This upcoming lecture series features five experts on the Horn of Africa and its Diaspora communities. All the lectures are free and open to the public thanks to the wonders of ZOOM.

The first session takes place at 12:00 PM on Wednesday January 20th.

Kudos to the UW’s African Studies Program, which put together the series, extending and enriching the University of Washington’s Horn of Africa Initiative  launched last year to promote teaching and research about the Horn.

African Studies Winter 2021 Lecture Series –
Protest, Race and Citizenship across African Worlds

Join us in conversation with emerging scholars tracing Horn of Africa connections to today’s global trends in popular politics, racial formation, and new forms of belonging.




For questions on registration or accessibility, contact or call 206.897.1610

Art credit: “The Other Side” by Yeggy MIchael

Series Overview:

Whose Struggle for What? Sexual Minorities and Social Movements in Africa

January 20, 2021, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

SPEAKER: Serawit Debele, postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany.

Additional co-sponsor: Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies


Reconstruction, Reconsidered: Belonging and Urban Contestation In Mogadishu’s ‘Building Boom’

February 3, 2021, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

SPEAKER: Surer Mohamed, a David and Elaine Potter Cambridge Trust Scholar and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.

Rethinking Israeli Citizenship: The Case of Ethiopian Jews and Their Struggle for Naturalization Between 1955-1975

February 10, 2021, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time

SPEAKER: Efrat Yerday, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Tel Aviv University and the Chairperson of the Association of Ethiopian Jews.

Additional co-sponsor: Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

Policing Somali Refugees: Somali Refugee Resistance to State Violence

March 3, 2021, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

SPEAKER: Mohamed Abumaye, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, San Marcos.



Ethiopia in Theory, Theory as Memoir

March 17, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm Pacific Time

Speaker: Elleni Centime Zeleke, Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University.



This virtual event series is sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and African Studies Program, in partnership with the Center for Global Studies, Comparative History of Ideas and Near Eastern Languages & Civilization at the University of Washington and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Consider giving to the African Studies Program today!

African Studies Program
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-0998