Dissertation Fellow

2021-2022 AADS Dissertation Fellow

Ampson Hagan

Ampson Hagan

Ampson Hagan

Ampson Hagan is an ABD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His ethnographic dissertation is currently entitled "Deserving Humans in the Desert:  How Black Trans-Saharan Migrants Experience the (ll)Logics of Liberal Humanism via Humanitarian Care in Transit."  As the title suggests, Ampson Hagan's work interrogates the opportunities and limitations of humanitarianism in the Sahara Desert when such aid also attempts to promote border management and anti-migration imperatives of the nation-state.

AADS 5525 Humanitarianism in Africa

Human suffering amid socio-economic underdevelopment, structural and political crises, and "natural" disasters have long defined the predicament of Africa in relation to the rest of the world, as have the many humanitarian efforts to address that suffering. This course will explore these humanitarian endeavors, what types of politics they reproduce, and what the constant humanitarian focus on Africa contributes to assumptions and notions of "Africa" and "Africans". This course will engage these themes by analyzing concepts such as "secularism," "development," "aid," and "white savior complex" in the context of (post)colonial Africa, through ethnographic and historical research of specific case studies.