Anthropology | Beyond the State:Globalization & Africa
E600 | 23314 | Buggenhagen


If prevailing scholarship grapples with the precarious position of
postcolonial African societies faced with rapidly changing economic
and political orders on a global scale, how do contemporary
perspectives, if at all, address the emergence of new regulatory
regimes affecting finance, migration, mobility and sovereignty in the
context of the U.S. led global war on terror? Through comparative and
interdisciplinary discussion seminar members will consider recent
scholarship on the nature of the “crisis” of the state, neoliberal
global capital, oil and mineral extraction, extra-legal or unofficial
and occult economies, non-governmental organizations and
post-development perspectives, urbanization and migration, social
reproduction and ritual and religion.