Amanda Hammar (University of Copenhagen)

Connection, Disconnection, and What Lies Between: Relational Readings of African Worlds

Time: Thursday, 28/06/2018, 7 pm
Venue: Grassi Museum, Johannisplatz 5-11

Amanda Hammar is a professor of african studies and director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen. In a former life, she worked for the newly independent Zimbabwe state and in several development arenas before moving to Scandinavia in the late 1990s to pursue doctoral studies. Her research has often addressed the links between authority, property, citizenship, modes of belonging, and (violent) exclusion, based primarily on empirical work in selected southern African settings. She is currently working on a project on property and personhood based on long-term fieldwork on urban displacement and resettlement in Zimbabwe. Among other publications, she is the editor of ‘Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity’ (2014, Zed Books), and most recently published ‘Urban Displacement and Resettlement in Zimbabwe: Reshaping Property, Authority and Citizenship’ (African Studies Review, 2017) and ‘’Becoming Mozambicanised’: Nostalgic Amnesia Among Zimbabweans Adapting to ‘Disorder’ in Mozambique’ (African Studies, 2017). She is on the board of AEGIS (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) and of the Nordic African Research Network (NARN).