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PhD Mama Collective Calls for an End to Family Separation and Family Detention

As scholars, mothers, and human beings, we forcefully reject the Trump administration’s recently enacted policy of separating children from their parents as part of their “zero-tolerance policy,” and we condemn in equal measure the recent modification of this policy to permit the indefinite detention of families, including children. Every minute that the several thousands children… Continue reading PhD Mama Collective Calls for an End to Family Separation and Family Detention

Reflections from the African Studies Association (ASA) 2017

I was very excited to attend the African Studies Association (ASA) in Chicago from Nov. 16 – 18 in part because I recently attended the African Studies Association in Africa (ASAA) in Accra in October 2017. I was keen to observe the differences and possible similarities. Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed… Continue reading Reflections from the African Studies Association (ASA) 2017

Shifting Norms of Professionalization in a Nairobi Technology Start-Up Community

I've been a bit behind in updating the blog with some observations from the African Studies Association (ASA) conference that I just attended earlier this month (Nov. 16 - 18). I'm working on a separate post on the conference and will upload shortly... But in the time being, I'd like to share the paper that… Continue reading Shifting Norms of Professionalization in a Nairobi Technology Start-Up Community

Revised HIST290 Reading [more focused!]

While I have been reading quite broadly (as is quite common I think for the orals literatures development process) and generally following this list (though definitely not as closely as I had hoped!), for purposes of completing this quarter with a tangible output, I've decided to narrow in on a particular topic that will enable… Continue reading Revised HIST290 Reading [more focused!]

Refusing to Research: An Alternative Lens on Ethics

Willoughby-Herard (2015) writes about why she decided not to write about and research black South African women (despite attempts by South African archivists to redirect her to write about them). She states: “We do not get to claim space in each other’s histories simply because we want to or because we have been in political… Continue reading Refusing to Research: An Alternative Lens on Ethics

Call for Journal Submissions: Special Issue on “Political Ecologies of the Blue Economy in Africa” (Dec 15, 2017)

The Journal of Political Ecology is seeking contributions for a Special Issue on "Political Ecologies of the Blue Economy in Africa". Describing the potential contribution to human wellbeing provided by seas, oceans and their resources, the ‘blue economy’ and ‘blue growth’ agenda have variously become a guiding frame, policy discourse and set of practices across… Continue reading Call for Journal Submissions: Special Issue on “Political Ecologies of the Blue Economy in Africa” (Dec 15, 2017)

Call for Applications: Social Media Postdoctoral Researcher (Due Dec 1, 2017)

The Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a social media postdoctoral researcher (start date: July, 2018). This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work draws on anthropology, communication, media studies, sociology, and/or science and technology studies to bring empirical and critical perspectives to complex socio-technical issues.… Continue reading Call for Applications: Social Media Postdoctoral Researcher (Due Dec 1, 2017)