Projects

Memorializing Struggle: Dynamics of Memory, Space and Power in Post-Liberation Africa

In post-liberation societies, memorialization and commemoration can occur at a grand, national scale, often being linked to heroic freedom fighters or critical revolutionary turning points. A key question in this regard is how these societies’ rulers – former freedom fighters themselves – memorialize their own liberation struggles, and the degree to which these processes are … [Read more]

Women’s Associations in a Pastoralist Society in Transformation: Implications for Gender-Based Livelihood Improvement Policies in Benin

How does the organization of women transform gender relations and living standards of Fulani women in pastoralist communities of northern Benin? This is the main question that this project aims to address. Northern Benin is facing various environmental, socio-economic and technological changes threatening the livelihoods of the entire Fulani pastoralist community, including women. To meet … [Read more]

How Disposed Of: Liberated Africans and the Waiting Space of Freedom, 1807-1930

This project is the fruition of twenty-seven years of research on the significance of the Liberated Africans, those rescued from the holds of slave ships and dhows in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the Mediterranean and in the Caribbean between 1808 and 1888, with an aftermath that continued into the 1930s. This work considers the … [Read more]

Southern imaginaries, or, thinking from the South

At a time when the focus of economic development is often the so-called Global South, yet when countries of the north continue to grow in geopolitical dominance, this interdisciplinary project offers a series of cultural, historical, and literary reflections on southness. I take southness to refer broadly to southern imaginaries, or the perception of southern … [Read more]

Prophetic femininities: Between uncertainty and domestication of the invisible

The history of the Euro-Mediterranean world is peopled with female figures who, over the years and with many variants, have presented specific forms of mediation with the supernatural. My interest in religion on the one hand and understandings of the feminine gender on the other characterized the early stages of my research, and in the … [Read more]

Planetary Prejudices: Race, Migration, and Technology in the New Global Order

Taking racism as the engine of capitalism, the study of “racial capitalism” offers a potent framework for understanding how racism structures modern life. Yet commentaries about racial capitalism often make assumptions at odds with a changing world. My book-in-progress, Planetary Prejudices: Race, Migration, and Technology in the New Global Order, is a concise theoretical attempt … [Read more]

Short Stories of the World: Africa

This intended collection will include around 20 African short stories which will be translated into Icelandic. The stories will span a period of 50-70 years and represent as many African countries as possible. The collection will comprise the fourth volume of an anthology of short stories from around the world. The first two volumes, the … [Read more]

Luanda is not Paris: a situated epistemology of Southern Urbanism Theory

This project for a book titled In the skin of the city: Luanda, or the dialectics of spatial transformation examines the process of historic formation and transformation of Luanda, the capital city of Angola. Luanda is one of the oldest urban conglomerations founded by European empires in the Southern hemisphere, in 1575. I explore the … [Read more]

Digital Capitalism

This project is about “digital capitalism,” and more specifically, the emergence of a new “gig” economy associated with the rise of new “platform” business models such as Uber, Upwork, TaskRabbit, Helpling, and others. These new app-based companies create value not by producing “things” or even by providing services in the traditional way, but instead by … [Read more]

My Voice in Contemporary Art Music

I experience contemporary art music as a marriage of two musical cultures, Kiganda of the Baganda in Uganda and the western art music, which have shaped my musical performance and creativity for the last 40 years. This residence will be about sharing this musical experience through the production of a premier performance, completion of an … [Read more]