2012 Scholar: Professor Jonathon Glassman

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Amado Recital Room, Houston Hall

Event Schedule:

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Graduate Student Welcome & Meet and Greet over Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 AM
Roundtable Workshop: closed door workshop for senior graduate students on their dissertation projects and proposals

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:05 PM
Welcome Remarks & Introductions by Lee Cassanelli, Director of Africa Center

1:05 – 2:00 PM
Jonathon Glassman's Keynote Address:
"Creole Identity and the Search for Nativist Authenticity in Twentieth-Century Zanzibar: The Limits of Cosmopolitanism"

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Panel 1: "Race and Slavery" with faculty moderator Eve Troutt Powell (History)

3:00 – 3:10 PM

3:10 – 4:10 PM
Panel 2: "Of Rumor and Revolution" with faculty moderator Cheikh Babou (History)

4:10 – 4:20 PM

4:20 – 5:20 PM
Panel 3: "Theory and Methods" with faculty moderator Steven Feierman (History, History and Sociology of Science)


Jonathon Glassman (PhD Wisconsin, 1988) specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century East Africa and in comparative race and slavery. His first book, Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888, won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. His next book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar, combines intellectual and social history by tracing the emergence of racial discourse in modern East Africa and the ground-level processes by which that discourse became transformed into popular violence. Glassman's awards have included a Guggenheim, two Fulbrights, two fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, and a membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies.