ASAUK@50 events this week: 23rd & 24th October 2013, University of London and The British Museum

asauk_at_50_small

 Wednesday, 23 October, 6:30-8PM |Kings College, London 
Mary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture – Adapting to climate change: Coping with the effects of weather changes in rural Sierra Leone, by Dr Kabba S. Bangura, Department of Geography, University of Sierra Leone 

Thursday, 24 October, 2-4PM |British Museum
Sash of Fulfilment – Film, performance and discussion with artist Leo Asemota and British Museum Africa Galleries curator Chris Spring

_1page-divider

SIERRA LEONEMary Kingsley Zochonis Lecture – Adapting to climate change: Coping with the effects of weather changes in rural Sierra Leone, by Dr Kabba S. Bangura, Department of Geography, University of Sierra Leone 

Global climate change is often manifested in severe weather events which can affect rich and poor alike. However, the capacity for poor countries and communities to cope with these impacts is often weak and represents a significant development concern. The post-conflict West African nation of Sierra Leone is no exception. Rural areas in Sierra Leone are often characterised by vulnerable communities with insecure livelihoods that can be seriously damaged by severe weather events. Following an overview of some key issues relating to climate change in West Africa, the lecture then explores the experiences of rural people and identifies impacts and coping mechanisms used in response to these changes. The field based research on which this lecture is based adopted facilitated group discussion methodologies involving 250 participants drawn from five rural settlements in Kambia and Kono Districts of Sierra Leone. In the context of enhancing the future sustainability of rural livelihoods, the lecture identifies a number of policy recommendations including the provision of external support, enforcing land tenure arrangements, strengthening rural people’s resilience, and encouraging collective and adaptive environmental management practices.

Date & Time:  Wednesday, 23 October, 6:30-8PM

Place: Kings College, S8 Open Space (History Department), Strand Building, Strand, London WC2R 2LS*
*Visitors should enter the King’s college reception and take the lift to the 7th floor – for disabled access please ask at reception

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Register on the website here.

_1page-divider

Leo Asemota, 'The long March of Displacement'  (performance view)  2008. Courtesy Leo Asemota EotLA, tate.org.

Leo Asemota, ‘The long March of Displacement’ (performance view) 2008. Courtesy Leo Asemota EotLA, tate.org.

Sash of Fulfilment

Film, performance and discussion with artist Leo Asemota and British Museum Africa Galleries curator Chris Spring. This event explores key themes in ‘The Ens Project’ an on-going multiphase work of artist Leo Asemota for whom 1897 is a crucial year, being both a high water mark of the pomp of Empire as witnessed in Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations, and the year in which the pre-colonial Kingdom of Benin was razed by the British and the ‘Benin bronzes’ were taken and dispersed around the world – many are now housed in the British Museum collection. The discussion will begin with a screening of films from Asemota’s live art works in the Tanks at Tate Modern (2012) and St. Paul’s Cathedral (2008), followed by a procession of characters from the performances draped in the ‘Sash of Fulfilment’ marking the end of their involvement in Asemota’s project.

Leo Asemota is a London based Nigerian born artist. A survey of The Ens Project’s First Principles was presented at New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2011). Exhibitions of different stages in the project include The Handmaiden Part 2 at Centrum Beeldeende Kunst, Amsterdam (2010); The Handmaiden Part 1 at Metal, Liverpool (2010); ens memoralis a live art work at National Portrait Gallery, London (2008) as well as in the group shows One’s History is Another’s Misery at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2009) and Autocenter Berlin (2009) and Emerging Discourses: Performance and Mimicry at Bodhi Art, New York (2008)

Date & Time:  Thursday, 24 October, 2-4PM

Place: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B

This event will be free and open to both members of ASAUK/RAS and the public. Tickets must be obtained in advance from the British Museum website or by telephone

_1page-divider

Plus: Drinks reception with African music for ASAUK/RAS members and invited guests.
Thursday 24th of October, 2013, 6:30-9PM
Venue: October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester St. London, WC1N 3AL

Registration: Please RSVP to ras@soas.ac.uk, quoting ‘ASAUK 50th Anniversary Reception’ in the subject line.

_1page-divider

See more at: http://www.royalafricansociety.org/event/asauk-50th-anniversary-events-23-24th-october-2013-university-london-0



Categories: Academic Research, Art and Artists, Events

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

join the discussion:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: