The papers on this panel will engage in the analysis of objects that allow us to unpack the complexities of culture, identity, and agency among African individuals and communities in this contemporary moment of economic instability and possibility and local and transnational linkages. Particular attention will be paid to objects and self-fashioning, the adaptation of objects and associated practices abroad, and the interpretation and use of objects as resistance.

Email attachments preferred with a brief description or abstract in the body of the email. Deadline to receive proposals is March 10. Send to wendy.thompsontaiwo[at] organizer is highly interested in papers that deal with objects in diaspora or migration, objects that signal power and status, and everyday objects that are highly commodified and recognized in specific ethnic, regional, or diasporic spaces.