2004 Scholar for a day: Professor Peter Geschiere

Monday 29 March 2004, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

University of Pennsylvania, Stiteler Hall, First Floor (37th and Walnut)



Grounded in historical and anthropological methodology, Prof. Geschiere's work often combines European and African theoretical understandings of the modern African situation while it also illuminates his commitment to the intellectual concerns of the underprivileged.

His groundbreaking work, The Modernity of Witchcraft: Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa, demonstrates the effectiveness of combined disciplinary approaches in the study of modern African politics and society.

Elected both to the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (1998) and the Cameroonian Academy of Sciences (2002), Prof. Geschiere recently retired as chair of African Anthropology at Leiden University. He continues to research and write from the Amsterdam School for Social Research. He was also awarded the 2002 Distinguished Africanist Award.





The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania


Professor Peter Geschiere

for the

2004 Scholar for a Day Program



8:30-8:50: Welcome and breakfast

8:50-9:00: Opening remarks by Dr. Lee Cassanelli

9:00-10:30: Panel 1

Reconciling Modernity and Witchcraft
Chair: Dr. Steven Feierman (History)

Kristina Wirtz (Anthropology)
Jason Blum (Religious Studies)
Linda Lee (Folklore and Folklife)

10:30-10:45: Coffee break

10:45-12:15: Panel 2

Excavating a career:
Research themes, methodologies, and publics
Chair: Dr. Sandra Barnes (Anthropology)

Noel Salazar (Anthropology)
Marie Jorritsma (Music)
Andi Johnson (History and Sociology of Science)

12:15-1:30: Lunch break

1:30-3:00: Panel 3

State and society in Africa
Chair: Dr. Thomas Callaghy (Political Science)

Genevra Murray (Anthropology)
Jane Gordon (Political Science)
Adam Mohr (Anthropology)

3:00-3:15: Coffee break

3:15-4:30: Presentation by Dr. Peter Geschiere

The Fascination of the Forest:
Cannibals, Biodiversity and Other Visions

4:30: Reception

Note: Readings are available at the Rosengarten Reserves in the Van Pelt Library.

This event is co-sponsored by:

The Department of Anthropology

The Center for Folklore and Ethnography

The Penn Humanities Forum

Last modified: March 24, 2004
Noel B. Salazar, nsalazarsas.upenn.edu