Danny Hoffman, anthropologist and photojournalist, will be joining us at IU February 14 and 15. His work centers on violence and conflict in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington the author of two books on wartime and post-war Sierra Leone and Liberia, The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Duke University Press, 2011) and Monrovia Modern: Urban Form and Political Imagination in Liberia (Duke University Press, 2017).
Urban displacement and the limits of post-war politics: Imagining the future in Monrovia
February 14. 4-6 pm
Global and International Studies Building (GISB), room 3067
A decade after the official end of Liberia’s long war, a large population of ex-combatants and internally displaced persons remained adrift in the urban fabric of Monrovia. Though they had lived for years in the city’s ruins, these urbanites were largely unable, even unwilling, to make a place-based claim to rights to the city. Trapped between a modernist built environment they could not inhabit differently, and an economy that forced them into perpetual motion, the city offered little space for the political inventiveness the post-war urban context seemed to require.