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; and African children’s drawings, their history, collectors, and uses.
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History and Anthropology of Central Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo
An Acoustic Register, Tenacious Images, and Congolese Scenes of Rape and RuinationCultural Anthropology
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.
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