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Dr Andrea Mariko Grant

Dr Andrea Mariko Grant

Lecturer

Fellow, Churchill College


Biography:

My work focuses on media, religion, and post-conflict politics in East Africa. My PhD research explored the rise of the new Pentecostal churches in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, and the reconstruction of the local music industry. I was interested in how urban Rwandans remake their lives in the aftermath of genocide and in an authoritarian political context. I am currently transforming this research into a monograph. Building on this project, I am also co-editing a book on contemporary Rwandan artistic practices. 

Future research projects include examining media and gender in Uganda, and, with David Mwambari (USIU), looking at the Rwandan diaspora in Kenya.

Research Interests

East Africa; religion; media; popular culture; gender; post-conflict reconstruction; memory; fieldwork methodology

Teaching

SAN1

SAN11: Anthropology of Media and Visual Culture: Case Studies

MPhil Paper 1: Production & Reproduction: Anthropology and Economics

Key Publications

Journal articles

Forthcoming, ‘Ecumenism in Question: Rwanda’s Contentious Post-Genocide Religious Landscape’, Journal of Southern African Studies 44(1).

2017. ‘The Making of a “Superstar”: The Politics of Playback and Live Performance in Post- Genocide Rwanda’, Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute 87(1): 155-179.

2015. ‘Quiet Insecurity and Quiet Agency in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Etnofoor 27(2): 15- 36.

2015. with Imogen Clark. ‘Sexuality and Danger in the Field: Starting an Uncomfortable Conversation’, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 2(1): 1-14.

2014. ‘“Bye-bye Nyakatsi”: Life through Song in Post-Genocide Rwanda’, Moving Worlds 14(1): 105-118.

Edited Journal Issues 

2015. co-edited with I. Clark. Special Issue on Sexual Harassment in the Field. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford 2(1). 

Book reviews

2009. A. Hinton and K. O’Neill, eds (2009). ‘Genocide: Truth, Memory, and Representation’, Cambridge Anthropology 29(3): 100-103.