African Studies Workshop Featuring Marwa Ghazali


Monday, February 7, 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Virtual Event

Presenting: City of Living-Death: Necropolitics, Urban Development, and Social Transformation in an Egyptian Cemetery

Marwa Ghazali Profile Photo


Marwa Ghazali is the 2021-2022: Genevieve McMillan-Reba Stewart Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Central Washington University. Dr. Ghazali is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interdisciplinary training in African Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Human Biology. Her work combines longitudinal multi-sited ethnography with historical and archival research to examine the intersections of violence, displacement, transnational migration, trauma, subjectivity, health, and social movements in African and African-descended Muslim communities. During her fellowship at the Hutchins Center, she is working on her book project entitled, “City of Living-Death: Necropolitics, Urban Development, and Social Transformation in an Egyptian Cemetery.” Her current research explores transnational experiences of racism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia, policing, trauma, and social solidarities among African and African-descended Muslims. She has published her work in journals such as City & Society and in volumes including Medical Anthropology in Global Africa and Bodies and Culture. Dr. Ghazali has served as ethnographic research coordinator at the Kansas African Studies Center and is currently an editorial board member for the Sage Handbook of Cultural Anthropology and an executive board member at the Uplift Institute.

Discussant: Aalyia Sadruddin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


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