On 22 and 23 May, as part of the Baltic Anthropology Graduate School seminar, an open lecture will be held in English by Henrik Vigh (professor at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Anthropology).
Social issues, collaboration, and the anthropological method: cross-border crime and ethnographic criminology
This lecture takes an ethnographic look at the making of a ‘narco state.’ Taking its point of departure in the recent influx of cocaine into West Africa, it uses an example of cocaine trafficking from Guinea-Bissau as a case study to gain an insight into some of the more critical developments within contemporary globality. The paper clarifies the current movement of cocaine from South America via West Africa into Europe, illuminates the political and social logics at play, and elucidate some of the local effects of these global connections. In so doing, it moves across scale – from the subjective to the social and the geo-political – and clarifies how local social problems may link up in illegal and illicit global flows and movements.
The lecture is supported by an Institutional Development Grant from Wenner-Gren Foundation and the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA).