Associate Professor of Anthropology Susanna Fioratta on Coup in Guinea

September 10, 2021

Associate Professor of Anthropology Susanna Fioratta has written a piece for The Conversation on the recent coup d’etat in the West African Republic of Guinea. 

From the article:

"Videos of Guineans dancing in the streets and cheering as pickup trucks full of soldiers parade through Conakry have made the rounds on social media. But Guineans have experienced military rule before, and they know the consequences can be dangerous."

Fioratta is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research explores questions of mobility, belonging, personhood, and how people manage insecurity in everyday life. Her first book, Global Nomads (Oxford UP, 2020), examines a case of migration in Guinea that challenges simplistic assumptions about migration as a crisis to be resolved. Fioratta has also written about political rumor and conspiracy theory, migration and commerce between Guinea and China, gendered social expectations in an Islamic reform movement, rethinking ethnography, marriage as a path to adulthood, and the social implications of work and money.

Department of Anthropology