Monday, August 8, 2022

Kwasi Konadu Bright Gyamfi

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Kwasi Konadu is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair and Professor at Colgate University, where he teaches courses in African history and on worldwide African histories and cultures. With extensive archival and field research in West Africa, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean and North America, Konadu's writings focus on African and African diasporic histories, as well as major themes in world history. He is the author of Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation (Duke University Press, 2019), The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics, co-authored by (with Clifford Campbell, Duke University Press, 2016), Transatlantic Africa, 1440-1888 (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Akan Diaspora in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2010), among other books. Bright Gyamfi is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Northwestern University. His research sits at the intersection of West African and African Diaspora intellectual history, nationalism, gender, pan-Africanism, Black internationalism and economic development. Gyamfi's dissertation examines African intellectuals who worked to transform and radicalize the study of Africa in academic and intellectual centers around the Atlantic. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of African American History, African Studies Review, and Africa Is a Country.

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