Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
East Ballroom, Hughes Trigg Student Center (map)
Professor Jennie E. Burnet, University of Louisville
Jennie E. Burnet is a sociocultural anthropologist. She received a B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Boston University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include gender, ethnicity, race, war, genocide, and reconciliation in post-conflict societies. Her geographic specializations are Rwanda, Burundi, and the African Great Lakes region.
Currently, Burnet is writing a book manuscript. Through vivid ethnographic detail, the book examines women in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The book focuses on the consequences of ethnic classification and the politics of memory and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda.
Her new research examines the impact of war, genocide, and forced migration on sexuality in the African Great Lakes region. In particular, the project investigates the social production of normatively gendered subjects and sexed bodies through traditional, non-surgical practices that transform the female genitalia and through efforts to introduce male circumcision as a technique for preventing transmission of HIV.
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