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Eric Worby

Eric Worby is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His research interests and publications derive from work undertaken in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania and Bangladesh on a very wide range of themes including state violence and the contestation of sovereignty; colonial and postcolonial discourses of law, ethnicity and development; transformations of labour and sexuality in agrarian society; Islam and public life; the ethical dimensions of migrant experience; and the expression of race, identity and desire in informal soccer.

For a decade prior to joining Wits in 2006, he taught Anthropology at Yale University, where he held a joint appointment in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and served several terms as Acting Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies. A co-convenor of the Sawyer Seminar Series in Comparative Cultures and the JWTC in 2010, he will be a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2010-11.