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18:30 - 20:00 15 June 2017

Turbulence, Change and Interruption: Working with Informality in West Africa


B40 LT | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jane Guyer, National Academy of Sciences, US, Jane I. Guyer graduated from the LSE in 1965 (BA Sociology, First class honors), and from the University of Rochester, New York, USA, in 1972 (PhD Social Anthropology). She has undertaken fieldwork in Nigeria and Cameroon, and served on the faculty at Harvard, Boston, Northwestern and Johns Hopkins Universities. Her most-cited work is Marginal Gains. Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa, published in 2004. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012, she is currently serving on one of their committees, after retirement from the full time faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 2015.

As the informal sector grows in urban West Africa, and as many of the economic processes move into novel and emergent modes in a turbulent global political-economy, the temporal frameworks for its practitioners to predict, plan and create dependable infrastructures and relationships become a challenge. Based on a newspaper archive collected in Nigeria during the 1990s, a study of small businesses’ use of the energy supply in Lagos (carried out by Nigerian colleagues, with input from Guyer), and other published sources, this lecture explores research methods for identifying and studying the processes that are shaping the employment, incomes and services of the self-employed. It aims at topics, such as money exchange and management, and the extension of engagements amongst researchers from both Africa and Europe, and across disciplines.


Monica Barbone
+44 (0) 2031089289 | m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk


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