21.11. 2018 18:15 Uhr - 20:00 Uhr


MLU Halle-Wittenberg

Hallischer Saal | Tulpe| Universitätsring 5 | Halle/Saale


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    Ronn Mueller



    There is no doubt that the Islamists’ rise to power in the 1980s has put
    Sudan at the center of transnational media attention. Consequently, the
    worldwide resurgence of conservatism and right wing politics reanimated
    a politics of fear and reproduced new clashing discourses over identity
    and citizenship. Within these contexts, Amal Hassan Fadlalla examines
    how the production and circulation of violence narratives about Sudan’s
    conflicts branded humanity in a neoconservative fashion and shaped the
    practices of Sudanese activists and their allies in the United States,
    the Sudan, and online. In many temporary and newly formed humanitarian
    publics, she argues, the ethno-gendered representation of Sudanese men a
    and women as victims and survivors is transformed into powerful
    narratives that won them the status of role models within the human
    rights and humanitarian fields. These representations harden already
    existing gender, ethnic, and class divisions and highlight the post-Cold
    War politics and confrontations among different national and
    transnational actors over the meanings of rights, sovereignty, and
    global citizenship.

    This talk is based on Fadlalla’s newly released book “Branding Humanity:
    Competing Narratives of Rights, Violence, and Global Citizenship,” in
    which she treats Sudan—a dispersed nation due to sixty years of violent
    conflicts—as a site for examining these historical shifts and tensions
    before the country’s division into two nation states in 2011.

    Amal Hassan Fadlalla is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Women’s
    Studies, and Afroamerican and African studies at the University of
    Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests and teaching focus on global
    issues and perspectives related to gender, health, reproduction,
    diaspora, transnationalism, population, development, and human rights
    and humanitarianism. She holds a B.Sc. and Master’s degree in
    Anthropology from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and a Ph.D. from
    Northwestern University, United States.

    She is the author of Branding Humanity: Competing Narratives of Rights,
    Violence and Global Citizenship (Stanford: Stanford University Press,
    2018) and Embodying Honor: Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in
    Eastern Sudan (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2007). She is
    also the co-editor of the book, Gendered Insecurities, Health and
    Development in Africa (Routledge, 2012), and the Humanity Journal Issue:
    Human Rights and Humanitarianism in Africa (Volume 7, No. 1, Spring
    2016). Some of her other publications appear in: Signs: Journal of
    Women in Culture and Society, Urban Anthropology, Identities: Global
    Studies in Culture and Power, and in the School for Advanced Research
    (SAR) advance seminar series edited volume: New Landscapes of
    Inequality: Neoliberalism and the Erosion of Democracy in America, 2008.

    Professor Amal Hassan Fadlalla is the recipient of many prestigious
    awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Population Council, Harvard
    Population and Development Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for
    International Scholars, the Human Rights and Humanity awards from the
    University of Michigan, and the Mercator fellowship from the Special
    Priority Programme “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa” of the German
    Research Foundation at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.