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Type: Paper
Paper Title: THE ANTI-CRISIS
Author: JANET ROITMAN (New School for Social Research)   
Date/Time: Fri., 3:15 PM
Co-Author(s): JANET ROITMAN (New School for Social Research) 
Abstract: This paper will critically review the notion of "crisis" as it is presently mobilized in representations and interpretations of political economy in the African context. The paper will argue that the concept of crisis -- in the sense of political crisis or economic crisis -- has come to serve as a placeholder in academic and popular discourse. Devoid of heuristic power, "crisis" is a metaphor that is symptomatic of the insufficiencies inherent to contemporary analytics of political economy. Africa, in particular, is now represented under the sign of crisis, which does little to explain current configurations of political economy on the continent that entail various modes of producing value and validating modes of regulation. The paper asks how one might think Africa otherwise than under the sign of “crisis.”

Program Number: 3-0785
Session Title: AFRICAN FUTURES IN CRISIS
Session Sponsor: Co-Sponsored by Society for Cultural Anthropology and Society for Cultural Anthropology
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): BRIAN GOLDSTONE (Duke University) 
Chair(s): CHARLES PIOT (Duke University)  
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