Bayo Holsey to speak on “Enacting Africa: Neoliberalism and Politics of Global Presence”

Join us Wednesday, Oct 12 for the next Africa at Noon, featuring our second event around our theme of “Pleasure.”

Noon, 206 Ingra­ham Hall

We welcome Assistant Professor Bayo Holsey, visiting us from the Department of History at Rutgers University.



The talk explores popular contemporary accounts about American travelers to West Africa. In it, Holsey considers what the hypervisibility of certain African sites within American popular culture means for Western understandings of the continent. What are the genealogies and effects of using Africa as a stage for performances of American identities, both black and white? What pleasures do these performances provide? And how do they reflect and reinforce neoliberalism?