African Studies Workshop Featuring Fiori Berhane


Monday, April 25, 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Virtual Event


Presenting: Imagining the Euro-African Mediterranean: Eritrean Counter-Discourses to EU Human Smuggling and Trafficking Rhetoric.

Fiori Berhane Profile Photo

Fiori Berhane is an Assistant Professor in anthropology at the University of Southern California.

She is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests span global Black studies, critical refugee and border studies, and the anthropology of Europe. Her current book project, Prisoners of Our Dreams, argues that the substance of current debates amongst Eritrean refugees of disparate political generations hinges upon an aborted or incomplete decolonization from Italian colonial rule, and that these discourses impact upon how the migration crisis in Europe is imagined and in turn what potential solutions could be enacted. Her work has been featured in Anthropology Now, Africa is a Country and Lavoro Culturale and has been supported by the Wenner Gren foundation, the Fulbright IIE and the American Academy in Rome. 


Discussant: Michael Ralph (NYU)




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. 

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ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies