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Jukwa market, Ghana

This is a paper on the anthropology of and from Africa, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Through a series of lectures and seminars, we will examine, reflect upon, and critically discuss the following themes: the relationship between African anthropology and colonialism; race and the ‘invention’ of Africa; spirit possession, Christianity, and Islam; politics and human rights; disability and welfare; neoliberal economic reforms and their effects; popular culture and youth; gender and sexuality; land; rural-urban relations; health and healing; violence and memory; diasporas; and the ethics of studying Africa in the 21stcentury, amongst others. We will explore both historical sources as well as more contemporary research. 


Paper Resources


SAN4a Africa Paper Guide

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