My project primarily centers on the oral narrative of the House of Israel (Ghana) and how their faith identity is constructed through knowledge of oral histories, performative/ritual memory, and encounters with normative Judaism. I seek to historicize the oral narrative through archival record, practical memory, and via sites of memory (archaeological and abstract). Additionally, I am interested in how ideological trends concerning Hebraic heritage (may have) influenced the narrative of this community.
Subfield: African History
Research Interests: African History, Jewish History, Memory Studies, Identity Studies, Race Politics, and Material Culture
Fields of Study
African History | Research Interests: African History, Jewish History, Memory Studies, Identity Studies, Race Politics, and Material Culture
Edith Bruder and Tudor Parfitt. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
Grants and Awards
UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship, Academic Year 2016-17, University of California, Los Angeles
Department of History Research Travel Stipend, Summer 2016, University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, Summers 2015 and 2016, University of California, Los Angeles
Moroccan Studies Research Grant, Summer 2015, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)
Benjamin Nickoll Student Support Fund, Summer 2015,University of California, Los Angeles
Title VI, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Summer 2010 and Academic Year 2010-11, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) Travel Award, Fall 2010, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Jewish Studies Student Conference Fund, Fall 2010, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
College of Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, 2010-11,Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- African Studies Association, December 2016
- Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
- Paper Title: "Jews of a Saharan Imagination: Reversing the Historical Oversight of Jewish Communities in West Africa"
- Jews in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa, August 2016
- Hosted by University of Cape Town and Bar-Ilan University
- African Jewish Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
- Paper Title: "The House of Israel (Ghana): Precolonial Memories, Colonial Amnesia and Post-Colonial Realities"
- Jews and Color Symposium, January 2016
- Hosted by Florida International University Global Jewish Studies Program and Tel Aviv University
- Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Miami, Florida
- Paper title: “The ‘Other’ Face of Judaism: Recognizing Caricaturizations and Perceived Identites of the Black Jew”
- International Society for the Study of African Jewry (ISSAJ) Conference, November 2015
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France
- Paper title: “Shedding the Cloak of Invisibility: the (Re)Emergence of Jewish West Africa”
- Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Annual Conference, October 2015
- Key Bridge Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Washington, D.C.
- Paper title: “Beyond the Saharan Cloak: Uncovering Jewish Identity from Southern Morocco and Throughout the Sahara”
- International Society for the Study of African Jewry (ISSAJ) Conference, October 2010
- University of London School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK
- Paper title: “West African Jewries”
- African Studies Tuesday Noon Talk Series, October 2010
- Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- Paper title: “The Peripheries of the Jewish Diaspora: Establishing Heritage and Identity amongst West African Jewries”
Dr. Ghislaine Lydon
MA African Studies, Indiana University (2011)
BA History, University of Oklahoma (2007)