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Strings AttachedAIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa$

Nadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, and Catrine Shroff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265680

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.001.0001

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(p.ix) Contributors

(p.ix) Contributors

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  • Reverend Ijeoma Ajibade

    is a Church of England priest, ministering at St Philip’s Church, Earls Court and at Southwark Cathedral in London. Alongside ministry she has worked in the UK public sector for twenty-three years. Her work on HIV has involved seeking to mobilise the church to address HIV through its ministry and mission. In 2009 she developed a training course for clergy in the diocese of Southwark which looks at the issue of HIV from theological and ethical perspectives. Ijeoma has also been involved in governance for UK-based sexual health organisations including the Naz Project London, where she was vice-chair, and the African Health Policy Network, where she was secretary to the board.

  • Brenda Bartelink

    is finalising her PhD thesis on religion, HIV/AIDS and sexuality in transnational development relations at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Since June 2012, she has worked at the Knowledge Centre on Religion and Development to facilitate and stimulate reflections on religion by Dutch development NGOs. She holds an MA in the Academic Study of Religion and a BA in Nursing.

  • Nadine Beckmann

    is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Roehampton. She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford (2008), where she was a postdoctoral researcher and deputy director of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group before joining Roehampton in 2012. Her research focuses on HIV/AIDS and Islam, the management of sexuality and reproduction, bio-politics, and notions of morality and uncertainty in Zanzibar.

  • Anaïs Bertrand-Dansereau

    is a sociologist with an interest in gender, health and youth in postcolonial contexts. She holds a PhD (2013) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), in Geneva, and a master’s (2010) from UQÀM, in Canada. Her research focuses on the lives of young people in Malawi, understood through both discourses of HIV prevention and the narratives of their own experiences of love, relationships and intimacy. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre on Population Dynamics, at McGill University.

  • Astrid Bochow

    is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale (since 2010). She was previously a researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Bayreuth (2004 to 2009) and a postdoctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin (2009). She publishes on reproduction, sexuality, (p.x) Christianity and HIV/AIDS, and has authored a monograph entitled ‘Intimacy and Sexuality before Marriage in Kumasi, Ghana’ (in German). In 2012 she was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, and she was granted a junior fellowship at the University of Constance in 2012–13.

  • Lindsay Ehrisman

    is a graduate student of African History and Gender at San Francisco State University. Her research explores the ways in which historical epistemologies inform contemporary normative sexual identities in Uganda.

  • Alessandro Gusman

    (PhD, 2008) is a postdoctoral researcher in anthropology at the University of Turin. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa. His research focuses on the social and political impact of Pentecostal churches in Uganda, and on the link between religion and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Since 2005 he has also conducted research in Italy, in the field of the anthropology of death and in medical anthropology, with a particular focus on funeral rites among migrant communities, and on palliative care. He is the author of a book, Antropologia dell’olfatto (2004), and of several articles which have appeared in national and international books and journals.

  • Erik Meinema

    is a recent graduate of the Research Master Religion and Culture at the University of Groningen. During his studies, he did fieldwork on religion, sexuality and youth in Kenya and Uganda, and youth peace-building initiatives in Ambon, Indonesia.

  • Alexandra Müller

    is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She holds a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Göttingen (Germany), and is a qualified physician. She identifies as a queer, white, anti-racist, feminist scholar, and her work focuses on health rights for sexual minorities, medical education and critical whiteness.

  • Isak Niehaus

    is a lecturer in social anthropology at Brunel University in London. He has done extensive research on issues such as witchcraft, politics and masculinity in South African rural areas. He is the author of Witchcraft, Power and Politics: Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld (with Eliazaar Mohlala and Kally Shokane, 2001), Magic (with Fraser McNeill, 2010) and Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa (2013).

