Announcing “Contemporary Griot” Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pablo Idahosa

"Contemporary Griot" Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pablo Idahosa

“Contemporary Griot” Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pablo Idahosa

For our 2013 Performing Diaspora kick off event, a film series titled “Contemporary Griot,” we will be joined by Dr. Pablo Idahosa as our keynote speaker.

Dr. Idahosa, professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Coordinator of the African Studies Program at York University, is the author of The Populist Dimension of African Political Thought: Essays in Reconstruction and Retrieval and co-editor of Development’s Displacements: Ecologies, Economies and Cultures at Risk. Dr. Idahosa’s research interests include, but are not limited to, the relationship between development and modernity in Africa, the relationship between development and cultural production in Africa, ethnicity and displacement in the Niger Delta, and the politics of ethnicity, globalization and development.

Dr. Idahosa’s talk will follow a presentation and panel discussion of “In Between Stories,” a short documentary directed by Roda Siad that features four African Canadian artists from Toronto who navigate through the different narratives that make up their lives and share what it means to be a young African in today’s society. The documentary touches on the issues of media representations of Africa, the experiences of second-generation immigrant youth in Toronto, and the role of storytelling.

Following Dr. Idahosa’s talk will be a series of performances featuring Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter Kae Sun ( and gutarist Jeff Gunn, as well as Kenyan and Sudanese-Canadian spoken word artist Yusra Khogali (

The event will take place on Monday February 4th from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm in the Founders College Assembly Hall at York University.

For those visiting us from off campus, please see our “directions” tab for campus maps and travel details on how to get to York University by public and personal transit.


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