Home Fires Burning: Mothers, Motherland and Return to Postconflict Liberia

Monday, March 25, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 201 Media Production/Object Study Classroom
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Distinguished Visitors-Political Science

Distinguished Visitor Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, associate professor of political science, Babcock University, Nigeria

How do former Liberian refugee women navigate the complicated and mutually reinforcing influences of the nostalgia of motherland (‘home’), the tensions of their gendered roles and identities (mothering), and the political agenda of various local and global institutions, in their narratives and lives in the post-war period? Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Liberia and over one hundred and eighty interviews, I investigate how women’s intersectional identities together with local and international agencies and systems, co-construct returnee women’s imbricated experiences of ‘home’, and ultimately, shape their lives, their reintegration, and their nation.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, African and Africana Studies, and Gender & Sexuality Studies in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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