Presentations

“Contexts for Nollywood Portraits.” Panel presentation, Iké Udé’s Nollywood Portraits: A radical beauty, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, November 2017.http://www.mocp.org/events/event?id=804786

“Transformations in Nollywood and its Diaspora.” Panel presentation, Nollywood Producers Guild USA Inauguration, Queens, October 2016.

“Lagos, Nollywood, and Neoliberal Transformations.” Lagos: From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity conference, Barnard College, New York, May 2016.

Panel chair and respondent, New Directions in Nollywood and Nigerian Cinema conference, Columbia University, New York, April 2016.

“Hostile Takeover? Corporate interventions in Nollywood.” Program of African Studies seminar, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, April 2016.

“Nollywood and Nollywood Studies.” Keynote address, Media Studies in Nigeria: Genesis and Detours Conference, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, November 2015.

Speaker in roundtable, New Media and Literary Initiatives in Africa. African Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2015.

Speaker in workshop, From Satellite to Center: Redressing the marginalization of African media studies. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, March 2015.

Respondent on panel, Nollywood Now: An African industry in transition. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, March 2015.

“The Supernatural in Nollywood Films: Multiple logics.” Second Kwara State University Conference on African Cinema: African Cinema and the Supernatural, Kwara State University, Ilorin, Nigeria, November 2014.

“Mapping Nollywood Film Genres: The village film.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, November 2014.

Respondent on panel, Commerce, Commemoration, and Censorship: Vetting violence in West African screen media. African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, November 2014.

Panelist, Australasian Nollywood Film Festival Forums: Nigerian Movies in the Diaspora, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, October 2014.

“Teaching Cultural Studies: Adventures in globalized media.” Our Mutual Estate Workshops, Long Island University, Brooklyn, May 2014.

“Nollywood: An introduction.” Invited lecture, School of Media Arts and Design, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, March 2014.

Roundtable Co-Chair, “Trash Flows, Trashy Tropes, and New Ways of Reading African Cinema: A discussion of Kenneth Harrow’s Trash: African Cinema from Below.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 2013.

Invited participant, Semaphores and Surfaces: Reading the new African cinemas. Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Exploratory Seminar, Princeton University, Princeton, November 2013.

Invited panelist, Digital Paradox: Piracy, ownership, and the constraints of African screen media workshop. Indiana University, Bloomington, October 2013.

“Nollywood Screenwriting: Notes towards a Literary History.” Keynote address, Society of Nigerian Theatre Artists Conference, Benue State University, Makurdi, June 2013; Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, June 2013.

Panelist, The Nollywood Summit. Nigerian Motion Picture Experts Group, National Theatre, Lagos, June 2013.

“The Foundation of Nollywood: Living in Bondage.” Journée d’étude consacrée au cinéma populaire ghanéen et nigérian, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, May 2013.

“New Nollywood.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 2012.

“Nollywood: Fundamentals of the Nigerian film industry.” Department of Sociology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, November 2012.

Invited panelist, “Nollywood no context do cinema africano” and “Nollywood: discursos e formas estéticas.” Nollywood: O caso do cinema nigeriano, Rio de Janeiro, November 2012.

“Nollywood: Some history.” English Department Colloquium, Long Island University, Brooklyn, September 2012.

Invited speaker, “Conversations in Africana Cinema: Nollywood and beyond.” Africana Film Festival, Brown University, Providence, April 2012.

“Kunle Afolayan and the ‘New Nollywood’: Nationalism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, March 2012.

Invited speaker, Roundtable, Bem-Vindo a Nollywood Film Festival, Saõ Paulo, November 2011.

“Campus Films: A Nigerian film genre.” Invited lead paper, Nollywood in Africa, Africa in Nollywood Conference, Pan-African University, Lagos, July 2011.

“Reading Nollywood: Class character and the campus film.” Keynote address, Reading and Producing Nollywood: An International Symposium, University of Lagos, Lagos, March 2011.

“History, Cyberspace, Borders, and Collective Action: Projects around Nigeria’s film culture.” Invited lead paper, Nollywood: A National Cinema? An International Workshop, Kwara State University, Ilorin, Nigeria, July 2010.

“Nollywood: Fundamentals.” Africa Forum, Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University, November 2009; Ramapo College, Mahway, NJ, May 2010.

Invited speaker, Roundtable, La industria cinematográfica en Nigeria: Nollywood. Cines del Sur Film Festival, Granada, June 2009.

“The Nollywood Diaspora: A Nigerian video genre.” Africa in the New World Series, English and History Departments, Tufts University, Medford, February 2010; Culture and Communication Departmental Graduate Colloquium Series, Drexel University, Philadelphia, May 2009; and Nollywood and Beyond: Transnational dimension of the African video industry conference, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, May 2009.

Moderator, Roundtable: “The Nollywood Debate: Government and the development of Africa’s indigenous popular cinema.” Nollywood and Beyond: Transnational dimensions of the African video industry conference, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, May 2009.

“On Location: Settings and soundtracks.” Nollywood: Challenges of production, entertainment value and international marketing strategies workshop, Pan-African University, Lagos, July 2008.

“Ojaide’s Political Imagination: The Tale of the Harmattan.” Invited speaker and chair of panel, “Is Oil the Problem?: Nigerian writers, oil and the literary traditions in the Niger Delta.” Tanure Ojaide: Oil and literature in the Niger Delta: Second International Conference, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria, July 2008.

