Brown Bag Seminar (Staff only): A Dying Lake, A Living Sea, and Other Bodies of Water

By Jennifer Lee Johnson, Assistant Professor, Purdue University, Department of Anthropology (Visitor hosted by Heather)

2018.02.13 | Jon Bendixen

Date Wed 04 Apr
Time 11:00 12:00
Location Auditorium 1 (4206-117), Moesgaard Campus

Located between the dry world of humans and the wet world of fish, the littoral generates dynamic and sometimes confusing mixtures of people, fish, and ideas about how best to organize life at the shore. Based on long-term historic and ethnographic research in island and mainland fishing sites in Uganda since 2007, this project engages the productive liminality of the littoral to offer a fresh account of Africa’s largest body a freshwater, a system too often reproduced in scholarly and popular accounts as Lake Victoria, a "sick giant" still "in the heart of darkness.” By foregrounding gendered movements, meanings, and material forms of fish that circulate within and beyond these littorals, I examine how stories about the past shape and are shaped by contemporary policy debates, and how alternative—but no less accurate—accounts may inspire more livable futures. 

CAS, Antropologi