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Visiting Research Fellowships 2020

Layla Brown-Vincent

Layla Brown-Vincent

Layla Brown-Vincent is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston where she teaches courses on Blackness in Latin America, Black/Africana Feminisms, Global Left Social Movements, and the African Diaspora more broadly. Layla was trained as a Cultural Anthropologist but practices an interdisciplinary Pan-African Feminist scholarship and activism and also self-identifies as a “movement baby”. Her interest lies in producing scholarship committed to life, liberation and dignity for all peoples, most especially for formerly colonized/enslaved peoples of African descent. As a Visiting Research Fellow at Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study she is completing her first book manuscript, Return to the Source: The Dialectics of 21st Century Pan-African Liberation. In addition to completing her first book manuscript Layla will begin research for a new project provisionally titled, The Pandemic of Racial Capitalism: A Better World is Possible juxtaposing the neoliberal technologies of the disposability of life at play in the handling of COVID-19 in the US and Brazil alongside the socialist logic of the preservation of life at play in the cases of Venezuela and Cuba in order to explore the alternative world making that becomes possible through Pan-African thought, theory, and praxis.

Amaha Senu

Amaha Senu’s research interests include maritime security governance, illegalised and policed mobilities at sea, crimes and harms at sea, and the organisation of transnational crimes in the maritime domain. He is also interested in developing conceptual and methodological approaches to studying hidden, illicit, distant, mobile and dispersed activities in a transnational/globalised context, with a particular focus on maritime spaces. He works across International Relations, Criminology, Critical Security Studies, International Political Sociology and Global Political Economy. Before coming to JIAS, he was a Research Associate at the Seafarers International Research Centre at Cardiff University. He completed his PhD in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University as a SIRC-Nippon Foundation Fellow. As a Visiting Research Fellow at JIAS, he is working on his first monograph provisionally titled, Stowaways in Shipping: Crime, Insecurity and Global Governance. Currently, he is also developing two research projects focusing on drug trafficking across the maritime spaces off the coasts of Eastern and Western Africa.

Amaha Senu
Fazil Moradi 1

Fazil Moradi

Fazil Moradi is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences. Dr Moradi has been a researcher at the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment, and taught at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Halle in Germany. As a socioanthropologist of modernity, he is a fellow at Law, Organization, Science and Technology Research NetworkSci-Tech Asia Research Network, and Refugee Outreach & Research Network. In the recent years, he has started to work with medical science scholars on the long-term impacts of chemical warfare agents at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

His current research at Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study focuses on the destruction of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, its interrelated epistemicide/culturecide in Benin City, and on the restitution of the imperial-colonial artworks as a whole. At JIAS he organizes a monthly Virtual Symposium, bringing together scholars to participate in critical knowledge production and dissemination worldwide. Some of his publications appear in: British Medical Journal, Critical Studies, PLOS ONE, Genocide Studies International, CODESRIA, Routledge, Rutgers University Press, and Praesens Verlag. Dr Moradi has also commented on imperial politics, war, art, and genocidal and gender violence for various national and international news media, including openDemocracyCultureProject, Bohusläningen, Flamman, Läkartidningen, and NRTTV.


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