Roitman, Janet

Janet Roitman
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
Professor of Anthropology; The New School for Social Research

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Areas of Expertise:
Political Economy; Emergent Forms of the Political; Anthropology of Economics; Anthropology of Reason; Central Africa
Janet Roitman has conducted extensive research in Central Africa, focusing specifically on the borders of Cameroon, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, and Chad. She has published an analysis of the unregulated commerce that transpires on those borders, which inquires into emergent forms of economic regulation in the region of the Chad Basin and considers consequential transformations in the nature of fiscal relations and citizenship. More generally, her research covers topics of political economy, the anthropology of value, and emergent forms of the political. Roitman has served as an instructor at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques de Paris. She is a research fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a member of the Institut Marcel-Mauss (CNRS-EHESS) in Paris. Roitman is recipient of many fellowships and grants, and is currently devising a collaborative project on “The Archeology of Violence in Central Africa.”
Courses Taught:
  • Anthropology and Time
  • Doctoral ProSeminar II: Ethnographic Methods
  • Economization
  • Independent Study
Recent Publications:
Fiscal Disobedience: An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa. Princeton University Press, 2004.

“A Successful Life in the Illegal Realm: Smugglers and Road Bandits in the Chad Basin.” In Readings on Modernity in Africa, edited by Peter Geschiere, Birgit Meyer, and Peter Pels. IAI-James Currey-Indiana University Press, 2008.

“The Right to Tax: Economic Citizenship in the Chad Basin.” Citizenship Studies 11 (2007): 187-209.

Keynote speaker, symposium “Anthropology and Controversy: Rethinking the Position of the Anthropologists through Contested Research,” 27 – 28 November, 2008. Leiden, The Netherlands.

Annual Distinguished Lecture on Africa. Ghent Africa Platform and the Conflict Research Group; Ghent University, 16 December 2008.

Plenary speaker, “Rethinking Economic Anthropology: a Human Centered Approach”, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Department of Anthropology; London School of Economics, 11-12 January 2008.

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