Forthcoming Lecture

Please join the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism on 4 March at 18:30 for the Obi Igwara Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture will be given by Dr. Heike I. Schmidt (University of Reading). Her lecture is entitled ‘Nationalism in Africa: Aspiration, Self-Improvement and Belonging’. The lecture will be chaired by Dr. Michael Amoah (SOAS) and will be in room 5.02, Clement House, LSE. The Obi Igawara Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2004 by ASEN as an occasion to remember Dr Obi Igwara, one of the founders of ASEN, and of its journal, Nations and Nationalism. Obi was born in Nigeria in 1955. She did her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Sociology, LSE. Her thesis was on the role of religious identification in contemporary Nigeria. She was killed in a car accident while on a visit to Nigeria in April 2002. She was a devout Catholic and gifted with a tremendously charismatic and radiant personality. She had a fearlessly critical mind and her entrepreneurship and dynamism were like the forces of nature.

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