Anthropology Welcomes Two New Visiting Professors for Spring 2024

Feb. 14, 2024

The Department of Anthropology welcomes two new visiting scholars who are teaching in our undergraduate program in spring 2024: Fadi Bardawil and Jacob Geuder.

Fadi Bardawil is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Bardawil is teaching a new undergraduate seminar this spring: War (ANT 430).

Fadi Bardawil is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Arab Cultures in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist (PhD Columbia University), he engages questions arising from critical theory, global intellectual history, and postcolonial theory. A scholar of contemporary Arab intellectual traditions, Bardawil explores the different relationships cultural production (thinking), political practice (acting) and generational dwelling (living) entertain in different sites (Global North/South). He is the author of Revolution and Disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the Binds of Emancipation (2020). He is currently working on a second book project which revisits, in the wake of the Arab revolutions, the conceptual contributions of diasporic thinkers (Edward Said, Talal Asad, Leila Ahmed) on questions of orientalism, imperialism, universalism and secularism.

Jacob Geuder is a new Lecturer for the Department of Anthropology and is teaching two undergraduate courses this spring: Just Housing? Racial Capitalism and the Right to the City (ANT 228), in collaboration with the Program in Community-Engaged Scholarlship (ProCES) andXYZ; and The Anthropology of Law (ANT 342), a department staple in the Law, Politics, and Economics track.

Jacob Geuder is an urbanist with a focus on social movements, digital media, and urban politics. He his MA in African Studies and his PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland. During his doctoral studies, Geuder conducted an ethnographic comparative study of video activist practices in Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Consequently, he initiated the Urban Video Archive project, a repository for digital video activism from Brazil. As part of his academic practice, Geuder consulted for NGOs with a focus on climate and social justice, collaborated with independent grassroots media collectives in the Global South and right to the city initiatives in the Global North. These practical research experiences inspire his approach to co-creating ethnographic research.