Nancy Rose Hunt’s work focuses on the history and anthropology of medicine in Africa, with increasing attention to subaltern and health politics on a global scale. "A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo" considers imperial violence in colonial Congo and its consequences. Her current projects consider madness and comparative imperial approaches to psychiatry in Africa; she also is focused on African children’s drawings, their history, collectors and uses.
Areas of Expertise (9)
History and Anthropology of Central Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo
HISTORY AS FORM, WITH SIMMEL IN TOWHistory and Theory
Nancy Rose Hunt
This essay is an engagement with forms, objects, and the nature of sly poetics in historical practice. It wonders about how historians have been practicing and theorizing craft at a time when postcolonial politics are urging for stronger attention to the vernacular, the archival, the affective, and the aesthetic.
An Acoustic Register, Tenacious Images, and Congolese Scenes of Rape and RuinationCultural Anthropology
Nancy Rose Hunt
This article argues for the importance of rewriting the conventional atrocity narrative about violence in King Leopold's Congo Free State in relation to the present, the ongoing war-related humanitarianism and sexual violence in the DRC. The central idea is to push beyond the shock and tenacity of the visual, the ubiquitous mutilation photographs that tend to blot out all else; and instead seek weaker, more fragile acoustic traces in a diverse archive with Congolese words and sounds.