SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr Joe Trapido

  • Overview
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Joe Trapido
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Lecturer in Anthropology

Name:
Dr Joe Trapido
Email address:
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
572
Academic Support Hours:
Tuesday 2-3pm and Friday 2-3pm

Biography

In regional terms I am interested in the DRCongo and in Congolese migrants, and I have done fieldwork in Kinshasa and among the Congolese diaspora in Europe and South Africa. I recently published a monograph entitled Breaking Rocks: Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse, from Paris to Kinshasa. I am currently writing  a book about city politics in Kinshasa. In theoretical terms I am interested in approaches to anthropology that bring together aesthetic and political economic ideas.

Research

Book

2017. Breaking Rocks, Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse. Oxford: Berghahn.

Articles

2016. ‘Potlatch and the articulation of modes of production: revisiting French Marxist Anthropology and the history of central Africa’, Dialectical Anthropology, 40: 199–220.

2016. ‘Kinshasa’s Theatre of Power’, New Left Review, 98: 57-80. (Also published as: 2016. ‘El Teatro del Poder en Kinsasa’ New Left Review, 98.)

2015. ‘Africa’s Leaky Giant’, New Left Review, 92: 5-40. (Also published as: 2015. ‘El Gigante Desbordado de África’, New Left Review, 92: 7-45.)

2015. With Saint-Jose Inaka. ‘Congo-Gauteng; Congolese migration to South Africa’ in (eds.) Keith Hart and John Sharp. The Human Economy; perspectives from the South. Oxford: Berghahn, pp 151-173.

2013. ‘Forms of fetishism in Kinshasa; historical insights and contemporary practices.’ In (eds.) Nico Tassi, Diana Espirito-Santo, Making Spirits: Materiality of Religious Things. London: I.B. Taurus, pp 205-229.

2011. ‘The Political Economy of Migration and Reputation in Kinshasa.’ Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 81(2): 204-225.

2010. ‘Love and Money in Kinois Popular Music.’ Journal of African Cultural Studies, 22 (2):121-144.

Blog Pieces

2016. ‘Music and Infertility in the Nervous State’, Somatosphere Book Forum, –– Nancy Rose Hunt’s A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo.

2016. ‘Epochs and continents: Potlatch, articulation, and violence in the Congo.’ FocaalBlog, 5 January.

2015. With Dr Patrick Neveling, ‘Modes of production: Try again, fail better?’ FocaalBlog. 10 November.

2015. ‘Elections, politics, and power in central and southern Africa,’ FocaalBlog, 2 September.

2015. ‘Music, ritual and capitalism in west central African history’, FocaalBlog, April 15.

Film

2016. With Alex Morris. Rear Window: Rumba in Kinshasa - Politics and music in the Congo.

A short documentary film about Congolese music and politics, screened on Telesur, as part of their arts slot ‘rear window’. It can also be found at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMeWu3DzwRo).

Publications

Authored Books

Trapido, Joe (2017) Breaking Rocks: Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse, from Paris to Kinshasa. New York: Berghahn.

Articles

Trapido, Joe (2019) '‘Masterless Men’; Riots, Patronage and the Politics of the Surplus Population in Kinshasa'. Current Anthropology. [Forthcoming]

Trapido, Joe (2016) 'Potlatch and the articulation of modes of production: revisiting French Marxist Anthropology and the history of central Africa'. Dialectical Anthropology, (40) 3, pp 199-220.

Trapido, Joe (2016) 'Kinshasa's Theatre of Power'. New Left Review, (98), pp 57-80.

Trapido, Joe (2015) 'Africa's Leaky Giant'. New Left Review, (92), pp 5-40.

Trapido, Joe (2011) 'The political economy of migration and reputation in Kinshasa'. Africa, (81) 2, pp 204-225.

Book Chapters

Inaka, Saint Jose and Trapido, Joe (2015) 'Congo-Gauteng; Congolese migration to South Africa'. In: Hart, Kieth and Sharp, John, (eds.), People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South. Oxford: Berghahn.

Trapido, Joe (2013) 'Forms of fetishism in Kinshasa: historical insights and contemporary practices'. Making Spirits: materiality and transcendance in contemporary religion.. London: I.B. Tauris.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Trapido, Joe (2015) Elections, politics, and power in central and southern Africa.

Other

Trapido, Joe (2017) 'Breaking Rocks: Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse, from Paris to Kinshasa' Focaalblog.

Trapido, Joe (2016) 'Music and Infertility in the Nervous State' Somatosphere.

Trapido, Joe (2016) 'Potlatch articulation and violence in the Congo' focaalblog.

Neveling, Patrick and Trapido, Joe (2015) 'Modes of production : Try Again, Fail Better?' FocaalBlog.

Trapido, Joe (2015) 'Music, ritual, and capitalism in west central African history' focaalblog.

Trapido, Joe and Neveling, Patrick (2015) 'Modes of production: Try again, fail better?' focaalblog.

 

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