African Studies Workshop Featuring Brad Weiss


Monday, April 6, 2020, 6:15pm to 8:00pm


Virtual Event

Brad Weiss is Professor of Anthropology at William & Mary, where he has served on the faculty since 1993. He received his doctorate with distinction in Socio-Cultural from the University of Chicago. Weiss’s research projects have included ethnographic studies of both rural and urban Tanzanian communities; archival work on missionization in Tanzania; as well as ethnographic research in the southern United States. Weiss is the author of four books, and the editor of an additional volume. He has served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa (2005-09) and is currently part of the Editorial Collaborative of Cultural Anthropology (2019-22), the journal with the highest of impact factor of all journals among the sections of the American Anthropological Association. Weiss previously served as President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology (2012-13), as well as the Treasurer of the SCA (2006-2010). He has twice been chair of his department at William & Mary. Weiss’s research has focused on theories of value; the constitution of socio-cultural space; and the embodiment of socio-cultural practice. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays; the American Council of Learned Societies; The National Humanities Center; the School of American Research (now School for Advanced Research); and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Weiss has also been awarded Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude for his undergraduate degree; his book, Real Pigs, was awarded the Book Prize for 2016 by the Association for the Study of of Food and Society.

Brad will present The Vision Thing:  An Exploration of Perception, Comparison, and the Ethnographic Method. Discussant: Myriam Amri (Harvard University).

This event will be transitioning to meet online. Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, our upcoming events are subject to change and/or cancellation.  For updates on Harvard's response to the virus visit

A week in advance, the presenter’s paper and call-in information will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the workshop.  After presentation and commentary, Workshop attendees are invited to engage in critique and discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chairs. 

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ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies