Melissa Edoh
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Amah Edoh’s research interests center on the coproduction of social relations and creative and artistic practice, and on the interplay of place, space, and expertise in the politics of knowledge production, with a particular focus on Africa. Her dissertation, provisionally titled “Of Fabric, Fashion, and Fans: Dutch Wax Cloth and Imag-in-ing the New Africa,” is an ethnographic study of wax cloth (also known as “African print cloth”) designed and manufactured in Holland for West African markets. The dissertation traces the cloth’s trajectory from Holland to Togo, from design to advertising to market, to elucidate how African-ness is being imagined and produced visually and materially in the present historical moment.

Amah completed her undergraduate studies at MIT in Political Science with a minor in African Studies. She was a 2004 Fulbright Scholar to Zambia and holds a Masters in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Amah's dissertation work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Key words

visual and material culture; anthropology of art and design; politics of representation; blackness; African-ness



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