African Studies Workshop

2020 Apr 27

African Studies Workshop Featuring Nancy Rose Hunt

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Virtual Event

Nancy Rose Hunt, Professor of History & African Studies at the University of Florida since 2016, is undertaking new research on psychiatry and mental health in Africa, with a focus on diagnostic categories and care in zones of war, migratory politics, and securitization.  She will present on Veins of Madness in a Turbulent Congolese Border City. Discussant: Byron Good (Harvard University).

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2020 Apr 20

CANCELLED - African Studies Workshop Featuring Hannah Appel

6:15pm to 8:00pm

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Virtual Event

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Hannah Appel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies at UCLA, where she also serves as Associate Faculty Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy. She will present The Licit Life of Capitalism: U.S. Oil in Equatorial Guinea. Discussant: Caroline Filice Smith (Harvard University).

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2020 Apr 13

African Studies Workshop Featuring Eugene Richardson

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Virtual Event

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Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD. is a physician-anthropologist based at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as the clinical lead for Partners In Health’s (PIH) Ebola response in Kono District, Sierra Leone, where he continues to conduct research on the social epidemiology of Ebola virus disease.  He will be presenting two...

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2020 Apr 06

African Studies Workshop Featuring Brad Weiss

6:15pm to 8:00pm

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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...

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2020 Mar 30

CANCELLED - African Studies Workshop Featuring Rebecca Tapscott

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Rebecca Tapscott is an Ambizione Research Fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and a visiting fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include political violence, security, and authoritarianism; gender—particularly masculinities—and the state; and institutions of ethical review as they pertain to knowledge production and global governance. She will present Arbitrary governance in modern authoritarian regimes: Informal security and social control in Uganda. Discussant: Daniel Agbiboa (...

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2020 Mar 23

African Studies Workshop Featuring Ramah Mckay

6:15pm to 8:00pm

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Virtual Event - Details Below

Ramah Mckay is assistant professor in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Mozambique, India, and the US. She is the author of Medicine in the Meantime: The work of care in Mozambique (2018). She will present Local pharmaceuticals? Race, regulation, and medical industry in more-than-global medicine. Discussant: Annikki Herranen-Tabibi (Harvard University).

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2020 Mar 09

CANCELLED - African Studies Workshop Featuring Brittany Meché

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Regrettably, this evening's African Studies Workshop is cancelled. The students enrolled in the noon class are still expected to attend.

Brittany Meché is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. She also currently serves as the Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Environmental Studies at Williams College. She will present Light Touch: Surveillance, Intelligence, and Spectatorship in the Sahel. Discussant: Paul Clark (Harvard University).

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2020 Mar 02

African Studies Workshop Featuring Daniel Magaziner

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Dan Magaziner  a Professor of History at Yale University. He is a historian of 20th century Africa. He received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and taught at Cornell University before coming to Yale in 2011. He will present Available Light: Intimacy and Media, Apartheid and AfterDiscussant: Panashe Chigumadzi (Harvard University).

A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the ...

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2020 Feb 24

African Studies Workshop Featuring Lys Alcayna-Stevens

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Lys Alcayna-Stevens is a Fellow in the Department of Anthropoloy at Harvard University. Previously, she was a post-doc researcher in socio-cultural anthropology at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale (Collège de France) and Institut Pasteur, Paris. She will present Ebola Business: Surfeit and suffering in the Democratic Republic of CongoDiscussant: Eugene Richardson (Harvard Medical School).

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2020 Feb 10

African Studies Workshop Featuring Daniel Agbiboa

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

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Daniel E. Agbiboa is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He earned a PhD in International Development from the University of Oxford and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. He will present Crisis as Context: Transport, Labor and Predatory Politics in Lagos, Nigeria. Discussant: Parker Shipton...

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2020 Feb 03

African Studies Workshop Featuring George Paul Meiu

6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Lower Level Library, Robinson Hall 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

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George Paul Meiu is John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on sexuality, gender, and kinship; belonging, citizenship and the state; race and ethnicity; and the political economy of postcolonial Africa. He will present...

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2019 Apr 22

African Studies Workshop featuring Robert Blunt

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Robert Blunt is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College in Religious Studies, an MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, an MA in the Social Sciences and a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Rob’s research and teaching have focused on the historical relationships between religion, ritual, and political economy in colonial and postcolonial Kenya. His work reflects general concerns for tracing on the ground shifts...

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2019 Apr 15

African Studies Workshop featuring Jonny Steinberg

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Jonny Steinberg is Professor of African Studies at Oxford and is currently Visiting Professor in African Politics at Yale. Among his books are The Number, a history of crime and punishment in South Africa, and A Man of Good Hope, which explores migration and nativism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Steinberg was an inaugural winner of the Windham Campbell Literature Prizes awarded by Yale University and was twice the recipient of South Africa's premier literary award, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize. He is currently working on a social history of South Africa's transition to...

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2019 Apr 08

African Studies Workshop featuring Robert Lorway

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Robert Lorway is Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Centre for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Intervention Politics and Social Transformation. His research analyzes how forms of intervention life unfurl around transnationally-mediated attempts to alleviate the suffering of stigmatized people. He has written two books on the subject, Namibia’s Rainbow Project: Gay Rights in an African Nation, and AIDS Activism, Science and Community across Three Continents. In his current book...

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2019 Apr 01

African Studies Workshop featuring Youssef Carter

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

Youssef Carter is a College Fellow in the departments of Anthropology and African & African-American Studies at Harvard University. Prior to coming to Harvard as a visiting faculty member, he was a Research Fellow for the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Visiting Scholar in the department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

His forthcoming manuscript explores the healing practices, migrations, and exchanges that define the Mustafawi Tariqa of the United States, Spain, and Senegal. Through extensive...

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