Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

About the Incorporation of Identity, the Commodification of Culture

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, Reviews by ruben eberlein on September 28, 2009

ethnicityincEthnicity, Inc., the latest publication by John L. and Jean Comaroff, presents comprehensive empirical evidence for one of the latest trends in the Brave New World of neo-liberalism: the commodification of cultural difference and the incorporation of ethnic or national identities. In course of a racy and stirring travel from the Bafokeng in South Africa to the casino capitalism of the Seminole in Florida to Britain, PLC, the anthropologists offer rich material in order to develop their theoretical insights into the working of modern ethno-business and its relationships to global shifts in governance. Read my review of the book in the coming issue of iz3w.


Anthropologically Speaking – A View from Nigeria and Germany

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 25, 2009

Olumide Abimbola, a Nigerian PhD student in Social Anthropology, writes in his column ‘Anthropologically Speaking’ for Business Day newspaper about such different things as a visit to the Buchenwald concentration camp, female husbands, driving around with an external license plate in Lagos or Berlin and much more. Check it out!

Scientists in Moral Panic: Debating ‘Mercenary Anthropology’

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on July 20, 2009

‘There are certain reasons why anthropologists should commit themselves to working with armed forces’, writes Swedish anthropologist Mats Utas in his exclusive text for this blog while discussing the ‘moral panic’ that he says is besetting his research field. Join the debate on the subject! (more…)

Out of Berlin, into Leipzig: Four Days of Discussing African Issues

Posted in Global Africa by ruben eberlein on June 3, 2009

Tomorrow, a conference on African issues under the motto ‘Respacing Africa’ will take off in Leipzig, Germany, for four days. The Third European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) will host some 1,100 academics and interested persons to discuss dynamic changes in Africa from a variety of multi-disciplinary perspectives. You can follow Marieke Hounjet’s reports from Leipzig via blog.