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Title:Special issue: Crossing Africa and beyond: essays in honour of Marian Charles Jedrej (1943-2007)
Editor:Fontein, JoostISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Critical African studies (ISSN 2040-7211)
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:203-298
Language:English
City:London
Publisher:Informaworld Host
Geographic terms:Sierra Leone
Sudan
Nigeria
Zimbabwe
Africa
Subjects:anthropology
Funj polity
boundaries
rainmaking
Mende
Ebola
rituals
memorial volumes (form)
About person:Marian Charles JedrejISNI
Link:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcaf20/8/1
Abstract:This special issue commemorates anthropologist Charles ('Chuck') Jedrej, who worked in Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Scotland. For many his work was marked by its strong commitment to structural and symbolic interpretation, which is particularly apparent in his work on West African masking rituals, on Ingessana religious institutions and, in a different way, in his work on dreams. But he also worked on agriculture and 'deep rurals' and did consultancies for development organisations. He wrote about female rain makers in Eastern and Central Africa, and later his work became increasingly historically focused, exploring the transition of Sudanese peoples from the fringes of 19th-century, 'pre-modern' states into 'modern' 20th-century 'tribes', anticipating a renewed historical sensibility in Africanist anthropology. This issue contains a collection of essays by former colleagues and students, several of which were first presented at the University of Edinburgh's annual Charles Jedrej Lecture in Africanist Anthropology. After the introductory article, there is first a lesser known article by Jedej himself. Contents: Crossing Africa and Beyond: essays in honour of Marian Charles Jedrej (1943-2007) (Joost Fontein); The Southern Funj of the Sudan under Anglo-Egyptian rule 1900-1933 (M.C. Jedrej); Frontiers in 19th-century northern Nigeria (Murray Last); Charles Jedrej and the 'deep rurals': a West African model moves to the Sudan, Ethiopia, and beyond (Wendy James); Rain, uncertainty and power in southern Zimbabwe (Joost Fontein); Wish you were here: a postcard to Chuck (Jeanne Cannizzo); A matter of grave concern? Charles Jedrej's work on Mende sodalities, and the Ebola crisis (Paul Richards). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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