Monday, November 25, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Program of African Studies
Group: Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings
The Research Group "Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast" at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Knörr, Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor of Social Anthropology at the Martin Luther University, Halle/Saale, Germany; Maarten Bedert, doctoral student; Anaїs Ménard, doctoral student.
Bio: Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Knörr is Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. She was brought up in Ghana and Germany and conducted extensive field research in Indonesia, West Africa, and Central Europe. She has worked as a Lecturer, Senior Researcher, University Professor, Scientific Director, and Political Advisor. Her research and publications focus on issues of identity, integration, migration, diaspora, gender, creolization, nationalism, and childhood.
Presentation Title: The Performance of Belonging in Post War Liberia
Topic: Maarten Bedert's PhD project focuses on discourse and practice related to the notion of belonging as it is being articulated along the Liberian-Ivorian border. In an area that is characterized by great social and institutional insecurity, as well as where memories of the recent civil war linger on, the notion and the implications of belonging become particularly urgent. Based on discourses articulated in the narration of oral histories, rituals, as well as everyday practices, he explores both the historical roots and the contemporary implications of belonging.
Maarten Bedert has MA in African Languages and Cultures from Ghent University with a thesis on the implications of the DDR project in Liberia. He received a Research Master from Leiden University with a research project on urban transport in Malawi. He conducted field research in Liberia on two other occasions besides the longer PhD related fieldwork between July 2011 and July 2013.
Presentation Title: Sherbro identity and the (re-)construction of social cohesion and nationhood in post-conflict Sierra Leone
Topic: Anaїs Ménard’s project focuses on autochthony discourses in Sierra Leone. With a case study on Sherbro identity which, due to its particular history plays an important role as a mediating force in interethnic and rural-urban relations, She explores the flexibility of ethnicity in a post-conflict context, its relationship with national identity and how autochthonous discourses reveal past and present integrative processes of national cohesion. Her research led her to focus more specifically on the relationship between Krio and native identities, land disputes and citizenship, and dynamics related to traditional secret societies in a post-conflict context.
Bio: Anaїs Ménard graduated from Sciences Po Paris (political sciences), following which she studied for an MSc in African Studies at the University of Oxford. She worked in charity organizations for two years, before she started my PhD in 2010 at the MPI for Social Anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Sierra Leone between March 2011 and July 2012.