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How Can the Informal Economies of Africa Be Studied?

Lecture by Anthropologist Jane Guyer on June 27 at Freie Universität

№ 204/2011 from Jun 24, 2011

The American anthropology professor Jane Guyer will give a lecture at Freie Universität Berlin on Monday, June 27, 2011. A professor at Johns Hopkins University, Guyer focuses on the interface between formal and informal economies in Africa. Her lecture is entitled "Cash and Livelihood in Africa: Challenges for Research" and will be given in English. It is open to the public and free of charge. Jane Guyer is a guest of the Irmgard Coninx Stiftung in cooperation with the Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Center for Area Studies of Freie Universität Berlin.

Most people in Africa have little access to formal economies. Nevertheless, they are part of a money economy, and they buy and sell in different markets. What are these informal economies, and how they can be investigated academically? Guyer’s research focuses on the interface between formal and informal economies. For many years she has studied economic transformations, money management, and labor in West Africa.

Date and Location

  • June 27, 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute, Lecture Hall 340, Lansstraße 7–9, 14195 Berlin

(U3, Bus X11, X83 to "Dahlem Dorf" subway station; map at  )

Further Information

Anja vom Stein, Center for Area Studies (CAS), Freie Universität Berlin,

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