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Photo: The hands that grind: woman with ring. Still from We are Zama Zama. Credit: Ebrahim Hajee and Rosalind Morris

Andrew W. Mellon Lecture in the Humanities

The Afterlives of Gold: Mining and Migrancy in Southern Africa

Drawing on two decades of ethnographic fieldwork and using film footage from a documentary on informal mining in the de-industrializing spaces of South Africa’s gold mines, Rosalind Morris considers how the social and material infrastructures of that sector (from electrification and water removal, to financial systems and structures of coerced and ethnicized migrant labor) have shaped the forms of life that are emerging in its ruins. In this anthropological and aesthetico-political account of these life-worlds, she explores what it means to live in a fully monetized world from which waged labor is increasingly absent, how the lure of gold functions in the aftermath of the gold standard, and what migration means for those whose undocumented status makes such movement a source of criminality—and vulnerability to both state and non-state violence.

30 Oct 18
Migration and Integration
19:30 - 21:00
American Academy in Berlin
Am Sandwerder 17-19
14109 Berlin-Wannsee

This event took place on October 30, 2018.

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