Peter Geschiere (Professor, Amsterdam University): “Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust – Africa in Comparison”

Time: Wednesday 4 December, 2.15-4.00 pm. Venue: Meeting Room 2, Conference Center, Stakladen, Aarhus University

Peter Geschiere is one of the leading authorities on witchcraft within anthropology and beyond. For decades he has been at the forefront of the intellectual effort to rethink of the relationship between modernity, globalization and witchcraft.  In recent years, professor Gescihere has begun a large comparative project that seeks to understand the similar processes that inform witchcraft on the one hand and ideas about belonging, group identity and nationalism on the other.  This talk will present ideas from his most recent book Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust (The University of Chicago Press, 2013).