Charles Piot: "The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles" | Faculty Bookwatch
FHI's Faculty Bookwatch featured Duke Professor of Cultural Anthropology Charles Piot and his recently published, "The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles." In this book, Prof. 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.
Charles Piot also teaches in the African & African American Studies at Duke. Panel: Moderator: Ranjana Khanna, Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke; Ian Baucom, University of Virginia; Tsitsi Jaji, Duke University; Hans Lucht, Danish Institute for International Studies; Achille Mbembe, Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research; Aïssatou Mbodj, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut des mondes africains Henrik Vigh, 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.