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ECAS 2019. Africa: Connections and Disruptions Edinburgh, June 11-14 2019
ECAS2019 Africa: Connections and Disruptions - the cultural programme
Last Friday we emailed you about the diverse cultural programme. Sadly the analytics/tracking in our mailing software messed up the links, so this is a re-send where clicking on the specific links will now take you to the specific/relevant info. Sorry!
Step out to see Edinburgh: we have running tours specially organised for our conference taking place Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri mornings. We have Black History Walking tours taking place Wed-Fri mornings, and Wed/Thu afternoons. These tours need prior booking.

Films: the Africa in Motion Film festival presents three films during the conference. Everything Must Fall takes a look at the #FeesMustFall student movement in South Africa – with the Director, Rehad Desai present for the Q&A.

Rafiki is a romance set in Nairobi by Kenyan Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers.

Or close your week with Frontières, a female road movie by award-winning Burkinabe director Apolline Traoré.

Fiction: we’ve a special reading by Zimbabwean and local author, Tendai Huchu, reading from his book, The maestro, the magistrate and the mathematician

Music and dance: the Ha Orchestra, the first professional African Symphonic Orchestra in Europe, will be playing three concerts (Wed lunch, Thu eve, Fri eve) and conducting a lunchtime workshop (Thu).
There’ll also be a workshop by Alla Leake (one of the opening night bands) involving film and music on Thu lunchtime.

All delegates are invited to attend the opening night party, where we’ll have two bands and a DJ. Sponsored by the local Holyrood distillery, there’ll also be some interesting gin to sample.

Publishing: if you are interested in the latest scholarship published in the field of African studies, then there are book launches from IAI Wed and Thu (new titles on southern Africa), James Currey (General Labour History of Africa), Lit Verlag (the Acholi and Sahel in crisis), Walter de Gruyter (South African Labour movements), Uni of Wisconsin (Silenced Resistance).

If it’s writing rather than reading you’re after, then consider one or more of three workshops put together by a group of editors: Publish that Article / Pitch that Article / Work with journals.

Exhibitions and archives: there will be several exhibitions running through the week. There’s the Global Justice Academy photography competition exhibiting alongside the Book Exhibit and tea/coffee in McEwan foyers.  There’s Contemporary Voices in Printed Textile, exhibiting alongside the Book Exhibit and tea/coffee in Appleton Tower Concourse. The curators of this exhibition will give a talk there, on Friday lunchtime

Elsewhere, there’s the UncoverED in the foyer of the Chrystal MacMillan Building, and The Art of African Metalwork in the National Museum of Scotland.  All these are described here.

Furthermore there will be two workshops on the University’s African Archives.  These must be booked in advance, and can take just 15 people. They are Thursday morning and afternoon.

As you can see, there's something for everyone. All of this is woven into the full timetable, which has been updated in terms of content, aesthetic and functionality. Our next email will focus on the academic panels and keynotes.