Grounded in historical and anthropological methodology, Peter Geschiere's work often combines European and African theoretical understandings of the modern African situation while it also illuminates his commitment to the intellectual concerns of the underprivileged.
His groundbreaking work, The Modernity of Witchcraft: Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa, demonstrates the effectiveness of combined disciplinary approaches in the study of modern African politics and society.
Elected both to the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (1998) and the Cameroonian Academy of Sciences (2002), Prof. Geschiere recently retired as chair of African Anthropology at Leiden University. He continues to research and write from the Amsterdam School for Social Research. He was also awarded the 2002 Distinguished Africanist Award.
8:30-8:50a | Welcome and breakfast
8:50-9:00a | Opening remarks by Dr. Lee Cassanelli
9:00-10:30a | Panel 1
Reconciling Modernity and Witchcraft
Chair: Steven Feierman, History
Kristina Wirtz, Anthropology
Jason Blum, Religious Studies
Linda Lee, Folklore and Folklife
10:30-10:45a | Coffee break
10:45a-12:15p | Panel 2
Excavating a Career: Research Themes, Methodologies, and Publics
Chair: Sandra Barnes, Anthropology
Noel Salazar, Anthropology
Marie Jorritsma, Music
Andi Johnson, History and Sociology of Science
12:15-1:30p | Lunch break
1:30-3:00p | Panel 3
State and Society in Africa
Chair: Thomas Callaghy, Political Science
Genevra Murray, Anthropology
Jane Gordon, Political Science
Adam Mohr, Anthropology
3:00-3:15p | Coffee break
3:15-4:30p | Presentation by Peter Geschiere
The Fascination of the Forest: Cannibals, Biodiversity and Other Visions
4:30p | Reception
Note: Readings are available at the Rosengarten Reserves in the Van Pelt Library.