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)

Genre: Grant writing

I've been deep in grant writing for the past two weeks (a big anthropological fieldwork grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation was due today) so while I have been furiously reading, it's of a different sort of reading than it would/will be for development of my orals documents. Nonetheless, while part of me detests the genre of … Continue reading Genre: Grant writing

Fanon and Du Bois on the “color line”

We ended last week’s joint class with Professor Chandler musing about whether as scholars we should be attempting to move beyond using race as a core categorical/analytical concept, or if we continue to use it while recognizing the potential danger of (further) reifying it as a useful category of significant human (socio/cultural/biological) difference. I’ve got … Continue reading Fanon and Du Bois on the “color line”

The Nation-State, Pan-Africanism and Biosocial Claims to Knowledge

This past week, I participated in the second biennial conference of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) on “African Studies and Global Politics.” The ASAA seeks to promote the study of Africa from an Africanist perspective, and as such, much of the discourse at the conference was related to pan-Africanism, decolonizing the mind/knowledge, and … Continue reading The Nation-State, Pan-Africanism and Biosocial Claims to Knowledge

HIST 290 : Draft Reading List

I've compiled a first draft of my reading list for the quarter. I'm copy-pasting it below, but also adding a link to a google doc here so that you can comment on it. Otherwise, for those that are so inclined, feel free to alternatively use hypothesis (which is pretty cool) to annotate the list directly on … Continue reading HIST 290 : Draft Reading List

Update from the classroom

After my first class meetings for HIST 290 and ANTH 289 this week, I am looking forward to the opportunity that I think both classes will allow for - namely to further develop my own lines of research inquiry but with some facilitation, guidance, feedback and support from the faculty and peers in a class … Continue reading Update from the classroom