Daniel Hoffman will be joining us from the Anthropology department to give a talk titled “Live Dangerously, Brothers: Liberia’s Ex-combatants and their place in the post-war city” on November 21st at 3:30 pm in Smith 304. There will be a reception following the talk in Smith 305 (across the hall). Note that this is a change in location from previous years. The abstract for the talk is below. Thanks, and hope to see you there!
Live Dangerously, Brothers: Liberia’s Ex-combatants and their place in the post-war city
Daniel Hoffman, University of Washington, Anthropology
Since the end of the Liberian war in 2003, thousands of young male ex-combatants have lived as squatters in the ruin spaces of Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Abandoned government buildings, beachfronts, and cemeteries serve as nodal points in a network of spaces through which these young men travel as they attempt to craft an urban existence. These places represent more than shelter in these young men’s lives. They shape the way Liberia’s ex-combatants forecast their future. While living “dangerously” at the urban margins has led these youth to invent creative ways to inhabit the city, it simultaneously limits how they imagine themselves as citizens in the modern city.