SC State University’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Culminates with History Professor

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CEHSS) Interdisciplinary Research Committee at SC State University will culminate the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series for the Spring 2012 semester on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at noon in Staley Hall Auditorium.

The series was launched in Spring 2008 to introduce faculty to the work currently conducted within the CEHSS and with external partners, in addition to encouraging collaborative research projects between disciplines.

Dr. Dior Konaté, assistant professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences at SC State University, will serve as guest speaker.  Konaté’s topic will be: “The Firing Squad and the Guillotine’: Crime, Capital Punishment, and Execution in Senegal, 1892-1960.”

Konaté will discuss her study which examines the history of the death penalty in colonial Senegal by shedding light on the extent to which it was used to mete out punishment and also to maintain law, order, and security.  She will also discuss the colonial attitudes regarding capital punishment.  The overall objective of her discussion is to show the death penalty as a strategic site to study colonial repression.

Konaté received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in African History from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal and her Ph.D. in African History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Konaté began her teaching career at SC State University in 2006. She teaches African History and World History courses and has written on issues of imprisonment and criminality in colonial and post-colonial Senegal, female juvenile delinquency, women and prisons in Senegal and on women and politics in Africa. She is the author of several publications including: “Penal Architecture: An Essay on Prison Designs in Colonial Senegal” in Fassil Demissie (ed), Colonial Architecture and Urbanism in Africa (Ashgate, 2012); “Women, Clothing, and Politics in Senegal in the 1940s-1950s,” in Beth F. Tobin and Maureen D. Goggin (Eds), Material Women, 1750s-1950s. Consuming Desires and Collecting Practices, (Ashgate, 2009); “On Colonial Laws and the Treatment of Young Female Delinquents in Senegal: The Case of Léonie Guèye,” in Stichproben-Vienna Journal of African Studies, 12 (2007).  She has written seven entries on famous Senegalese women in the Dictionary of African Biography edited byHenry L. Gates and Emmanuel Akyeampong (Oxford University Press, 2011).

In 2010, Konaté received a two-week library research fellowship with residency from the African Studies Program at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2011, she received another fellowship to participate in the Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation organized by the Criminal Justice Research Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Konaté’s presentation: “The Firing Squad and the Guillotine” was a research project during the three-week institute. In 2011, Konaté also accepted an Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship from SC State University.

For more information about the Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, contact Mrs. Giselle White-Perry, lecture series coordinator, at (803) 536-8803; or Dr. Janice Hawes, CEHSS interdisciplinary research committee chairperson, at (803) 536-8356.

Certificates of attendance will be provided by the Office of Professional Development and Training. To register, log onto or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.