Speakers

Marta Amico

MARTA AMICO is currently European Union-Marie Curie Fellow at King’s College London. She holds a PhD in anthropology and music from the EHESS in Paris, and she has worked as a researcher at the Quai Branly Museum, at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and at the Paris Philharmonic. Since 2010, she has been part of the artistic direction of two African music festivals in Timbuktu, Mali and Florence, Italy. Her writings about music, conflict and identity in Mali and the Sahara have been published in prestigious journals, including Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines and Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie, and edited volumes from Routledge and Quebec University Press.

Samuel Mark Anderson

SAMUEL MARK ANDERSON is a visual ethnographer who researches West African expressive culture and its encounters with violence, politics, and public health. His work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Program, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. His current book project, Disappear, Appear, Loss, Change: The Work of Spectacle in Postwar Sierra Leone, tracks a former militia commander who is now redeploying defensive mystic powers gained in wartime for touring performances preaching reconciliation, Islam, and development messages. Sam has written for the journals Africa, African Art, and American Ethnologist. He is currently a Research Associate with Harvard University and holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA.

Lowell Brower

LOWELL BROWER is a PhD candidate in the Department of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. He received an M.A. in African Studies from Harvard University, and a B.A. in African Languages and Literature and English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A social anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests in Folklore, Literature, Linguistics, and Refugee Studies, his work focuses on African oral traditions, communal storytelling, and cultural reinvention in the aftermath of violence, displacement, and profound social rupture. Fluent in Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda, Lowell has conducted extensive ethnographic and folkloric research in villages and refugee camps in Rwanda and Tanzania. In all, he has recorded over three thousand East and Central African oral narratives, which he is currently translating, transcribing, and archiving as part of Harvard’s Africa’s Sources of Knowledge Digital Library.

Ian Copeland

IAN COPELAND is an ethnomusicologist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a Ph.D. student and Ashford Fellow at Harvard University. As an ethnographer he documents the musical ramifications of international aid, volunteer culture, and HIV/AIDS activism, particularly as they play out in the Southern African nation of Malawi. Other academic interests include the role of music and music education in the corporate-led school reform movement, AIDS theology, and respectability politics across the African diaspora. Initially trained as a clarinetist, his performances have been featured at the meetings of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Musicians in the United States and the Society of Composers, Incorporated. Engaged internationally as a teacher and pedagogue, Ian has presented master classes in Panama and Ecuador. He also spent a year as a choir and general music teacher in the Mississippi Delta. He holds degrees from Oberlin College (B.A./B.M.) and the University of Copenhagen (M.A.).

Nomi Dave

NOMI DAVE is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Virginia. She researches music and aesthetic practices in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on Guinea and francophone West Africa. She is interested in interactions between music, voice, politics, emotion, violence, and cultural ideologies. Her current projects include completing a book, The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics and Pleasure in Guinea (solicited by University of Chicago press), which examines the legacies of authoritarianism in Guinea, and the meanings, and pleasure, that authoritarian aesthetics hold for Guinean citizens. She earned her PhD from the University of Oxford (2012), and has also taught at Duke University, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of Music and Cultural Anthropology. Before becoming an ethnomusicologist, she trained as a human rights lawyer and worked for the United Nations for five years, including three years with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in Guinea.

Aubrey P. Graham

AUBREY P. GRAHAM is a professional photographer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Emory University and masters degrees from Emory (in Anthropology) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (in Social Anthropology of Development). Her visual and written works strive to challenge stereotypical depictions of Africa within the fields of journalistic and humanitarian photography. Since 2009 her research has employed photography as both method and theory as she explores the politics, imagination, and implications of humanitarian and local photography in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has published on this research with the journals Social Dynamics and Visual Methodologies. Aubrey has a background as a photojournalist and communications photographer, and continues her visual practice both within her research, and as a photographic consultant for humanitarian and development agencies.

Omotayo Jolaosho

OMOTAYO JOLAOSHO is a cultural anthropologist with a background in performance and integrated arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida. Her research has been supported by awards from Fulbright-Hays, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. Her previous publications include the transnational anthology African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) and articles in the Journal of Material Culture and Smithsonian Folkways.

Maëline Le Lay

MAËLINE LE LAY is a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Bordeaux, through the Research Center “Les Afriques dans le monde.” She has published La Parole construit le pays. Théâtre, langues et didactisme au Katanga (RDC) (Honoré Champion, 2014) and, together with Dominique Malaquais and Nadine Siegert, she co-edited the transdisciplinary, bilingual Archive (re)mix. Vues d’Afrique, (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015). She is a member of the editing board of the journal Études Littéraires Africaines, the main academic journal in French specializing in African literatures. From historical and anthropological standpoints, her research focuses on theatre, performing arts and literature in the Africa’s Great Lakes Region (DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda) and their intersections with the humanitarian sector.

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

CHÉRIE RIVERS NDALIKO, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist who studies human creativity in African conflicts through ethnomusicology, film/media studies, and cultural theory. Her research engages ethnographic and community based participatory methods to explore the meanings local communities ascribe to art making in post-colonial war zones. Through critical analysis of music, films, music videos, and textual representations of war and violence in Africa, she advocates a paradigm shift in the global application of humanitarian and charitable aid. Her monograph, Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford University Press, 2016), introduces into heated international debates on aid and sustainable development a case for the necessity of arts and culture in negotiating sustained peace. She holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies, where was a pioneer of the University’s Social Engagement Initiative.

Amy Schwartzott

AMY SCHWARTZOTT is an Assistant Professor of Art History at North Carolina A&T State University where she is also Curator of University Galleries. She received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2014. An ethnographic investigation of recyclia utilized by Mozambican artists is presented in her dissertation, Weapons and Refuse as Media: the Potent Politics of Recycling in Contemporary Mozambican Urban Arts. This research resulted in a Centre for Conflict Studies Fellowship and two Fulbright awards. Recently authored publications in international journals and volumes include Dialogues with Mozambique: Interdisciplinary Reflections, Readings and Approaches on Mozambican Studies; Tydskrif vir Letterkunde/Journal for Literary Studies; Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture; and Representations of Reconciliation: Art and Trauma in Africa.