Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production.
MIT Press, 2018. 412 pages.
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s latest book, The Mobile Workshop,is a historical examination of attempts to control the mobilities of the
tsetse fly in Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia, then Rhodesia). It is also an
experiment in writing – hence, a ‘workshop’ – …
Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909. (Open Access).
Rohan Deb Roy
Cambridge University Press, 2017. 332 pages.
long garnered no shortage of interest among global health experts and the
medical anthropologists periodically at their sides. The sustained concern owes
in one part to the fact that malaria remains a major threat, and in …
On February 8, 2019, a symposium organized by Nancy Rose Hunt on the scholarship and career of Luise White was held at the University of Florida. In the nearly twenty years since the publication of White’s Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (University of California, 2000), her thinking at the intersection of anthropology and history continues to …
Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq
Stanford University Press, 2017. 239 pp.
Every year, tens of thousands of Iraqi patients leave their country seeking healthcare, and Iraqi physicians move abroad seeking asylum and work. Omar Dewachi writes elsewhere about this crisis and the “therapeutic geographies”* it sets in motion, but in his book Ungovernable …
The papers in this series, “Critical Histories, Activist Futures,” have captured some of the exciting conversations that took place during a conference titled “Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence,” which was held at Yale University in February 2017. As my colleague Sarah M. Pickman has explained, the conference was intended to create a space for …
For colonial officials in British East Africa, African excrement endangered public health because Africans were reckless defecators. The world was their toilet, and they simply went where they pleased. Indeed, in 1866, David Livingston suggested Zanzibar be renamed “Stinkibar”: “The stench from a mile and a half to two miles of sea-beach, which is the general depository of the filth …