Meet the authors of the 63-1 issue, January 2021.
Nelson A. Abiti is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of the Western Cape, where he is also a Doctoral Fellow in the Remaking of Societies, Remaking Persons Supranational Forum. He has published “The Road to Reconciliation: Museum Practice, Community Memorials and Collaborations in Uganda,” in Thomas Laely, ed., Museum Cooperation between Africa and Europe (Columbia University Press, 2019). He is also a Curator of Ethnography at the Uganda National Museum.
Wale Adebanwi is the Professor of Race Relations and Director of the African Studies Centre, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, and Associate Member of the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. He is the author of Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency, and the editor of The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa: Beyond the Margins.
Marieke Bloembergen is senior researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and professor in Archival and Postcolonial Studies at Leiden University’s History Department. Her research interests concern the political dynamics of cultural knowledge production in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia, as understood in their local, inter-Asian, and global dimensions, and in relation to material culture, heritage practices, religion, and violence. She has also published widely on policing and modernity, surveillance, and perceptions of (in)security in colonial Indonesia. Her most recent monograph, co-authored with Martijn Eickhoff, is The Politics of Heritage in Indonesia. A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Currently she is working on a book manuscript, entitled “‘The Relics of True History’: Indonesia and the Greater India Mindset, 1880s–1990s.”
Michelle Campos is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of the award–winning Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine(Stanford University Press, 2011), which was translated into Turkish as Osmanlı Kardeşler (Koç University Press, 2015). She is currently completing a book on urban life and intercommunal relations in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Jerusalem, for which she received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Jonathon Glassman is a Professor of History at Northwestern University. His first book, Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856–1888 (ACLS Humanities E-Book, 1995), was awarded the Herskovits Prize in African Studies and called “a modern classic” by the Journal of African History. He is also the author of War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar (Indiana University Press, 2011) which won the Martin Klein Prize from the American Historical Association. He is currently at work on a synoptic study of discourses of difference within African intellectual traditions.
Erik Mueggler is the Katherine Verdery Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has written widely about ritual and politics, histories of natural history, and histories of death in China’s borderlands. He is author of The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence and Place in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2001); The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (University of California Press, 2011), and Songs for Dead Parents: Body, Text and World in Southwest China (University of Chicago Press, 2017). He is a recipient of a Macarthur Foundation Fellowship and the Julian Steward Award for Best Monograph in Environmental Anthropology. His current book project, “Literacy, Sovereignty, and Bondage in a Qing Native Domain, Southwest China,” is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Harry Guggenheim Foundation.
Derek R. Peterson is Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival: A History of Dissent, c. 1835–72 (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which won the best book award of the African Studies Association; and the editor, with Ciraj Rassool and Kodzo Gavua, of The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories, and Infrastructures (Cambridge University Press, 2015). For the past decade he has been engaged in an ongoing effort to rehabilitate, organize, and digitize endangered government archives in Uganda. For more details, see https://derekrpeterson.com.
Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in late Ottoman and Russian imperial history. He is broadly interested in the evolution of refugee regimes, humanitarianism, and ethnic cleansing in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and earned a Ph.D. in history at Stanford University in 2018. His dissertation was awarded the best dissertation prize by the World History Association and an honorable mention for the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences by the Middle East Studies Association. He is currently preparing his first book, which examines the resettlement of about a million Muslim refugees from Russia throughout the Ottoman Balkans, Levant, and Anatolia between the 1850s and World War I.
Mathijs Pelkmans is Professor in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lived in Georgia for two years and in Kyrgyzstan for three, where he carried out ethnographic research on borders and boundaries, missionary movements, religious change, and political turmoil. His recent work includes the edited volume Ethnographies of Doubt: Faith and Uncertainty in Contemporary Societies (Bloomsbury, 2013), and the monograph Fragile Conviction: Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan (Cornell University Press, 2017).
Edgar C. Taylor is a Lecturer in the Department of History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Makerere University. He has published articles in Africa and the Journal of Eastern African Studies on generational, legal, and affective politics of decolonization and racialized citizenship. He has also written about administrative histories of archival management in Uganda, including a forthcoming article on risk in archival labor. He is currently working on a book, “Infrastructures of Exclusion: Authority and Everyday Politics in Urban Uganda, 1959–1972.” He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2016.
Richard Vokes is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. He has long-standing research interests in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Central Africa, especially in the fields of visual and media anthropology. He has published extensively on the history of photography in Africa, and on contemporary African photographies. His works include the edited collections “Routes and Traces: Anthropology, Photography and the Archive” (special issue of History and Anthropology, with Marcus Banks, 2010); Photography in Africa: Ethnographic Perspectives (Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2012); “Photography and African Futures” (special issue of Visual Studies, with Darren Newbury, 2018), and Photographies in Africa in the Digital Age (special issue of Africa, 2019). His latest monograph is Media and Development (Routledge, 2018). For more information, visit: https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/richard-vokes.