The Spring semester has barely begun, and everything already feels rushed. For those in the Boston area, I’ll be giving a talk on my dissertation research for the Tufts University STS Lunch Seminar on Friday, March 13 (hopefully that’s not ominous), titled “Sharing Genetic Cameroonian Ancestry, Building Utopia.”
Of all the conferences I’ve presented in, and the papers that I’ve read at them, my paper for the 2019 AAA conference in Vancouver, has to have been my favorite thus far. So glad I got to honor Hortense Spillers, and hopefully open up another way of critically conceptualizing race in anthropology for the 21st century.
“Why is the discipline hellbent on propagating a progressive position as being anti-racist when it is only really anti-race?”
Looking forward to using this as the foundation of my first peer-reviewed article.
I had the extreme honor of giving a guest lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Department of African Americans Studies on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The students were so generous and so willing to engage with my work, often anticipating points before I got the chance to articulate them (even when linking to the current border crisis). For everything that is happening in the world, I remain deeply encouraged by the next generation of students.
I spend an immense amount of time thinking about the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston. Not only because she was a black woman anthropologist and writer, but, more importantly, because that unique position is one of the reasons she was nearly forgotten by both fields. Her revival in the past few decades doesn’t make that fact any less chilling. Least of all for those of us (myself included) who hope to follow in her footsteps.
I say this because it is such an affirmation, and sincere source of joy, to announce that I’ve been selected as one of the writers to participate in the 2019 Hurston/Wright Foundation Weekend Workshop in Creative Nonfiction with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts this summer.
I can’t wait to see what this creative space will provide.
On Friday, April 13, the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender (CRG) held their inaugural student research symposium.
I am grateful to be one of the students across Cal’s campus over the years whose work has been supported by the Center. Last October, I participated in CRG’s Thursday Forum Series, along with my colleagues Marcelo Garzo Montalvo and Jen Rose in Ethnic Studies, for our panel on the limits of the “new materialisms” discourse. I am also a Fall 2018 recipient of their Graduate Student Research Grant in support of my dissertation research.
Check out CRG’s website for more information about the symposium.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited to be the respondent to Prof. Jenny Reardon as she discusses her most recent book, The Postgenomic Condition (2017). The event is a part of the Spring 2019 colloquium series at the UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS), and will take place at 470 Stephens Hall from 4 to 5:30 pm PDT.
The panel was created in coordination with my colleagues Marcelo Garzo Montalvo and Jen Smith in the Department of Ethnic Studies, based on our needs to address both the conceptual turn toward “things” in emerging social theory, while holding space for how “things” have been central to indigenous forms of knowledge for racialized groups excluded to the margins of modern social thought.
In my paper, “Genetic Sensibilisation: Reconfiguring the Materiality of Genetic Ancestry in Cameroon,” I’ll be linking these ideas to how we understand the limits of genetic sovereignty in the postgenomic era when genetic ancestry must contend with African modes of belonging in Cameroon.