Thomas Bassett is a professor of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire, 1880-1995 (Cambridge, 2001) and co-editor (with Donald Crummey) of African Savannas: Global Narratives & Local Knowledge of Environmental Change (James Currey/Heinemann). His current research focuses on the political ecology of land privatization in Côte d'Ivoire.
Mariane C. Ferme teaches Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1992, and is the author of The Underneath of Things: Violence, History and the Everyday in Sierra Leone (University of California Press, 2001). She has published chapters in edited volumes and journals on secrecy, gender, the political and religious imagination, and on the politics of culture. Her work has appeared in Politique Africaine, Cahiers d'Études Africaines, Africa, and Cambridge Anthropology.
Sten Hagberg is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Since 1988 he has carried out anthropological fieldwork in Burkina Faso for a total of more than five years on various topics such as forest perceptions, farmer-herder conflicts, ethnicity and local organizations, poverty and political culture. His current research concerns how ethnicity is articulated in discourses of history, religion and development in Burkina Faso. His recent publications include Between Peace and Justice: Dispute Settlement between Karaboro farmers and Fulbe agro-pastoralists in Burkina Faso (1998); Poverty in Burkina Faso: Representations and Realities (2001); the co-edited book Bonds and Boundaries in Northern Ghana and Southern Burkina Faso (2000); and several articles published in journals and edited books.
Joseph Hellweg received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2001 on the basis of his research among Ivoirian hunters. While a postdoctoral fellow from 2001-2003 at Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, he began new research on cultural conceptions of HIV/AIDS in Côte d'Ivoire's Odienné region. He is currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University, which inaugurated its doctoral program in anthropology in 2000.
Danny Hoffman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is currently researching the role of the kamajor militia in the conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia. His work [End Page 137] on the movement has appeared in Postcolonial Studies and is forthcoming in African Affairs.
Melissa Leach is a professor of social anthropology and Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. She leads the IDS Environment Group, which she founded in 1990 and which conducts cutting-edge, collaborative research on livelihoods, technologies and governance in developing countries. Her own research, much of it based on long-term fieldwork in West Africa and the Caribbean, has explored the social dynamics of forests, biodiversity and agricultural technologies; institutional aspects of local natural resource management; gender, environment and technology; interactions between science and rural people's knowledge, and the politics of science and policy processes across local and global settings. Her book publications include Rainforest Relations: Gender and Resource Use among the Mende of Gola, Sierra Leone (1994); The Lie of the Land: Challenging Received Wisdom on the African Environment (ed. With R. Mearns, 1996), Negotiating Environmental Change: New Perspectives from Social Science (eds. with F. Berkhout and I. Scoones, 2003), Misreading the African Landscape: Society and Ecology in a Forest-savanna Mosaic (with J. Fairhead, 1996), Reframing Deforestation: Global Analyses and Local Realities (with J. Fairhead, 1998); Science, Society and Power: Environmental Knowledge and Policy in West Africa and the Caribbean (with J. Fairhead, Cambridge UP, 2003).
Karim Traoré is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, Athens. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistik from the University of Saarland (Germany) in 1983. He received his "Habilitation" in African Literary Studies from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 1997. He is the author of Die Verlobte des Marabut (Misereor 1999), and Le jeu et le sérieux (Koeppe Verlag, 2000). He has published numerous articles on African literature and culture, and African cinema. His current research interest focuses on...