Category Archives: Announcemenet

A fascinating research I look forward to reading

LSE PhD student Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed  researches domestic workers, a.k.a. househelp/housemaid/houseboy, in Lagos: My research is an account of the lives of male and female domestic workers in Lagos, Nigeria. It looks at the forms of control they experience in their daily interactions with their employers, as well as the multiple ways they respond to such… Read More »

Oil Contracts: How to Read and Understand them

A couple of weeks ago I attended the launch of Oil Contracts: How to Read and Understand them, a BookSprints book by OpenOil, a Berlin-based energy consultancy and publishing house. They basically got ten people with different expertise on the oil sector – corporate lawyers, energy activists, government negotiators – together in a house for… Read More »

Regulating the Social Impacts of Speculative Financial Practices

Just got this REGULATING THE SOCIAL IMPACTS OF SPECULATIVE FINANCIAL PRACTICES Meeting sponsored by the Essex Business and Human Rights Project and the Law Society of England and Wales 18 May 2011, 7-9 PM The Law Society’s Hall – 113 Chancery Lane – London The world’s attention on the link between Human Rights and Business… Read More »

PhD Studentships

At the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen Website: The inter-disciplinary Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen will offer two or more PhD studentships starting 2011-12. We welcome applicants from anthropology, cultural and literary studies, history, legal… Read More »

Done with the Ph.D.

On 11.01.10, I had a public defense of my dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. The questions were firm but fair, and I came away with a nice grade (yes, German Ph.D. dissertations are graded). Thanks to everybody who in one way or another made writing the dissertation less… Read More »

Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market

That is the title of a new book by Gareth Dale. If you are interested in economic history and the history of ideas you should check out the book. Or at least this review. The book is acclaimed as the first comprehensive book on the ideas and legacy of Karl Polanyi. If you have ever… Read More »

On Negrologie

Keith Hart, the economic anthropologist who, from his research with urban slum dwellers in 1960s Ghana, coined the term ‘informal economy’, announced his intention a couple of days ago to kick-start the writing of a book, Africa’s Urban Revolution, with a series of blog posts. The first in the series appears today, and it is an… Read More »