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?”

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Looking forward to using this as the foundation of my first peer-reviewed article.

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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.

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The time for professional conference travel and presentations has arrived. Here is where you’ll be able to find me this fall.

September

  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans, LA
    • September 4: “‘When Things Fall Apart’: Genetic Return and Racial (Re)Pair of American History in Cameroon” for the panel, “STS & Africa – I: Bodies and Biomedicine”

November

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA), Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • November 22: “Rethinking the Grammar of Genetic Ancestry through Genetic Reconnection in Cameroon” for the panel, “Hortense Spillers and Anthropology: (Dis)orders and (Pre)histories of Black Culture”
  • African Studies Association (ASA), Boston, MA
    • November 22: “The Promise and Perils of Genetic Autochthony in Cameroon” for the panel, “The Politics of Belonging in Cameroon Part I.”
    • November 23: ASA Roundtable on “What does Research on Health, Science, Technology, and Medicine Offer to African Studies?”

I’ll also be giving a guest lecture in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles at the end of November.

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.

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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.

I am pleased to announce that I will be one of 2019-2020 Mellon-Sawyer Dissertation Fellows at Tufts University to write my dissertation.

Sawyer Seminars, through support from the Mellon Foundation, “provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments.” The theme for the Sawyer seminar I’ll be participating in is “Defamiliarizing the Family: Genealogy and Kinship as Critical Method.” The Seminar will be taking place at Tufts University, through the direction of historian Kendra Field and anthropologist Sarah Pinto.

I will be based at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), working with an array of people thinking critically about kinship today.

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.

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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.

Check out more information about the event here.

For those who weren’t able to come to “What’s New About New Materialisms?” panel discussion with the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender on October 15, no worries!

You can now listen to the discussion on Soundcloud!

On October 11, 2018, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm PST, I’ll be giving my first (virtual) presentation based on my dissertation fieldwork over the past year for the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series. The panel is called “What’s New About New Materialisms?: Black and Indigenous Scholars on Science, Technology, and Materiality.”

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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.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information!