skip to content


Ethno-Erotic Economies

An Introduction

June 5, 2019

This workshop with George Paul Meiu (Harvard University) discusses methodological and analytical questions of "Ethno-erotic economies", based on his corresponding publication.

In preparation for the session, the introduction to the book will be read. Please indicate your status and field of study when registering. Once you have registered, we will be happy to send you the introduction as a PDF document.

Please register with Katharina Diederichs, Registration is required by May 31.

About the author: George Paul Meiu is John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on sexuality, gender, and kinship; belonging, citizenship and the state; race and ethnicity; and the political economy of postcolonial Africa.

About the book: In his book, Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, and Belonging in Kenya (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Meiu explores how the tourist commodification of ethnic sexuality shapes collective attachments and relations of age, gender, and kinship in Kenya. Combining ethnographic and historical methods, he investigates how young Samburu men perform their ethnic identity through colonial images of the "primitive," sexual warrior, in order to initiate intimate relationships with European women, acquire wealth, and build futures. Meiu's book received the Ruth Benedict Prize of the Association of Queer Anthropology and is a finalist of the Elliot P. Skinner Book Award of the Association for Africanist Anthropology.

Organized by
Global South Studies Center

Global South Studies Center
Classen-Kappelmann-Str. 24
3rd floor, Room 3.15        

Katharina Diederichs,
Registration required by May 31, 2019