Nina Sylvanus

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France

Phone: 617-373-3859
Office: 210M Renaissance Park
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Areas of Research/Interest:

• Urban Anthropology
• Consumerism and Materiality
• Value, Postcoloniality and Neoliberalism
• Gender and Globalization
• West Africa (Togo)

Dr. Sylvanus’ work is concerned with the political economy of a West African marketplace in the small entrepreneurial nation of Togo and addresses questions of circulation, reproducibility, aesthetics, gender and postcoloniality. She has published articles in Anthropological Theory, Les Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines, Politique Africaine, Les Temps Modernes and African Studies Review (forthcoming April 2013). She is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Patterns in Circulation: Fashioning Prints, Aesthetics and Women’s Economic Power in West Africa. At Northeastern, she teaches courses on Postcolonial Africa, Consumer Cultures, Gender and Globalization, the Anthropology of Capitalism and Foundations of Anthropological Thought.

External Affiliations:

• American Anthropological Association
• Association for Africanist Anthropology
• Society for Cultural Anthropology
• Society of Economic Anthropology
• Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology

Courses taught Undergraduate

  • ANTH 3120 Consumer Cultures
  • ANTH 4510 Anthropology of Africa
  • ANTH 4580 Special Topics: Materialism

Courses taught Graduate

  • SOCL 7252 Gender & Globalization: Postcolonial Perspectives