African Studies Workshop Featuring Donald Donham


Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Center for African Studies Lounge - 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

Donald Donham is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.  He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1979 and has carried out field research in Ethiopia, South Africa, and most recently, Atlantic West Africa.  He is currently beginning a project on the history of social and cultural anthropology. Professor Donham's principal focus of interest has been understanding forms of power as these changes and the ways that economic systems intertwine with cultural forms. He is particularly interested in historical methodology as it applies to ethnography; Marxism and post-Marxism; narrative as social theory; the interpretation of violence; the history of cultural anthropology; and the ways that sexuality, gender, and class interact in transcultural settings. He will present The Erotics of Capitalism: An Atlantic African Example. Discussant: Casey Golomski


A week in advance, the presenter’s paper 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.

ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies