Rosalind Shaw

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Rosalind Shaw "is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University (1989-present), and has held appointments at the University of Edinburgh (1987-1989), University of Aberdeen (1984-1985), and University of Nigeria (1982-1984). She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of London (1982), has carried out extensive ethnographic field research in Sierra Leone since 1977, and has published widely on religion, social memories of violence, and post-war recovery. She is the author of Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and the Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone (University of Chicago Press, 2002), and is co-editor both of Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism: The Politics of Religious Synthesis (London and New York: Routledge, 1994), and Dreaming, Religion and Society in Africa (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1992). Memories of the Slave Trade was a finalist for the 2003 Herskovitz Prize for the best scholarly work on Africa. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, most recently a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace (2003-04) and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant (2004-05). She is currently writing up a four-year project on post-war memory, healing, and reconciliation in Sierra Leone that forms the basis for a broad reappraisal of truth commissions and the promotion of more locally effective processes of healing and social recovery following mass violence.“ [1]

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  1. Editorial Board, International Journal of Transitional Justice, accessed April 8, 2010.