Temporary Lecturer in Anthropology (2016-17)
- Dr Joe Trapido
- Email address:
- SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Office No:
- Office Hours:
- By email appointment
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.
2017. Breaking Rocks, Music, Ideology and Economic Collapse. Oxford: Berghahn.
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.
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.
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).
'Forms of fetishism in Kinshasa: historical insights and contemporary practices.'
Making Spirits: materiality and transcendance in contemporary religion.
London: I.B. Tauris.
(Library of modern religion)
'Africa's Leaky Giant.'
New Left Review, 92.
'The political economy of migration and reputation in Kinshasa.'
Africa, 81 (2).
Neveling, Patrick and Trapido, Joe
'Modes of production : Try Again, Fail Better?'