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Early Globalisms in Asia and Africa, a talk by Chapurukha Kusimba, 2/19/13

Postcolonial relationships between Asia and Africa have revived interest in understanding early interactions between the two super continents. African domesticates like millet and sorghum were domesticated in Asia as early as the Shang (Yin) times (ca/ 1600-1027 BCE) while Asian domesticates like banana and rice found their way to Africa similarly early. The continuous occurrence of Islamic, Indian, and Chinese material culture in datable archaeological contexts at several key sites in East Africa from the mid-Tang through Qing Dynasties (ca. AD 756-1911) points to long, productive relationship between Asians and Africans. In contemporary times, the People’s Republic of China is a significant partner and friend of the people of Africa. The political economies of China and Africa are presently intertwined to the point where there exists an abundant body of data to warrant scholarly scrutiny. In this presentation, Professor Kusimba provides archaeological evidence for these early globalisms, pointing out their potential for scholarly work and political manipulation.

Chapurukha M. Kusimba is Curator of African Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum and Professor of Anthropology the University of Illinois-Chicago.

This presentation is organized by Geraldine Heng, a current Winton Chair holder.

This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 59.2 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 259.6 MB).

Question and Answer Session

This Q&A is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 25.9 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 142.1 MB).

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