Author Archives: Amal Hassan Fadlalla

About Amal Hassan Fadlalla

Amal Hassan Fadlalla is associate professor of anthropology, women’s studies, and Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of Embodying Honor: Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in Eastern Sudan (Wisconsin, 2007), and the co-editor (with Howard Stein) of Gendered Insecurities, Health and Development in Africa (Routledge, 2012). She has written numerous articles on gender, identities, and transnational human rights and humanitarianism in the context of the Sudan. She is currently finalizing a book manuscript on Sudanese activism in the diaspora.


Biafra . . . In our time it came again . . . Emboldened by half a millennium Of conquest, battering On new oil dividends, are now At its black throat squeezing . . . Must Africa have To come a third time? —Chinua Achebe, “Biafra, 1969”1 In his analysis of human rights languages and metaphors, Makau Mutua argues that the human rights project reproduces colonial imageries of Africa’s savagery and barbarism. In his early work, Mutua argued that human rights discourse is characterized by Continue reading → Continue reading →

Humanitarian Dispossession: Celebrity Activism and the Fragment-Nation of the Sudan

On March 8, 2012, Oxfam America invited seventy “women leaders” to spend International Women’s Day on Capitol Hill to celebrate the organization’s activism initiative “Sisterhood on the Planet.” A diverse group of influential women, including politicians, faith-based activists, and celebrities, answered the invitation to promote President Barack Obama’s global “Feed the Future” initiative, which assists women farmers in establishing land ownership and control over food resources. The summit also highlighted the achievements of two women in particular: Kristin Davis, one of Oxfam’s global ambassadors and Continue reading → Continue reading →