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The African Studies Center (ASC) sponsors conferences, lectures, exhibits, film series, and cultural performances throughout the year. These events are designed to foster understanding of Africa among members of the U-M community and the public  and to advance the exchange of resources and knowledge between U-M and its partners in Africa.

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EIHS Lecture: Little Ice Age and the Oyo Empire: An Unfinished Process of Recovery in West Africa, ca. 1420-1840

Akinwumi Ogundiran (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
4:00-6:00 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
Format: Registration required for in-person attendance OR streaming via Zoom. Details forthcoming.

Description: This presentation will highlight the crisis and aftermath of the Little Ice Age in West Africa, with emphasis on the ramifications it had for (1) the emergence and decline of the Oyo Empire and (2) the entanglement of the empire and the Bight of Benin in the early modern commercial revolution. The entire history of the Oyo Empire was shaped by the quest to cope with the erratic climatic regime of the Little Ice Age. What were the opportunities and limitations of these coping strategies, what I call the unfinished process of recovery?

Biography: Akin Ogundiran is Chancellor’s Professor and Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Ogundiran’s scholarship has focused primarily on the deep-time cultural history of the Yoruba world, Atlantic Africa, and the African Diaspora. His research has been supported by the National Geographic Society, the American Institute of Archaeology, and the American Philosophical Society, among others. He is also a past fellow of the National Humanities Center. Ogundiran's latest book is The Yoruba: A New History (Indiana University Press, 2020).

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg. Additional support from the African Studies Center.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: africa, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, African Studies Center, Department of History