Ethnographic Approaches to Language: Mara interviews Thompson

Doctoral student Kathryn Mara served as ASAPOD host at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting in November 2018, where she hosted interviews with many ASA participants. Here she is joined by Rudolf Gaudio and our own Katrina Daly Thompson to discuss ethnographic approaches to language in an African context, the role of a scholar in shaping public discourse about Africa, and more.

Rudolf Gaudio is an associate professor of anthropology at Purchase College, State University of New York. He is the author of Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City (Wiley, 2009).

Katrina Daly Thompson is Professor and Chair, African Cultural Studies and Director of the Program in African Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her most recent book is POPOBAWA: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings (Indiana University Press, 2017).

You can find all of Kathryn’s interviews on the ASA podcast page