Discussant: Steven Robins (University of Stellenbosch)
Renugan Raidoo is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at Harvard University. His research concerns lifestyle estates in the Gauteng city region, their political economic origins, and their social and spatial consequences. Previous research has focused on secrecy and homophobia in urban Sierra Leone. His dissertation research has been funded by...
Presenting: É Maluqueira!: Thinking Through Madness in the Age of Neoliberalization in Post-War Angola
Discussant: Nana Osei Quarshie (Yale University)
Selina Makana is an Assistant Professor of African history at the University of Memphis. Her research and teaching focus on African women’s social history, gender and militarism, transnational feminisms, and African diaspora studies. Her current monograph uses oral interviews with former women combatants and archival records to probe the relationship between gender...
Monsters, Cyborgs, and Vases: Apparitions of the Yellow Woman
What does it mean to be a human ornament, to be a subject who survives as or through crushing objecthood? What is beauty for the unbeautiful?
This talks takes a series of humanoid objects – monsters, cyborgs, and standing vases – as fulcrums through which to explore how racialized gender, specifically the specter of the yellow woman, animates the designs of futurity and enables the slippage between the human and the inhuman so fundamental to the dream of modernity.
African Studies Workshop Featuring Valentina Fusari Presenting: From Interracial Sexuality to Mixed Kinship in (Post)colonial Eritrea
Discussant: Sebastian Jackson (Harvard University)
Valentina Fusari is currently postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Pavia (Italy). Her research is broadly rooted in demographic anthropology, social history, and colonial demography, and promoted an interdisciplinary perspective. Her research interests include the dynamics of fertility, hidden...