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Suffering as Way of Life: Precarity and New Imaginative Subjectivities

14 August 2023 @ 13:15 - 15:00 CEST



14 August 2023
13:15 - 15:00 CEST


Egalitarian Futures Research Group (FUTURES)


9th Floor – SV-bygget
Universitetet i Bergen Institutt for sosialantropologi
BERGEN, 7802 Norway
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Join us for an illuminating seminar dissecting the intricate interplay between African youth experiences, the pivotal role of suffering and struggle, and their profound impact on identity formation, coping strategies, and the pursuit of recognition among young people across Cameroon, Senegal, and South Africa. Through an expertly woven narrative, distinguished anthropologist Divine Fuh will unravel the ingenious ways through which African youth harness suffering and struggle to forge new subjectivities, navigate shifting paradigms of recognition and flourish amidst daunting global challenges. This seminar promises to reshape our understanding of cultural resilience and inspire fresh insights into the vibrant dynamics of personhood and aspiration on the African continent.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with groundbreaking research and invigorating discussions that illuminate the profound role of suffering and struggle in shaping the trajectories of African youth.

About Divine Fuh

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Divine Fuh, from Cameroon, is associate professor of anthropology and Director of HUMA – Institute for Humanities Africa at the University of Cape Town.

His research focuses on the politics of suffering and smiling, particularly on how urban youth seek ways of smiling in the midst of their suffering. He has carried out research in Cameroon, Botswana, South Africa, and Senegal. His new research focuses on the political economy of Pan-African knowledge production; and on Artificial Intelligence and the ethics of being in African contexts.

The Seminar is a collaboration between GRIP and the The Egalitarian Futures Research Group (FUTURES).

GRIP Secretariat | Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Bergen | PO Box 7802 | 5020 Bergen, Norway
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