Anthropological writing can bring us closer to each other no matter from which corner of the world we are reading or writing.
Because its theories, ideas and concepts are based on social research that records the different lived experiences of what it means to be human and a writer is in constant triangulation with his data and with existing thought, anthropological writing is applicable to everyday contemporary concerns, conflicts and controversies affecting human life and can speak to everyone.
When we begin to grasp what others share with us, we write to negotiate our experiences, to capture and store lessons learned. We then access the archive of theory and writing to substantiate what we experience, add to it, change it. Finally – if we dare – we share our words with an audience.
23 January 2019
Abstract Age-of-consent law is complex. If it is set too high, there’s a risk that it will undercut young people’s agency. If it is set too low, it does not offer enough protection for vulnerable young people. This is a conundrum Sierra Leone has faced in the last decade. In...
09 January 2019
Abstract Sierra Leone has a long history of sexual and gender based violence, dating back to the colonial era and stretching into the years of independence which began in 1961. The country’s civil war, which raged between 1991 and 2002, brought international attention to the high levels of violence against...
12 June 2018
Abstract this is a review of Lucien Scubla’s ‘Giving life, giving death: psychoanalysis, anthropology, philosophy’. It was first published in JASO Online, the Journal of the Anthropological Society of the University of Oxford, Vol X Nr 1, 2018, pp. 122-125. link to JASO-online.
03 June 2017
Abstracts Although prominent in literature on West Africa and especially Nigeria, the phenomenon of ogbanjes in Sierra Leone is little discussed. By following the story of one ogbanje, this paper unravels their significance for social life, for local epistemologies and cosmologies in Freetown. The paper discusses personhood and morality, conceptions...
03 June 2017
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02 June 2016
Abstract this article provides an introductory journey through the poro and bondo secret societies in Sierra leone. It was first published in Paradigmata Voll 11.2014. link to paradigmata - Zeitschrift fuer Menschen und Diskurse Artikel Dieser Artikel ist ein Ausschnitt aus meinem Forschungsbericht zu Secret Societies in Sierra Leone. Ich...
02 June 2016
Abstract The following article explores concomitants of academic anthropology by discussing what lies underneath our (In this paper pronouns and unaccompanied adjectives such as ‘our’ refer to social scientists in general and anthropologists in particular) carefully designed research plans. In the course of this, the paper highlights the importance of...