“What is to be Done? Film studies and Nigerian and Ghanaian videos.” African Film: an International Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, November 2007.

Moderator of panel, “Digital Video and Beyond: New technologies and innovation in Nollywood/African cinema,” Nollywood Foundation Convention 2006, Los Angeles, June 2006.

“Cultural Epic: A Nigerian video genre.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2005. Chair of panel, “Film, Music, and Cartoons: Providing and negotiating images of society, past and present.”

“’I Was Born at the Right Time’: Ojaide’s autobiography.” Invited speaker, Ojaide International Conference, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria, July 2005.

“Nollywood and Video Production Elsewhere in Africa.” Invited speaker, Access Nollywood: Origins, directions and developments in contemporary Nigerian cinema convention, Los Angeles, June 2005.

“Nollywood: Video boom in Nigeria.” Invited speaker, Roundtable, 15th Festival Cinema Africano d’Asia e America Latina, Milan, March 2005.

“The Occult in Nigerian Video Films.” Institute of Ethnology, Free University, Berlin, November 2004.

“Witchcraft and Melodrama in Nigerian and Ghanaian Video Films,” “Politics and the Supernatural I: Yoruba video films,” and “Politics and the Supernatural II: Igbo video films.” Collaborative Research Center on Media and Cultural Communication, University of Cologne, November 2004.

“Witchcraft and Politics in Nigerian Video Films.” Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, New York, November 2003.

“Genre in Nigerian and Ghanaian Video Films.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2003.

“Nigerian and Ghanaian Video Films.” Center for Contemporary African Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, April 2003.

“Africans Abroad: A Theme in African film and video.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., December 2002.

“Africans Abroad: A Theme in Ghanaian video films.” Department of Theatre Arts, University of Calabar, Nigeria, June 2002.

“Political Critique in Nigerian Video Films.” Modes of Seeing and the Video Film in Africa Workshop, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, June 2001.

“Money Rituals in Nigerian Video Films.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 1999. Chair of panel, “Questions of Identity and Modernity in African Cinema and Video Films.”

“Mobilizing Yoruba Popular Culture: Babangida Must Go.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, October 1998. Chair and organizer of panel, “Politics of the Cassette Revolution.”

“Africa and the Globalization of Media.” Center for Racial and Cultural Diversity, Southampton College, Southampton NY, October 1998.

“Nigerian Videos: An African popular art.” Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, April 1998.

“Syncretism and the Popular Arts: Nigerian video melodramas.” African Literature Association Conference, Austin, March 1998.

“The Liberal Arts in Africa: The Crisis of the Nigerian universities.” Middlebury College, Middlebury VT, March 1998.

“Contradictions of Critical Production and the African Public Sphere.” Premier Circle, Ibadan, September 1997.

“Devaluation and the Video Boom: Economics and thematics.” Workshop on Devaluation and the Popular Economy 1986-1996, Development Policy Center, Ibadan, August 1997.

Co-organizer and panelist, Workshop on Postmodernism and Postcolonialism. Department of History, University of Ibadan, May 1997.
“African Film and the U.S. Market.” Nigerian Film and Video Workshop, Kaduna, Nigeria, April 1997.

“Nigerian Video Films: A Critical agenda.” Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Students Association Symposium, University of Ibadan, March 1997.

“Evolving Popular Media: Nigerian home videos.” Association of Communication and Language Arts Students guest lecture, University of Ibadan, January 1997.

“Funding African Film.” New York African Studies Association Conference, Dobbs Ferry NY, April 1996.

“Diop Mambety’s Post-colonialism.” African Literature Association Conference, Stony Brook NY, March 1996.

“African Filmmaking and the Post-colonial Predicament.” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Orlando FL, November 1995. Chair of session, “African Filmmaking and the Post-colonial Predicament.” Also presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, December 1995.

“Popular Nigerian Cinema.” African Studies Institute, Columbia University, New York, November 1995.

“Structural Adjustments of Nigerian Comedy: Baba Sala.” Conference on Media, Popular Culture, and “The Public” in Africa, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, Evanston and Chicago, April 1994.

“African and American Literatures Compared.” English Literary Association, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, October 1992.

“Cinema and Social Change in Africa: Political and culturalist tendencies.” University of Calabar International Conference on African Literature, Calabar, Nigeria, May 1992.

“Contemporary Politics of Multiculturalism in American Universities.” American Studies Association of Nigeria Conference, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, February 1992.

“The Salman Rushdie Affair.” Panelist, Bennington College, Bennington VT, April 1989.

“Bob Marley and the Politics of Culture.” Sunday Seminar Series, Bennington College, November 1988.

“Representing the Underworld.” Modern Language Association Convention, New York, December 1986.

Panelist, moderator, and co-organizer. Jim Jarmusch Film Festival, Bennington College, Bennington VT, November 1986.

“Party-going on and off the Elizabethan Stage.” Peking University, Beijing, May 1985.

“The Elizabethan Audience on Stage.” Themes in Drama Conference, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, February 1985.

“Jonson’s Realism and Social Behavior.” Modern Language Association Convention, New York, December 1983. Chair and organizer of Special Session: “Drama and Society in the Age of Jonson.”

Session chair and respondent, “Theories of the Novel.” Conference on Mikhail Bakhtin: His Circle, His Influence, Queen’s University, Ontario, October 1983.

“Two Seventeenth Century Views of the Middle East.” Alif Lecture Series, American University in Cairo, Cairo, February 1982.