African Studies Program hosts April 11 talk on ethnographic research in Tanzania

Jessica Pouchet

International Programs and the African Studies Program invite you to attend an upcoming event titled "Conservation and Conversation: Ethnographic Research in a Biodiversity Hotspot in Tanzania." Featuring guest speaker Jessica Pouchet from Northwestern University, this event will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 11a.m. -12:15 p.m. in 60 Schaeffer Hall. 

What is it like to be a human in a biodiversity hotspot? Amani Nature Reserve, a protected mountain forest in Tanzania, is home to more than 30,000 people. In this talk, Pouchet will discuss her ethnographic research in the villages that surround this important natural resource, and how Amani’s residents navigate the dynamics of global environmental attention, economic marginalization, and a changing climate in their everyday lives.

Pouchet is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist who studies the political ecology of conservation. Her current research project is an ethnographic examination of how the people who live next to a protected mountain forest of Tanzania participate in conservation governance and debate issues of environmental value. Earlier, with the American University in Cairo, she conducted research on participatory water management in Egypt’s Western Desert. Pouchet’s work has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the National Science Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and has been featured on CNN.

This event is sponsored by the African Studies Program and International Programs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact James Giblin in advance at james-giblin@uiowa.edu or 319-335-2302.

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