Northern Nigeria"
  3. Mueni Wa Muiu and Guy Martin, Winston-Salem State University: "Fundi Wa Africa: Toward a New Paradigm of the African State"
  4. Mueni Wa Muiu, Winston-Salem State University: "Africa's Straightjacket Independence: Which Way Out?"
10:50 - 11:05: Break

11:05 - 12:45: PANEL II: "State Policies, Enforcement, and Strategies of Adaptation and Resistance," Mario Azevedo, Panel Chair and Discussant, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (e-mail:

  1. Gary Thomas Burgess, Hampton University: "Bodies of Evidence: Halaiki Spectacles in Revolutionary Zanzibar"
  2. Guy Martin, Winston-Salem University, NC: "The Congo War in Historical Perspective"
  3. Robert Trent Vinson, Washington University in St. Louis: "Providential Design: 'American Negroes' and Garveyism in South Africa"
  4. Natasha Fedyszyn-Carr, Norfolk State University: "United States Child Welfare Policy and Enforcement Across Cultural Groups"
12:45 - 1:45: Lunch, SERSAS Business Meeting, and Coordinators' Report

1:45 - 2:00: Break

2:00 - 3:30: PANEL III: "Globalization, Agriculture, and the African Image to the World," Nyaga Mwaniki, Panel Chair and Discussant, Western Carolina University (e-mail:

  1. Nneka Nora Osakwe, Albany State University: "Narratives of Women From Pre-colonial Africa: A Project Report"
  2. Pauline Dibi Kangah, Columbia University: "Rainfall and Agriculture in Central West Africa Since 1930" [Did not present]
  3. Chimalum Nwankwo, North Carolina State University: "Globalization, Literature, and Languages"
  4. Ngeta Kabiri, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: "Wildlife Utilization in Kenya: Does Tanzania Pose a Crisis?"
3:30: Concluding Remarks by Coordinators, SERSAS Sponsors, and Members

SERSAS takes great pride in providing a friendly and colleagial atmosphere which facilitates the open exchange of scholarly perspectives. Faculty are encouraged to bring graduate and undergraduate students as a means of introducing them to the workings of an academic conference.

For more information contact

Nonso Okereafoezeke, Ph.D, Esq.
Law~~~Criminal Justice~~~Criminology
Assoc. Prof., Criminal Justice Graduate Program
Department of Sociology, Norfolk State University
Norfolk, Virginia 23504, U. S. A.
Phone: 757 823 8852
Fax: 757 823 8167

Mario Azevedo, Ph.D., MPH, Chair and Frank Porter Graham Professor
Department of African-American and African Studies
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223
Phone: 704-687-2355
Fax: 704-687-3888

Aran S. MacKinnon, Ph.D.
Department of History
State University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia 30118
Phone: 770-836-4554

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First Online Edition: 2 April 2005
Last Revised: 24 April 2005