  • Christine Obbo

    is a Ugandan social cultural anthropologist who has done extensive research in both rural and urban areas on issues of gender and social change. This focus inevitably led to work on HIV/AIDS, highlighting rights and responsibility. Her writing examines how Christianity and economic development exacerbate local (p.xi) ideologies that frame and perpetuate social and economic gender inequalities. She was a professor at Wheaton College and Wayne State University, in addition to brief visits to other institutions; and has been a consultant for international organisations on identifying unwitting constraints of development policies, and recommending participatory research strategies that promote the success of food poverty and HIV/AIDS projects.

  • Amy S. Patterson

    is Professor of Politics at the University of the South, Tennessee. She is author of The Politics of AIDS in Africa (2006) and The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity (2011). She was a Fulbright scholar in Zambia in 2011. She teaches courses on African politics, global health governance, and political development.

  • Louise Mubanda Rasmussen

    is Assistant Professor in International Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. Between 2006 and 2009 she researched various HIV/AIDS interventions in Uganda with an emphasis on Catholic organisations. She obtained her PhD in African Studies from the University of Copenhagen in 2011 on the basis of a thesis titled ‘From dying with dignity to living with rules: AIDS treatment and “holistic care” in Catholic organisations in Uganda’. She is currently working on a research project on the local experiences with celebrity-driven development projects in Malawi.

  • Joanna Sadgrove

    is a specialist on religion, sexuality and cross-cultural encounter. Her early work focused on Uganda; more recently she has worked on southern Africa, India and the Caribbean. She has published on homosexuality in Uganda and the Anglican Communion, sexual behaviour and religious belonging, and religious identities and cross-cultural change. She currently works as a researcher for the United Society (formerly USPG) and as a consultant for the Anglican Communion-affiliated Continuing Indaba project.

  • Brooke Grundfest Schoepf

    is an economic and medical anthropologist (PhD Columbia University, 1969). Following fieldwork in England, France and the US, she began research and teaching in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1974. With African colleagues in Kinshasa in 1985, Schoepf began to study popular representations of AIDS. The Projet CONNAISSIDA (knowledge of AIDS) used an approach linking political economy with culture and agency to demonstrate the role of gender relations, poverty and global inequality in driving the epidemic, and experimented with community-based empowerment methods for HIV prevention. From 1991, she drafted AIDS prevention policy strategies as a consultant to UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, and UNAIDS. Schoepf has worked in fourteen countries in Africa.

  • (p.xii) Catrine Shroff, (formerly Christiansen)

    PhD, is a social anthropologist with extensive research experience on the intersection of religion, health, and development. She has published on religion in development aid, church development, youth and social becoming, and the social impact of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. She is vicechair of the research network on Religion, AIDS and Social Transformation in Africa (RASTA). She lives in Kenya where she works as a researcher and a consultant.

  • Jonas Svensson

    is Associate Professor in the Study of Religion, with a PhD in Islamic Studies. He is currently Senior Lecturer at Linnaeus University, Sweden. Mainly specialising in contemporary Muslim religious discourses on issues such as gender and human rights, he has also done fieldwork on Islamic religious education in Kisumu, Kenya. His chapter in this volume is part of a project on contemporary Muslim theological thinking on HIV/AIDS and Islam financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

  • Jack Ume Tocco

    is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He holds a 2013 PhD in anthropology and a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan. His research on HIV/AIDS and Islam focuses on prophetic and biomedical treatment modalities, kinship and sexuality, and masculinities in Northern Nigeria. He has conducted research as a consultant for several international organizations in Nigeria.

  • Rijk van Dijk

    is an anthropologist and senior researcher at the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden. He is an expert on Pentecostalism, globalisation and transnationalism, migration, youth and healing, in Malawi, Ghana and Botswana. He is the author of Young Malawian Puritans (1993) and has co-edited seven other books including The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma (with Ria Reis and Marja Spierenburg, 2000) and Situating Globality: African Agency in the Appropriation of Global Culture (with Wim van Binsbergen, 2004). His current research deals with religious, in particular Pentecostal, engagement with the domains of sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Botswana. He is also chair of the research network on Religion, AIDS, and Social Transformation in Africa (RASTA), and editor-in-chief of the journal African Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World, which has been published by Brill since 2008.