On tech, representation, and African agriculture

There is a way in which popular media and development literature presents Africa, and Africans, as paralyzed by modernity, at a standstill: young people leaving agriculture and going to cities, inequalities rising, cities exploding, changing tastes via KFC and packaged noodles like Indomie. The flicker of hope du jour is tech, and writers, especially when discussing agriculture, often cite high … Continue reading On tech, representation, and African agriculture

No One Seems Concerned

I was recently telling a friend about our brave, tiny outdoor cats who run up trees and sneak out the bamboo fence, and how no one seemed concerned about their wanderings. My friend remarked that "no one seems concerned" would be a good title for a blog about cross cultural communication (her field). Or anthropology, I … Continue reading No One Seems Concerned

“Developmental Army,” “Demographic Bomb:” linguistics in development literature

Spending the morning writing about intersections of development, aid, and militarism. Saw this tweet and thought it was appropriate: "The young people of Africa are our developmental army, the people who are going to transform the futures of our countries." -Hadeel Ibrahim — Mo Ibrahim Fdn (@Mo_IbrahimFdn) October 14, 2013 And went quite well with … Continue reading “Developmental Army,” “Demographic Bomb:” linguistics in development literature

September reading list, so far.

For me, a really important part of scholarship is sharing, and so I wanted to share items I'm currently reading and really excited about. The semester is in full-swing and my mind is focused on organizing our department's 10th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, getting ready for my second comp, and writing grant proposals for pre-dissertation … Continue reading September reading list, so far.

Morning Reads: self-determination, mining murders & AFRICOM/Congo training

"Africa Must Stop the West" by Stephen Odoi-Larbi The First Deputy Speaker of Ghana's Parliament, Ebo Barton-Odro, has told the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) that the time had come for Africa to act swiftly to stop the West from dictating to the continent, when it comes to legal matters that have international character. "Chinese Kill Two … Continue reading Morning Reads: self-determination, mining murders & AFRICOM/Congo training