Cornell University

ICM Fall 2015 New Conversations Series: "Against Sovereign Violence: Feminist Activism and Law in Ghana"

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 4:45pm to 6:45pm

Toboggan Lodge 38 Forest Home Drive

Saida Hodžić
Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University

This talk draws on Saida Hodžić’s forthcoming book, How Cutting Ended: An Ethnography of African Activism. By shedding light on how Ghanaian activists and civil servants both fetishize the law and reckon with its violence, this work invites attention to the ordinary and to practice as sites where feminist critiques of liberalism are both challenged and reinvigorated.

Saida Hodžić is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. Her research examines the productive tension between feminist activism and governmentality, focusing on mutual entanglements between Ghana and the global North. Her recent publications include “Feminist Bastards: Toward a Post-Humanist Critique of NGOization,” in Theorizing NGOs: States, Feminisms, and Neoliberalism, and “Ascertaining Deadly Harms: Aesthetics and Politics of Global Evidence” in Cultural Anthropology.

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