Projects

An Emerging Middle Class, Changing Mortuary Practices, and a New Funeral Economy in Northern Ghana

My current research project looks at recent dramatic changes to funerals among the Dagara of northwestern Ghana. Funerals in Africa more generally have been noted as enabling members of an extended family to come together to reaffirm their membership in the wider family and also compete for social prestige. Building on the works of scholars … [Read more]

Interrogating Women’s Pathways into and Engagement with Political Power in Africa: A Comparative Study of Uganda and South Africa

Over the past few decades the presence of women in government also called descriptive representation has increased significantly because of a greater acceptance of quotas or reserve seats for women. A large body of literature produced in the global North shows that descriptive representation of women is some circumstances leads to substantive representation, or women … [Read more]

The Role of Laws, Policies, and Constitutional Rights in Advancing Gender Equality in Africa and Globally

In every country, women earn less than men; in all but five, women are less likely to have paid employment. The impacts on income at the individual, household, and national levels are profound: according to the McKinsey Global Institute, closing the gender gap in labor force participation by 2025 could increase global GDP by $28 … [Read more]

The Anticipatory Perspective: What Next?

An anticipatory behavior is a behavior that ‘uses’ the future in its actual decision process. Anticipation as here understood includes two mandatory components: a forward-looking attitude, and the use of the former’s result for action. A weather forecast in itself is not anticipatory in my sense. Watching a weather forecast and as a consequence taking … [Read more]

Glory (Working Title)

A multi-generational family drama told through different periods of Zimbabwe’s history.

10 year follow-up study of cardiac and liver iron using T2*MRI in a single cohort of thalassaemia major patients.

Patients with thalassemia major require regular blood transfusions from 6-12 months of age to stay alive. This eventually results in massive iron overload; the body has no mechanism for ridding itself of iron and so the patients have to use daily iron chelation to remove the iron. However, this is a major problem as non-compliance … [Read more]

Combating antimicrobial resistance: Ecological and public health implications

Antimicrobial resistance is a cross-border problem at the global level, affecting both developed and developing nations. However, the mandate for enforcing international measure is limited. Increasing numbers of bacteria species are developing resistance to the antibiotic. This means that some infections are difficult, sometimes even impossible to treat. Thus, treatment and operation that are now … [Read more]

An Ordinary of Agony: The Social and Political Production of Superfluous People

The present research proposal aims to work on an anthropology of misfortune in Cameroon by describing and analyzing critically various forms of malevolence in media narrative in Cameroun. I intend to thematize media productions in Cameroon as a site of affliction. My main thesis is that the media narratives tend to represent the ordinary life … [Read more]

Yes, The World

My fourth novel will look at the lives of internally displaced people in India in what I hope is a formally original way – by marrying the extreme and self-conscious artifice of the pastoral mode to the density and ‘life-like’-ness of the realist novel. Internally displaced people are essentially refugees, fleeing conflict, violence, terror, forcible … [Read more]

Mineral Wealth and Distributive Struggles on the Platinum Belt, South Africa

This project explores distributive struggles on the platinum belt in South Africa. Primary, it examines local politics of distribution in platinum-rich traditional authority areas in South Africa’s North West province. Of key interest is how distributive claims by the rural poor in could contribute to the intense global debates on state-driven distributive measures and limited … [Read more]