Lecture - Africa Rising: Class or Finance

Lecture #5 in the Critical Globality series: Africa Rising: Class or Finance.
Start:25 Oct 2019 15:00
End:25 Oct 2019 17:00
Place: Lecture hall 'Biografen', building 41.1-14, Roskilde University

The big financial news out of Africa is “Africa Rising!” This exuberant expression refers to an “emerging middle class” that is the harbinger of new era for the continent. Development economists enthusiastically debate the magnitude of the middle class in terms of income distribution while anthropologists lament the economists’ failure to consider class-consciousness and group norms. What’s missing in their debate? Is the expanding middle class the result of a growth miracle under the shade of the baobab tree or the pragmatic development of new asset classes in the light of financial computer screens? Based on her new research, Roitman reflects on the disciplinary and methodological challenges of studying high finance and economic transformation today. 

Lecture #5 in the Critical Globality lecture series.


Professor of Anthropology Janet Roitman, New School for Social Research, New York.


Public lecture - everyone is welcome. No registration needed.


Critical Globality

Lecture series

Critical Globality is a new lecture series at Roskilde University. At a time when global questions radically increase in importance, we need to ask questions about how ‘the global’ can best be understood. With three invited speakers per semester, Critical Globality will engage international scholars in a conversation about historical and contemporary iterations of global connections, networks, economies and politics.

Convened by
Forskningsgrupperne Global Politcal Sociology and Global History fra Roskilde Universitet

Lecture #4: The Politics of Weltanschauung: Transforming Agencies, Scales, and Temporalities in Human-Earth Governance
Lecture #5: Africa Rising: Class or Finance
Lecture #6: Human Rights Dawn, Developmentalism Twilight: Rethinking Genealogies of Globalization