An anthropological study of bankers

Joris Luyendijk, Dutch anthropologist and journalist, is currently blogging an anthropological study of bankers he’s doing in the City of London for Guardian. From the introduction to the blog: It is quite a change for me, exploring bankers. I used to do anthropological fieldwork among students in the slums of Cairo, then worked as a […]

On the lack of expertise in America’s foreign policy

Manan Ahmed in The National: Both Stewart and Mortenson illustrate one particular configuration of the relationship between knowledge and the American empire – the “non-expert” insider who can traverse that unknown terrain and, hence, become an “expert”. Even a cursory examination of the archive dealing with the American efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan demonstrates […]

Words, Spirits and History: A review of Gilbert Rist’s The History of Development

I was looking through my computer earlier today and I discovered a review I wrote during my first weeks as a Masters in Development Studies student at Uppsala in Sweden. The first thing those guys did was to encourage us to question the whole idea of development by making us read Gilbert Rist’s The History […]

Call for Papers – Speaking in tongues: Power/knowledge and languages divides in African studies

Following a successful panel on ‘the francophone/Anglophone divide in African studies’ held during the ECAS conference (June 15-18, 2011) in Uppsala, we seek submissions for a special issue in the on-line journal Critical African Studies entitled Speaking in tongues: Power/knowledge and languages divides in African studies. The broad field of African research is divided across […]

Category: CFP

Nigeria’s CBN to shift about 10 percent of FX reserves from dollar to RMB

From Reuters: Nigeria’s central bank plans to diversify its $33 billion in foreign exchange reserves away from the dollar by switching a tenth of the stockpile into yuan, underlining the momentum behind China’s drive to internationalise its currency. “We are looking at anything to start with from 5 to 10 percent of our reserves,” central […]

Nigerian bragging right of the day

According to the latest dispatch of cables by wikileaks, the Nigerian envoy told US officials that he was shocked that Zimbabweans spent their time in queues without so much as batting an eyelid. “They line up for hours to get a few dollars from their bank accounts,” Adenyaju said. “Then they go home and do […]

Aljazeera focuses on Nigeria

Dr Okonjo-Iweala, the returning finance minister and new economy Czar (couldn’t resist that one) starts talking at about 4:30. She talks about agriculture, manufacturing, job creation and even Nollywood. I don’t yet have an opinion on her and her new team  -  it is much too early – but in a few months, one should […]

Books I’ve read this summer

1. Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout. The author uses published works on Louis Armstrong, and tape recordings privately made by Armstrong himself during the course of his life, to tell the story of one of the greatest musicians of the last century. If jazz is your thing, and you like Louis Armstrong, you […]