In the first of a series of interviews hosted by Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting’s (ZAMM) new Zombie History show, Dr. Mzilikazi Koné of College of the Desert, and Dr Elizabeth Grumbach of Arizona State University, speaks with the Director of the African History Project, Apeike Umolu. The conversation will seek to understand zombification through the lens of the Black experience.
The discussion will take place online on Wednesday 20th September, 2021. ZAMM is a Arizona State University project. Defining zombies as ‘an entity that is fully or partially under the control of another entity’, ZAMM seeks to understand this‘ host-parasite’ interaction and how it can lead to unanticipated biological, technological and social consequences.
The first episode of Zombie History aims to understand the relationship between zombification and the psychological effects of enslavement and colonisation on the African mind. By considering this relationship, the conversation will explore whether African spirituality and consciousness-based liberation theories such as Biko’s Black Consciousness and Blyden’s African personality provided solutions to counter the effects of enslavement on the mental state of the ‘then-colonised’, and the repercussions of such ideas today among the Pan-African Community.
Umolu is excited to join this conversation saying, ‘I am particularly intrigued by the connections the ZAMM universe makes between psychological and physiological restriction, the idea that, as a disease can attack the body, an idea can attack the mind’. For Umolu, ‘we need to move away from classifying phenomena based on the nature of the triggering agents and the hosting substrates, material and immaterial, but instead focus on the end result – the loss of human agency as this will allow us to propose solutions that get to the crux of the problems’.
Dr. Mzilikazi Koné is a Political Science Professor at College of the Desert and works with an amazing team of science, film, art, and zombie enthusiasts at Arizona State University. She is passionate about empowerment through education and the arts and her interests include the cross-disciplinary study of race, ethnicity and politics, women’s groups, community and political organizing, sex education and empowerment.
Dr. Elizabeth Grumbach is the Program Manager for Digital Humanities and Research at the Arizona State University’s Lincoln Center Applied Ethics.
Umolu and the AHP team are thrilled to be attending this conversation.
To watch the broadcast, please click here
About the African History Project
The African History Project is a specialist liberal arts school of Black history, political thought and culture. Our world-class programme includes public lectures, workshops, short courses and foundation certificates in all aspects of Black political and intellectual history and thought. Through this innovative programming that seeks to centre the Black experience, we aim to inspire students, spark debate and champion Black history.
We work with historians, educators, writers, poets and artists based across the world. Drawing on our shared expertise, our courses allow students to understand more about Africa, her ideas, her politics, her religions and above all her people, both on the continent and in the diaspora.
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