Faculty Bookwatch | The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles by Charles Piot

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Ranjana Khanna (moderator), Ian Baucom, Tsitsi Jaji, Hans Lucht, Achille Mbembe, Aïssatou Mbodj, Henrik Vigh and Charles Piot

RSVP for event & lunch at https://fixer.eventbrite.com

Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries for a Faculty Bookwatch panel on The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles (Duke University Press, 2019). In this book, Duke anthropologist Charles Piot follows Kodjo Nicolas Batema, a visa broker—known as a “fixer”—in the West African nation of Togo as he helps his clients apply for the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery program. Through detailed and compelling stories, The Fixer illustrates the desire and savviness of migrants as they work to find what they hope will be a better life. Read a Q&A with Prof. Piot aobut the book here.

Charles Piot is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies at Duke. He is the Peter Lange Faculty Director of DukeEngage and also co-directs the Africa Initiative.

Panelists include (updated 10/31/19):

  • Moderator: Ranjana Khanna, Director, Franklin Humanities Institute; Professor of English, Literature, & Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
  • Ian Baucom, Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
  • Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor of English, Duke University
  • Hans Lucht, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
  • Achille Mbembe, Professor, Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research
  • Aïssatou Mbodj, Tenured Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut des mondes africains
  • Henrik Vigh, Professor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Faculty Bookwatch celebrates and promotes interdisciplinary conversations on major recent books by Duke humanities or interpretative social sciences faculty. Each Bookwatch program brings together a panel of distinguished colleagues giving brief comments on the significance and impact of the featured book. The author also participates in the panel and the Q&A. A lunch and book sale will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. To help us with logistics and catering, please RSVP at https://fixer.eventbrite.com.

The Faculty Bookwatch series is jointly presented by the FHI and Duke Libraries. This event is co-sponsored by the Africa Initiative, the Department of African & African American Studies, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and the Duke University Press.

The Fixer book cover
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
Event Co-Sponsors
Africa Initiative, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Cultural Anthropology, Duke University Press, Libraries