Faculty News

William Hart, professor emeritus of history and Black studies, has just published his latest book, “For the Good of Their Souls”: Performing Christianity in Eighteenth-Century Mohawk Country, published by University of Massachusetts Press. Click here for more information.

Damascus Kafumbe, professor of music and Black studies, received the 2020 Kwabena Nketia Book Prize for his book titled Tuning the Kingdom: Kawuugulu Musical Performance, Politics, and Storytelling in Buganda (2018, University of Rochester Press). The African Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology awards the prize biannually “to recognize the most distinguished book or monograph on the topic of African and African diasporan music published over the previous three years.”

    Upcoming Events

    Alumni of Color Weekend at Middlebury October 20-22, 2023


    • The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti

      Erin Durban, a scholar of queer anthropology, will discuss their book The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti. Evangelical Christians and members of the global LGBTQI human rights movement have vied for influence in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Each side accuses the other of serving foreign interests. Yet each proposes future foreign interventions on behalf of their respective causes despite the country’s traumatic past with European colonialism and American imperialism. As Durban shows, two discourses dominate discussions of intervention.

      Axinn Center Abernethy Room (221)

      Open to the Public
    • Queer Anthropology: A Dialogue

      Erin Durban and Lucinda Ramberg, two feminist, queer, postcolonial scholars, will have a conversation about queer anthropology: What does it mean to queer anthropology? How can we do anthropology, as well as ethnographic methods more broadly, in a queer way and for queer purposes?

      Axinn Center Abernethy Room (221)

      Open to the Public