Department of SOC/ANT/CRJ - Dr. Judy V. Rosenthal

Degrees Earned:

Ph.D. and M.A., Anthropology, Cornell University; Licence and Maîtrise, University of Paris VIII

Teaching Interests:

Cultural Anthropology, social theory, African cultures, comparative gender and sexuality studies, religion and ritual, anthropological theory, origins of racism

Research Interests:

Vodu communities in W. Africa, African diaspora in France, gender and sexuality in cross-cultural comparison

Recent Publications:

« Azé and the Incommensurable » with Léocadie Ekoué, in Cosmologies of Evil in Africa, Ed. William Olsen.  Currey Publishers Ltd.  Oxford.  IN PRESS.  2012

“Vodu Angels of History” in Activating the Past, History and Memory in the Black Atlantic.  Ed. Andrew Apter and Lauren Derby.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 157-184.  2010

“Possessed by Anthropology,” in Women and Anthropology, Ed. Maria Cattell and Marjorie Schweitzer.  Left Coast Press.  pp. 57-74.  2006

“Religious Traditions of the Togo and Benin Ewe” in The Ewe of Togo and Benin. Ed. Benjamin N. Lawrance.  Woeli Publishing Services.  Ghana.  pp. 183-196.  2005

"Foreign Spirits Inside the Family—Vodu Home on the ex-Slave Coast" in Women on the Verge of Home. Ed. Bilinda Straight. In Press. SUNY. 2004

"Trance Against the State" in Transforming States . Ed. Carol Greenhouse , Duke University Press. pp. 317-351. 2002

“The Unheimlich Man-Oeuvre” with Adam Lutzker in American Ethnologist 28(4):909-923 2001

"Foreign Tongues and Domestic Bodies: Gendered Cultural Regions and Regionalized Cultural Flows" in Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa. Ed. Maria Grosz-Ngate and Omari Kokole. Routledge. pp. 183-1998

Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in Ewe Voodoo . University Press of Virginia . 1998

Recent Presentations:

2012 (November) Annual Meetings of the African Studies Association in San Francisco. Salon on Ruth Benedict, with Carol Greenhouse      

2012 (March) Lecture and film presentation, “A la Poursuite des Esprits” in Pantin, France

2011 (November) Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association in Montréal.  “The Calling”

2011 (November) Annual Meetings of the African Studies Association in Washington D.C. “Azé and the Incommensurable” with Léocadie Ekoué

2011 (July) Lead seminar with graduate students working with L’Association Ahuefa in Pantin, France, lecture on “Des Subjectivités et Specificités Culturelles”

2010  Lecture and film presentation on Gorovodu for L’Association Ahuefa at the Cine 104 in Pantin, France.

2009 (November) Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association in Philadelphia.  “Fetish Society—in Consort with the Living Dead”

2007 (November) Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. “Writing Voodoo: On the Author's Spiritual Affect and Its Effects”; Organization of and introduction to panel on West African religions and their New World offspring, political economy and market exchange

2006 (November) Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association in San José. “Fetish, Philosophy, and Sex – Making Gods, Making Selves”

2006 (July) Invited lecture at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)  “Les Theories du Genre et de la Sexualité Selon des Societés Ouest-Africaines,” 

2005 (July)  Presenter and discussion facilitator for l’Association Ahuefa in Pantin (France),during “La Journee des Femmes,” with women working in careers traditionally reserved for men, with audience from France, North and West Africa, India, and with members of political associations, including the CGT and CFDT (unions) and the Communist Party

2005 (June)  « ‘Out’ dans l’Afrique de l’Ouest: une Theorie ‘Queer’ du Vodu? » - conference lecture and discussion in French for L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris

2005 (May)  « Les Femmes Vodu et la Resistance Politique » - conference lecture and discussion in French at L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris

2005 (April)  “Vodu Angels of History” –  invited paper for UCLA conference – Activating the Past: the Black Atlantic

2005 (February)  “Vodu Queer Theory” – invited lecture for the Department of Anthropology and the Africana Studies Department at Duke University

2004 “La construction de la personne dans la communauté Gorovodu, » Hour lecture in French for the Association Ahuefa International France. Paris.

2003 “Voodoo Economics,” for a panel on “African Citizenship in Exile, at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. Chicago.

2003 « Critique de théories feministes par rapport au changement politique: comment lire les derniers livres de Françoise Heritier et Elizabeth Badinter ? » Hour lecture in French for the Association Retravailler. Paris.

2002 “ Slave Spirits in the Family--North to South Diaspora on the ex- Slave Coast .” Conference on The Family in Africa and the African Diaspora, in Salamanca , Spain.

2002 “Gorovodu and Mama Tchamba—Spirit Possessions of Modernity in Everyday Life.” Conference on Globalisation and Changing Questions of Ownership in Culture and Society, at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

2002 « Les théories de Marcel Mauss : le don et la personne. » Hour lecture in French for the Seminar on Identities and Currencies led by Maurice Olender at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Paris.