by Laurian Last year in Ghana, I wrote about a new shopping mall being built in Cape Coast, Ghana, a city about three hours west of Accra. This year I am at work in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region and located in the middle belt of the country. As ...More
By Laurian B.
During a performance at Davidson College, LGBT rights activists and poet Staceyann Chin conjured one of my secrets.
- Being reserved or having nervousness or timidity in the company of other people.
- Tending to avoid something because of nervousness.
By Laurian B. As rural to urban migration continues to outpace housing in Accra, Ghana, I was unsurprised by the number of construction projects that took place during the summer of 2011. However, many of these building projects were not in the areas where they are needed most. Whenever I conduct research with migrants in Accra, there are recurrent conversations about the lack of affordable and sanitary housing. Rental fees can strip all earnings within a year for most tenants. Accra resident...More
By Beth U. Today I found out that a friend I met while conducting fieldwork in Punta Gorda, Belize passed away. She contacted me several weeks ago and I had yet to return her email, busy with a new semester of teaching. Panic and remorse follow me these hours after her death. Pieces of the days we spent together filter through my thoughts and the rawness of fieldwork returns. We walk the humid, mud-sluiced streets of PG at night. We grasp arms as our small boat to a remote island caye hi...More